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Research Project

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy among Essential Workers

Principal Investigator
Friedman, Lee S
Co-Principal Investigator
Forst, Linda
Research Area(s)
Emerging Topics
Health Disparities
Infectious Diseases
Workplace Health
Funding Source
CDC/ NIOSH U60OH010905


Illinois Occupational Surveillance Program (IOSP) – Supplemental Project to Address Vaccine Hesitancy among Essential Workers: The goal of the project is to increase vaccine uptake among low-wage, essential workers. We will build on our partnership with the Chicago Workers Collaborative (CWC), a workers’ center in Chicagoland that addresses the health and safety of low-wage workers with a particular focus on those hired through temporary staffing companies. The primary strategy is to scale up the Mobile Vaccine POD (point of dispensing) Program, bringing COVID-19 educational workshops--via social media and community forums--and mobile vaccine pods to the places where essential workers are located: their neighborhoods, apartment complexes, trailer parks, factories, warehouses, supermarkets, laundromats, food pantries, schools, and faith communities.