The Eastern European hub, based in Ukraine, focuses on understanding vaccination uptake and hesitancy across Eastern Europe.
The main objective of this hub is to develop collaborative research and intervention to overcome vaccination hesitancy in Eastern European countries. To increase this coverage, our work will develop and evaluate strategies improving vaccine uptake and coverage among vulnerable populations, including those who are unvaccinated, who refuse vaccination, or who have false information about vaccine efficacy and safety.
Example. Moldova has eliminated measles, an accomplishment confirmed by the World Health Organization. This elimination occurred because of very high vaccination coverage and a strong surveillance system. Moldova, a member of our regional hub, can share its approach with other Eastern European countries to enhance coverage more broadly.
The regional hub, created in 2020, is seeking different types of funding mechanisms to conduct collaborative research and interventions to increase vaccination uptake across Eastern Europe.