New American Neighbors video outreach project on COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy

Our friends at the New American Neighbors video outreach project have just produced and posted a set of nine videos concerning COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy. The videos are in Amharic, Arabic, Dari, French, Nepali, Pashtu, Somali, Spanish, and Tigrinya. Videos in Burmese and Karen will be added soon.

Each video addresses the facts that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and has been scientifically tested. Community members are urged to get their vaccinations when they are available for their priority group, but also to continue the good public health practices of wearing a mask, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing. 

Most important, the videos call out the misinformation in each video host's community that might discourage people from obtaining their vaccinations. Addressing prioritized barriers, the hosts assure their audiences that vaccinations do NOT change DNA, control minds, insert microchips, cause cancer, or prevent pregnancy.  

They have also provided a PDF and Word document (see below) of an English approximation of the script which is the foundation for the hosts' videos. This is not an exact translation as each video is tailored to speak to the concerns of the specific communities.

Paul Stein with New American Neighbors says “There is no cost for using these videos. Please share this link as broadly as you like, and let me know if you need assistance for cross-posting or embedding the videos for your own outreach.” He can be reached at paulsteinrefugees@gmail.com 

Click to view the videos.

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