Trust is a key component of successful roll-out of any vaccination program.
Yet – trust building and acceptance around vaccines, and COVID-19 vaccines in particular, remain an under-explored area. And when explored it often lacks a focus on people and community – the human element. There is merit in changing the way the world thinks about vaccine acceptance in Africa. As Director of Africa CDC, Dr John Nkengasong, has made a call to action: “Let’s find out what is the wall between us and the communities, and how we bridge the trust gap”.
Covid has uncovered deep-seated issues around vaccines:
Governments and institutions are coming to understand the importance of planning for and mitigating risks related to vaccine acceptance. Several reports such as the GOARN COVID-19 Global Risk Communication and Engagement Strategy report are focusing on building trust and social cohesion to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
This roundtable discussion contemplates the development of a trust framework and how actors and institutions, national governments as well as local organizations would utilize this framework and how will it impact their success in achieving equitable vaccine delivery and uptake in the future.