Multilingual women are countering vaccine hesitancy in Victoria’s culturally diverse communities

Excerpted from ABC News
By Bridget Rollason
Accessed 17 May 2021

“Vaccine confidence is very low amongst women … for migrant women it’s the problem of not having access to the information,” Adele Murdolo, executive director for the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health said.

Since the vaccine roll-out began, misinformation has been putting Australia’s diverse communities as risk.

“There is a lot of opportunity for mixed messages in migrant communities … but those communities are not anti-vaxxer, they often just don’t have access to accurate information,” Dr Murdolo said.

“Even though information was being translated into different languages, it was just sitting on websites and during the COVID shutdown we were unable to reach many migrant women through digital or social media, particularly in public housing.”

She said the more accurate information Victoria could get to migrant women where they lived and worked, the more they were able to make decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

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