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Top Tools for Tracking and Talking about COVID Vaccines


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Vaccine Access Digest

November 2021
Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Top Tools to Help You Keep Track and Talk about COVID-19 Vaccines 

In preparation for family gatherings during the holiday season, IVAC and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer resources to help you share vaccine facts and stay up-to-date.

Understand Vaccination Progress: The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center developed a vaccine tracker to visualize COVID-19 vaccine rollout across the U.S. and world.

Map Vaccine Introduction: IVAC's VIEW-hub displays up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccine characteristics, vaccine introduction, and global access.

Ask the Experts: A shareable Q & A document answers top concerns from parents about COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 years.

Chat with Vira: Working with IBM Research, IVAC launched VIRA, an artificial intelligence “chatbot,” to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
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Watch: In new vaccine confidence campaign, Manjula Tai asks Indians, "Teeka Lagwaya Na?"

Vaccines dramatically reduce the risk of severe disease and death associated with COVID-19. “Teeka lagwaya, na?” or “You’ve been vaccinated, right?”, is the tagline for a vaccine confidence campaign developed in partnership with PGIMER, Chandigarh and with creative support provided by Wieden + Kennedy. Videos were written and directed by National Film Award-winning Bollywood director Neeraj Ghaywan.
The campaign, launched with support from the Johns Hopkins India Initiative and technical advice from IVAC, portrays a character called Manjula Tai who talks with her friends and family about getting vaccinated. To view the campaign materials, visit
The campaign emphasizes that it is important to continue COVID-19 appropriate behaviors even after being fully vaccinated, such as wearing a face mask. All actors were fully vaccinated at the time of filming.

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2021 Pneumonia and Diarrhea Progress Report Released

imageFor over 10 years, IVAC’s annual Pneumonia & Diarrhea Progress Report has tracked progress against two of the leading killers of children worldwide: pneumonia and diarrhea. This year’s report illuminates the emerging direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on achieving targets for progress in child health. Although the pandemic threatened access to immunization across the globe, several countries made substantial progress through vaccine introductions.

View the report here.

Recent Webinars

[Watch] The Future of Pneumonia Prevention: Building on the Success of Vaccines
Since World Pneumonia Day was established over a decade ago, global implementation of vaccines to prevent pneumonia has progressed but been disrupted recently by the COVID-19 pandemic. Delivery of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) remains a high priority for countries since they are a critical tool for reducing child mortality.

[Watch] A Chatbot Name VIRA: Social Listening and the Role of AI in Supporting Vaccine Outreach
Can chatbots powered by AI offer a confidential, scalable tool to rapidly respond to queries from the public about COVID-19 vaccines?A panel explained how VIRA, the vaccine chatbot developed by IVAC and IBM Research that’s accessible at, is used by frontline health workers in Baltimore City and other urban communities.
Community perceptions of vaccination among influential stakeholders: qualitative research in rural India 
Authors include Baldeep K. Dhaliwal, Svea Closser, and Anita Shet
Published in BMC Public Health, researchers investigated the role of stakeholders in India who influence caregivers' perceptions of vaccine acceptance. This work highlights the importance of thinking beyond the role of the mother, and designing strategies that target community members who have influence and decision-making power. Findings show that enabling community health workers to play a strong role in supporting vaccine uptake can improve vaccine delivery, bring agency to communities, implement lasting strategies for vaccine acceptance, and overcome context-specific barriers in areas of low vaccine coverage.
Implementing Serosurveys in India: Experiences, Lessons Learned, and Recommendations 
Authors include Alvira Hasan, Christine Prosperi, William J. Moss, and Kyla Hayford
In this article in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and  Hygieneauthors share lessons learned through implementing nine measles and rubella household serosurveys in five districts in India, including the challenges faced, the potential impact on results, and recommendations to facilitate the conduct of serosurveys.
Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccines: What Parents, Practitioners, and Policy Makers Need to Know 
Authors:  William J. Moss, Lawrence O. Gostin, and Jennifer B. Nuzzo
In this article in JAMAthe authors explain the implications for a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, and what stakeholders should know when considering policies. Vaccines benefit young children and help protect people at school, but several questions remain unanswered about vaccinating children against COVID-19.
Malaria vaccine is a triumph for global public health
Authors: Peter Agre and William J. Moss
In an op-ed for The Hillthe authors provide background on the deadly toll from malaria, and their impressions of the recently approved malaria vaccine. Despite providing lower than ideal protection, the new vaccine offers a glimpse of hope against the elusive malaria parasite.

IVAC in the News

The New York Times: What We Know So Far About Waning Vaccine Effectiveness

The Guardian: ‘Zero-Covid is not going to happen’: experts predict a steep rise in US cases this winter

WBALTV11: [Watch] Johns Hopkins experts discuss endgame for COVID-19 in Maryland

NBC News: After J&J, more people opt for Pfizer or Moderna booster

The Baltimore Sun: More than 200,000 COVID-19 doses wasted since vaccinations began in Maryland, state officials say

Verywell Health: COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Wanes After 6 Months, Especially for J&J

STAT: Not all Covid waves look the same. Here’s a snapshot of the Delta surge

NBC News: States, cities move ahead with boosters for all as FDA deliberates
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