Covid-19 myth busting sessions

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Rotherham report on a series of seven 2 hour Covid-19 vaccine myth busting sessions that they held with the Refugee Council for asylum seekers. 60 people in total attended these.

The report outlines the format of the sessions and the type of questions asked.  At the end of the sessions, participants were asked to complete evaluation forms.  Nine out of ten found the session very helpful.  Before the session, three in ten had a positive opinion of the Covid-19 vaccine, compared to 93% at the end of the session. These statistics really highlights the success and importance of running these mythbusting sessions, encouraging others to make informed and educated decisions on the Covid-19 vaccine.

Participants were also asked what has prevented them from having the Covid-19 vaccine previously. This was asked to get an idea of the factors and issues that are preventing refugees and asylum seekers from getting the vaccine, and whether these could be changed in order to improve uptake.  The main factors included concerns about side effects, information on social media and family and friends.

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General details

Report title 
Covid-19 myth busting sessions
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Rotherham
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 2 June, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 1 January, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 30 April, 2021
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health protection
Information providing

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Engagement event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Diagnostic and/or screening service - single handed sessional providers

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
60
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Black/ African / Caribbean / Black British
Other ethnic group
White
Specific ethnicity if known 
African
Any other White background
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Other population characteristics 
Refugees or asylum seekers
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Neutral

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
No
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known
What type of impact was determined? 
Tangible impact (not cost related)

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.