COVID-19

Promoting vaccination take-up at the Last Mile: Evidence from a randomised controlled trial in rural Indonesia

Crawford School of Public Policy
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Event details

ACDE Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 15 November 2022
2.00pm–3.30pm

Venue

Weston Theatre and Zoom

Speaker

Armand Sim, Monash University

In settings where resistance and rampant misinformation against vaccines exist, the prospect of ending infectious diseases remains a challenge. Can delivery of information regarding the benefits of vaccination through personal home visits by local ambassadors increase vaccine uptake? We conduct a door-to-door randomised information campaign targeted towards COVID-19 unvaccinated individuals in rural Indonesia. We recruited ambassadors—health cadres, nominated influential individuals, and laypersons—from local villages tasked to deliver evidence-based information about COVID-19 vaccines and promote vaccination through one-on-one meetings, using an interpersonal behavioral change communication approach. To investigate which type of ambassador is the most effective, we carry out a cluster randomised experiment that varies the type of ambassador that delivers the information at the village level. We examine the impacts of our intervention on the following primary outcomes: vaccination take-up, vaccination registration, and vaccination intention.

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