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Community Conversations on Vaccines

Immunization Advocates’ podcast, Community Conversations on Vaccines, explores issues related to vaccines and immunization in low- and middle-income countries through interviews with on-the-ground professionals in those communities, including health workers and journalists.

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Sabin Co-Hosts:

Vince Blaser, Director, Immunization Advocates

Francesca Montalto, Associate, Vaccine Acceptance and Demand

Episode 3

Nazima Raghubir

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Imagine this: you are a journalist covering your country’s election, and the COVID-19 pandemic breaks out. How would you continue to do your job well while keeping yourself and your family safe?

In this episode, we explore those very challenges with Nazima Raghubir, a Guyanese journalist and president of the Guyana Press Association. Vince and Francesca talk to Nazima about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her and the stories she tells, the importance of working with health workers and public health officials to communicate effectively, and the importance of equitable media coverage and dissemination of information for indigenous persons and migrants.

Full transcript (English)

To stay up to date with Nazima’s work, follow her on Twitter @nazrag, visit and watch her recent crime documentary.

Episode 2

Dr. Marina Shikhashvili

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In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Marina Shikhashvili, a primary healthcare expert in Tbilisi, Georgia, with over 30 years of experience. Vince and Francesca talk to Dr. Shikhashvili about the impact COVID-19 has had on the health workforce in Georgia, the challenges of treating patients remotely in a pandemic, and her call for global support to bolster health workers’ communication and community engagement skillsets on vaccines and immunization.

Full transcript (English)

Episode 1

Dr. Naveen Thacker

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In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Naveen Thacker, the executive director of the International Pediatric Association. Vince and Francesca talk to Dr. Thacker about the challenges of rolling out COVID-19 vaccines and his experiences delivering routine childhood immunizations and working on India’s polio eradication program.

Dr. Thacker discusses global barriers to vaccines and immunization, including issues with communication, the infodemic and social inequity and discusses the Vaccine Trust Project, IPA’s new online learning modules. He also shares his recent appearance in a PSA for COVID-19 vaccination, his experience receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at a press conference in Gujarat, India.

Full transcript (English)