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Health Promot Perspect. 2021;11(4): 434-437.
doi: 10.34172/hpp.2021.54
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Perspective

Addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: Lessons from the role of community participation in previous vaccination programs

Aanuoluwapo Adeyimika Afolabi 1* ORCID logo, Olayinka Stephen Ilesanmi 1,2

1 Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
2 Department of Community Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Aanuoluwapo Adeyimika Afolabi, Email: afoannade@gmail.com

Abstract

The acceptance of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine has been described as a gateway to attaining herd immunity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The critical role of community participation (CP) has been successfully demonstrated in previous vaccination programs globally. This perspective therefore aimed to describe how CP could be used to promote COVID-19 vaccination acceptance. To promote COVID-19 vaccine acceptance, it is required that a mapping of community assets, resources, civil-based organizations, and stakeholders is done to gain insight into the community culture and value in relation to COVID-19 vaccine. This will help to address the misconceptions while prompting COVID-19 vaccination sensitization activities that are relevant to each community. It is required that policy makers understand that the adoption of a comprehensive grassroots approach lends a voice to the community and helps to utilize community-initiated and community-driven ideas on promoting COVID-19 vaccine acceptance.
Keywords: Community involvement, COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines, Vaccination, Vaccination refusal

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Submitted: 07 Jul 2021
Accepted: 31 Aug 2021
ePublished: 19 Dec 2021
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