Increasing vaccine access and uptake in Lahore

Lahore has been the main urban centre driving the COVID-19 case count in Punjab, Pakistan. Less than 40% of its population has received the first dose and it is in this context that Lahore District Administration has requested assistance in planning and delivering an efficient data-driven vaccination drive. This project has two aims:

  1. To develop a community and/or household-level social mobilisation campaign to promote first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. To assess the impact of the social mobilisation campaign on vaccine uptake.

We believe that a successful study has the potential to influence decision makers to implement similar social mobilisation campaigns to increase first and second dose vaccine uptake.

We will conduct a randomised controlled trial in Lahore, Punjab. To improve vaccine access, 206 temporary vaccination centres will be set up in Lahore’s 166 Union Councils. The roll-out will be staggered and accompanied by a door-to-door social mobilisation campaign that addresses resident’s concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, alerts them of a vaccine centre in the neighbourhood, and urges them to get vaccinated immediately. This door-to-door social mobilisation campaign is accompanied by community promotion that will involve announcements from centres as well as from community and religious leaders enlisted to encourage people to get vaccinated.

Outputs

  • Research in progress.

    Project last updated on: 14 Mar 2022.