Three leading health systems in Indiana are pleading for more people in the community to get vaccinated. Community Health Network, Eskenazi Health, and Indiana University Health joined forces in December 2021 to urge people in their communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, only 53% of Indiana residents are vaccinated with only seven states having a lower vaccination rate.
The advertisement states: “There’s nothing we wouldn’t do for the health and well-being of our fellow Hoosiers. But sadly, COVID-19 has tested the limits of what health systems can accomplish on their own. And now, almost two years into the pandemic — desire, expertise, and modern medicine are simply not enough.”
With health systems’ executives on board, the ad explains what people can do before COVID-19 resurgence. The plea is to get community members vaccinated, followed by getting boosted, tested, and masked.
The ad concludes with a message of unity: “Our strength is our ability to come together. And it is together, that we will finally see our way out of this.”
Each health system has taken its own approach to encourage people to get vaccinated and boosted. Teams from IU Health have worked diligently to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines by setting up vaccination sites at community clinics in underserved areas around the community and providing free transportation. The health system makes sure multilingual staff are at those clinics to serve everyone in the community. Its COVID-19 vaccination online resource hub has information that can be translated in several languages, including Spanish and Hakha.
Eskenazi Health is running its own social media campaign, calling out “The time is NOW to get your vaccine”. Community Health Network has an extensive COVID-19 vaccine page with FAQs that are regularly updated.