COVID-19 Peer Hub combats vaccine avoidance amid pandemic

Reda SadkiWriting

ADELAIDE, 27 November 2020 (University of South Australia) – More than 80 million children under the age of one at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases. UniSA researchers are evaluating a new vaccination education initiative – the COVID-19 Peer Hub – to help immunisation and public health professionals tackle the emerging dangers of vaccine hesitancy amid the pandemic. From March to April 2020, more than 50 per cent of immunisation programs around the world have reported significant disruptions to their vaccination services. The new program is developed and delivered by The Geneva Learning Foundation, and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the COVID-19 Peer Hub programme is connecting more than 4000 immunisation professionals across the globe – most of them working in developing countries – in a bid to keep essential vaccination programs open and safe during COVID-19. UniSA’s Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning has been engaged by the …