The NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) has released new research exploring the issues, barriers and perceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in NSW. Undertaken by Social Equity Works, with support from frontline community services based in Western Sydney, Illawarra Shoalhaven and Murrumbidgee, this research focused on people’s intentions and reasons to get vaccinated (or not), their level of knowledge about getting vaccinated and their primary sources of information.
The research has highlighted that reinforcing the benefits of being vaccinated, rather than dwelling on the risks, is more likely to generate behavioural change and a positive vaccine response from both CALD communities and the general population. It also reminds us of the immense value of the long-standing trust and strong relationships that exist between local, place-based services and the communities they work with – close connections that should be utilised to advance public health outcomes.
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