The USAID- and PEPFAR-supported Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project hosted a webinar in a series on topics related to HIV prevention, care, and treatment for key populations—sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and people who inject drugs.
As COVID-19 vaccine availability improves in low- and middle-income countries, there is an urgent need to identify and rapidly scale up strategies that optimize vaccine access and uptake among vulnerable populations, including people living with HIV (PLHIV), and key population community members.
This webinar explores barriers to more equitable vaccine access and uptake among key populations and PLHIV; shares recommendations for how COVID-19 vaccination programs and HIV programs can expand COVID-19 vaccine coverage among key populations and PLHIV; and highlights examples of effective, locally led vaccine rollout efforts for these populations.
Access the webinar recording here and supplemental presentations below.
- Expanding COVID-19 vaccination coverage among key populations and people living with HIV (combined slide deck)
- COVID-19 in PLHIV: Rationale for ensuring COVID-19 vaccine access for PLHIV (George Siberry, USAID)
- Key strategies for vaccinating KPs and PLHIV (Meghan DiCarlo, EpiC/FHI 360)
- Addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among key populations and PLHIV in India (Padmavathi Kandimalla, EpiC India/FHI 360)
- Locally led vaccine rollout for PLHIV & communities in Nigeria (Hadiza Khamofu, EpiC Nigeria/FHI 360)
- COVID-19 Global LGBTIQ Emergency Fund (Travis McCown, OutRight Action International)
- Vaccine awareness, access, and inequalities among LGBTIQ populations (Rajesh Srinivas, Sangama)