WV Public Broadcasting: Monetary Incentives Could Work For COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, But Does W. Va.’s Plan Make Sense?

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When Gov. Jim Justice offered to dole out $100 savings bonds to those 35 and younger as incentive to take a COVID-19 vaccine, it came out of nowhere. No other governor had made such a promise. He said a bold, creative solution would be necessary for West Virginia to reclaim its former title as a leader in the nation’s vaccine rollout. Dr. Kevin Volpp, the director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, said bonds aren’t a bad idea. He worries more that people won’t have their bond in hand soon enough. “If it’s the…

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Financial Times: Covid has shown the subjective nature of risk perception

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Despite many countries having since restricted the AstraZeneca vaccine, polling suggests it has had little impact on the way Britons perceive the risk of taking it. A YouGov/Times poll this month found 75 per cent still consider it to be “very” or “somewhat” safe — just two percentage points lower than the 77 per cent who felt this way in mid-March, before Britain advised under-30s to take an alternative vaccine. That is in stark contrast to the way the jab is now perceived in European countries. Such a notion might be difficult to prove. But the idea that emotions play…

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Seattle Times: One state is offering an incentive to get vaccinated against COVID: money

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, told his staff last week he wanted every idea they had. It didn’t matter how crazy or outside-the-box their proposals were. Justice was growing desperate to find some way of persuading his residents to get the coronavirus vaccine. It wasn’t until days later that the wildest proposition of all popped into Justice’s head: give young people a $100 savings bond if they get vaccinated. West Virginia was about to receive federal pandemic funding for testing, protective equipment and economic relief. Why not just take some of that money and offer it directly to…

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Fox 29: Are vaccine incentives and mandates the right approach?

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On Wednesday, President Biden announced another new tax credit for small and medium-sized businesses that give employees time off to get the shot. Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut a day to anyone who shows their vaccination card and the NFL Network talking vaccine incentives at the NFL draft next week. Fans who are vaccinated may be invited to view the draft from the exclusive “inner circle” in Cleveland. But is this an effective approach from a public health standpoint? Harald Schmidt, assistant professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, says no. He says access and trust are…

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NC Policy Watch: NC is making progress, but vaccinating homebound seniors remains a big challenge

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It’s become easier and easier for most people to find available COVID-19 vaccine appointments but getting vaccinated poses a particular challenge for homebound seniors. Getting homebound residents vaccinated involves coordination – connecting organizations that know where they are with vaccine providers, said Charlene Wong, chief health policy officer for COVID-19 at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. More than 100 vaccine providers are making home visits, Wong said, and people who need them are being identified by area programs on aging, faith groups, and others. Read more at NC Policy Watch.

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LAist: Many Firefighters Are Still Declining The Vaccine As A Brutal Fire Season Looms

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Last fall, L.A. County Fire and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health surveyed the organization’s 4,900 employees and found that roughly 45% of them didn’t want to get the vaccine. That was similar to nationwide numbers from around that time. L.A. County’s Kazan and his colleagues knew that if they wanted to convince their people to get protected they had to break through the misinformation. If a firefighter wanted to refuse the vaccine, L.A. County Fire made it so they couldn’t just not show up, or casually check off a box online. The firefighters instead would have to leave the bubble of…

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Dr. Buttenheim Provides Testimony to House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Vaccine Science

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Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor of Nursing and Health Policy and CHIBE’s Scientific Director, provided testimony on vaccine science to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on February 19, 2021. As part of her testimony, Dr. Buttenheim provided 5 science-based recommendations that she hoped Congress would endorse, fund, and promote: 1. “Embrace the dual goal of vaccinating efficiently and equitably.” “We have to be deliberate, intentional, and innovative in our approach to both tracking and achieving those complementary goals,” Dr. Buttenheim said. 2. “Fix the easy stuff.” While hesitancy is a barrier to vaccination,…

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Could Text-Based Nudges Boost Flu Vaccine Uptake?

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What kind of text — from your doctor’s office or your pharmacy — might nudge you to get your flu vaccine? This was a question explored in two new mega studies looking at text-based nudges by the Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG) and the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, which both include CHIBE affiliates. One of the studies involved over 47,000 participants and tested 19 different nudges within Penn Medicine and Geisinger health systems. They found that certain texts that were sent prior to a visit to a primary care provider could increase vaccination rates by up to 11%. The…

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Vaccine Acceptance   Behavioral economic principles can help us to understand what makes individuals more or less likely to get vaccinated. CHIBE researchers have conducted studies and provided guidance related to COVID-19, HPV, flu, childhood vaccines, and more both in the United States and globally. Here's some of our work in the area of vaccines If you'd like to partner with CHIBE on a vaccine project, email us here Strategies for National COVID Vaccine Program CHIBE researchers offered guidance for a national strategy to promote COVID-19 vaccines, using behavioral science and social marketing approaches to boost vaccine confidence and uptake....
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The ASCO Post: Socially Distant Drive-by FluFIT Clinics May Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Among Black Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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According to results presented by Washington et al at the AACR Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 and Cancer, administering colorectal cancer screening kits through a socially distant drive-by flu vaccination clinic increased access to colorectal cancer screening among Black Americans. “Black Americans are about 40% more likely to die from colorectal cancer,” said study author Carmen Guerra, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While routine screening for colorectal cancer can improve survival, the COVID-19 pandemic—which has disproportionately impacted Black Americans—has led to a dramatic reduction in colorectal cancer screening due to economic hardships and…

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