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VARN2023

The Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) hosted its second  conference co-convened with UNICEF and co-sponsored by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and in support of COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership priority countries. VARN2023 was a space for exploration and wide dissemination of knowledge, practice, and evidence-informed strategies for driving action across the vaccination acceptance, demand, and delivery ecosystem.

Cover of the VARN 2023 report

Conference Report

The VARN2023 Conference Report is a comprehensive document summarizing the key findings and discussions from the 2023 Vaccine Acceptance Research Network (VARN) Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, June 13-15, 2023. The report highlights the latest advancements, challenges, and strategies related to vaccine acceptance, demand, and delivery and should be a useful resource for public health professionals, researchers, and policymakers.

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Presentations

Watch the recordings of all the sessions at VARN2023, including plenaries, concurrent sessions, and side events.

Playlist of all Recordings

Posters

Explore the posters presented at the conference focused on four key themes: life-course vaccination, childhood essential immunization, social listening and combating misinformation, and demand generation.

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Key Findings from VARN2023

VARN2023 was a space for multidisciplinary experts across the world focused on advancing immunization in their communities, countries, and regions. Explore some of the conference’s key findings.

VARN2023 Key Findings

  1. Put vaccine equity and inclusion at the heart of programming to improve vaccine confidence, demand and delivery, and reach diverse and marginalized communities.
  2. Prioritize communities in immunization service delivery through people-centered approaches and tools
  3. Encourage innovative, community-centric solutions and programs for improved routine immunization coverage and to reduce the number of zero-dose children
  4. Strengthen vaccination across the life-course through building vaccine demand and service integration will contribute to pandemic preparedness and maximize the benefits of future vaccines for all
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Put vaccine equity and inclusion at the heart of programming to improve vaccine confidence, demand and delivery, and reach diverse and marginalized communities.

  • Social inequities, including due to gender, remain a barrier to immunize marginalized groups and contributes to growing numbers of zero-dose children
  • Achieving vaccine equity is complex, but it is the pathway through which
    to build vaccine confidence, demand, and uptake for all
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Prioritize communities in immunization service delivery through people-centered approaches and tools

  • Behavior science can help build local capacities to generate insights and design and assess equitable evidence-informed solutions
  • Community perceptions and experiences of immunization need to be heard by the health sector and policymakers to build trust and combat misinformation
  • A diverse range of people-centered approaches can be used to empower communities and health workers and co-develop strategies to improve vaccine confidence, demand, and access
  • Improving the immunization services experience is important to strengthen trust in
    health systems and build motivation to improve vaccine demand and uptake
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Encourage innovative, community-centric solutions and programs for improved routine immunization coverage and to reduce the number of zero-dose children

  • Social influencers, community mobilizers, and action groups are effective at increasing community-level vaccine demand through their influence over a key audiences, which may be related to gender, age group, peer group, work, or skills
  • Keeping track of parents’ and child caregivers’ journey to vaccinate children can help identify challenges and opportunities that can be addressed by the public and private sectors to increase vaccination access
  • Given competing health priorities at the community level, a community-oriented primary care model can generate vaccine demand by identifying an integrated package of health services that includes vaccination
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Strengthen vaccination across the life course through building vaccine demand and service integration will contribute to pandemic preparedness and maximize the benefits of future vaccines for all

  • Building vaccine confidence and demand is critical to strengthen vaccination across the life-course, which will contribute to pandemic preparedness and maximize the benefits of future vaccines for all
  • Integrating life-course vaccines with primary healthcare and other elements of service
    delivery can boost demand, uptake, and service delivery
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Join VARN!

Our network is comprised of multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral professionals focused on surfacing evidence-based solutions from research and practice to optimize vaccine acceptance, demand, and delivery in low-resourced settings, which are critical to boosting vaccine uptake, public health, and economies.

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