Communication & General Public Outreach
Work package objectives:
WP4 ensures appropriate, effective external communication about the VACCELERATE project. It is responsible for the dissemination of knowledge to the general public about COVID-19 (and future pandemic diseases). The team communicates the need and importance to conduct large vaccine trials and the benefits of vaccination and investigates the impact of vaccine hesitancy and vaccine confidence on willingness to participate in vaccine trials. WP4 further compiles educational material for specific populations and identifies any gaps in public information about COVID-19 vaccination and vaccine trials in Europe.
Prof. Rebecca Jane Cox
Professor and head of the Influenza Centre, University of Bergen, Norway
Work Package Results
The European Vaccine Initiative (EVI) developed an ‘Inventory and gap analysis report of existing public outreach material’ as part of VACCELERATE, the pan-European network for clinical trials of COVID -19 vaccines. This was done to identify and tackle existing gaps in public information material on COVID-19 vaccine trials in Europe, with special emphasis on identifying informational, promotional and educational material for underserved groups.