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Let’s talk! Harnessing the power and influence of the media to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination in Zambia


In December 2021, with a national vaccination coverage of 12.5%, the Zambian government launched a COVID-19 vaccination campaign to get 2 million doses in arms by the end of the year. In addition, the government introduced new COVID-19 vaccination guidelines, which included requiring vaccination proof for public-sector workers to access public buildings. When this unleashed a storm of protest from anti-vaxxers, the JSI-implemented USAID DISCOVER-Health Project supported the Zambian president's COVID-Czar who would address the media in all 10 provincial capitals and encourage vaccine uptake. This abstract was shared at the AIDS 2022 Conference. 

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