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Pandemic Preparedness: A Literature Review Assessing COVID-19’s Impact on Mass Vaccination Efforts

Antypas, Raymond B (2021) Pandemic Preparedness: A Literature Review Assessing COVID-19’s Impact on Mass Vaccination Efforts. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Mass vaccination initiatives have been a driving force in combating preventable diseases around the world and more specifically, the United States. With the emergence of vaccines for conditions such as polio, Americans have flocked to their healthcare providers in hopes of receiving protection from debilitating and detrimental diseases. However, the practice of conducting mass vaccination initiatives has been reserved in recent times to flu vaccine clinics where individuals were not rushing to receive their dose. With the emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19), private and public health institutions were forced to assess their practices related to vaccinating large numbers and ensuring they could do so in an effective and timely manner. The importance of mass vaccination initiatives to public health is a simple but valuable one: if we are to achieve any sort of success in countering a pandemic and benefiting the greater good, our methods of doing so must be refined to the fullest extent and continuously evaluated. This essay will first review the history of vaccinations and their rollout process to the general public. This will lead to a discussion of the methods undertaken to identify and evaluate the existing peer-reviewed literature available surrounding mass vaccination efforts and how they may have changed throughout history and how the COVID19 pandemic changed them. Personal anecdotes and examples will also be utilized to identify the impact these mass vaccination efforts have had on public health throughout the pandemic.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Antypas, Raymond BRaa181@pitt.eduRaa181
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFinegold, Daviddnf@pitt.edudnfUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberHershey, Tinatbh16@pitt.edutbh16UNSPECIFIED
Date: 1 November 2021
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 22
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Multidisciplinary MPH
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 18:57
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 18:57


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