Community efforts to promote vaccine uptake in a rural setting: a qualitative interview study

Nanyonjo, Agnes, Nelson, David, Sayers, Emma , Lall, Priya, Vernon-Wilson, Elizabeth, Tetui, Moses, Grindrod, Kelly, Kane, Ros, Gussy, Mark and Siriwardena, Niro (2023) Community efforts to promote vaccine uptake in a rural setting: a qualitative interview study. Health Promotion International, 38 (4). ISSN 0957-4824

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Vaccine hesitancy has been identified as one of the top 10 threats to global health. The causes of low vaccine uptake are many and vary at micro and macro levels. However, rural and remote coastal areas in the UK experience unique vaccine inequalities due to high levels of deprivation and their unique and complex access-related problems. This study aimed to explore community efforts to promote vaccine uptake during the COVID-19 pandemic and understand how the COVID-19 vaccination campaign was experienced by the public. We conducted an exploratory descriptive qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with decision-makers, health professionals and community members in Lincolnshire, a predominantly rural county with a long coastline, a large population of white minority ethnicities, and those living in caravan and temporary housing. Data were analysed using conventional content analysis. Overcoming the various access barriers to vaccination uptake involved working with local media stations, local communities and local community groups, translation of information, bringing vaccines closer to the people through pop-up and mobile clinics and provision of transport and ensuring confidentiality. There is a need to employ inclusive targeted non-conventional care interventions whilst dealing with complex problems as occur in rural and remote coastal regions.

Keywords:rural health services, vaccine hesitancy, Coastal Health, qualitative research, COVID-19, Vaccines, Public health
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
A Medicine and Dentistry > A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
L Social studies > L900 Others in Social studies
A Medicine and Dentistry > A990 Medicine and Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Divisions:Colleges (pre-August 2023) > College of Social Science > Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health
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Deposited On:14 Aug 2023 14:44

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