Students Igniting Vaccine Confidence Program in Windsor-Essex

Students Igniting Vaccine Confidence Program in Windsor-Essex

Students Igniting Vaccine Confidence Program in Windsor-Essex

Dr. Dora Cavallo-Medved, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, University of Windsor

Dr. Sarah Woodruff, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor

Monica Tighe, St. Clair College

FUNDER: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)


Related Programs:
Nucleus Cores:


WE-SPARK Health Institute

  • Ryan Palazzolo
  • Adriana Grande
  • Karen Metcalfe

This project brings together a diverse and interdisciplinary group of post-secondary students from St. Clair College and the University of Windsor.

Project Description

The Students Igniting Vaccine Confidence Program engages a multidisciplinary and diverse team of postsecondary students to work collaboratively to design activities, translate information, and educate all members of our regional community about COVID-19 vaccines. The program aims to achieve four main objectives: 1) identify and understand drivers of both vaccine confidence and hesitancy, particularly in students and young adults; 2) focus on the unique perspective of racially and ethnically diverse younger populations; 3) develop and implement evidence-based practices that effectively promote vaccine confidence by addressing personal, social and physical barriers to vaccine knowledge and trust; and 4) leverage community partners and empower early adopters to inspire trust, ensure equitable access, and foster greater COVID-19 vaccine confidence. 


Social Media Campaigns

COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations Campaign


Our vaccine confidence team hosted a
webinar on December 2nd from 6-7pm,"Sparking
Vaccine Confidence Among Students of
This event featured 5 panelists
including a science expert, a frontline worker
and students answering a variety of questions
regarding their experience with COVID-19 vaccine hesitancies.


Watch the recording here or
on our Youtube channel.


Daily News-University of Windsor (August, 2021): Researchers Teaming Build COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Among Students&Young Adults

Daily News-University of Windsor (November, 2021): Students Lead Campaign to Address Vaccine Hesitancy

Windsor Star (November, 2021): Student-Lead Online Event to Address Vaccine Hesitancy Among Windsor-Essex Young People

Blackburn News (November, 2021): Student-Lead Event to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

AM800 (November, 2021): Upcoming Event Focused on Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among Youth

Daily News-University of Windsor (November, 2021): Webinar Intended to Boost Confidence in Vaccine Safety and Efficacy

CBC News (January, 2022): Vaccination Coverage Low in Windsor's COVID Hot Spots and Among Young Adults.

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