VaXWNY Research Consortium Guide: Home
The goal of the consortium is to provide timely information to ensure the efficient and equitable distribution of the vaccine in WNY.
This Guide is designed to provide access to resources for research related to the VaxWNY Research Consortium research areas. Some resources will be restricted to UB-affiliated users, but we will include freely available, open-access resources wherever possible. Please use the tabs above to find resources based on your research area. Contact the applicable subject librarian if you require additional research assistance.
VaxWNY Research Consortium: Research Ideas
Research areas include, but not limited as this list will evolve:
- Identification of Optimal Mass Vaccination Sites: The selection of mass vaccination sites across the 5 county region will be critical for the safe, efficient and equitable distribution of vaccine. The student will work with their supervisor to identify optimal locations based on key variables such as population density, transportation availability, proximity to existing locations that have been pre-identified and health equity.
- Assessment of Retail Pharmacy Vaccination Capacity: Retail pharmacies are currently being utilized to vaccinate individuals 60 years of age and over. The capacity to vaccinate these individuals is presently limited as a function of vaccine availability. As the amount of vaccine increases other factors that determine a pharmacies ability to safely, efficiently and equitably vaccinate other populations need to be identified. The student will work with their supervisor to identify and remove barriers that limit capacity.
- Medical Practices Capability Survey: Medical practices are well positioned to vaccinate patient populations in the community. At this time these practices have not received an abundance of vaccine. As vaccine becomes more readily available the capabilities of medical practices need to be assessed. The student will work with their supervisor to develop survey instruments, collect data and develop reports to HUB leadership.
- Identification of Homebound Populations: Individuals that are homebound present unique challenges to ensure they will be equitably vaccinated. Examples may include limited personal mobility, visual or auditory impairment, decreased emotional and social support or multiple co-morbidities. The student will work with their supervisor to collect data on this topic and develop recommendations to remove barriers for the homebound.
- Transportation Gap Analysis: Transportation availability for an individual, if any, directly influences their ability to be vaccinated. Rural versus urban settings have distinct differences. Also the type of transportation utilized such as a public bus versus private automobile will guide the selection and placement of mass vaccination locations. The student will perform a gap analysis for locations identified by the supervisor and develop recommendations and solutions.
- Internet Access Gap Analysis: The availability of internet access influences an individual’s ability to locate and schedule vaccination if given as the only option. Limited access may be a function of geographic location as it relates to broadband network service availability, economic disparity, hardware convenience, or limited user understanding of the technology being deployed. The student will perform a gap analysis for locations identified by the supervisor and develop recommendations and solutions.
- Second Dose Hesitancy Analysis: The vaccines that are currently approved require a two dose regime to meet the efficacy established in clinical trials for Emergency Use Authorization. Following the initial dose of vaccine, individuals may not return to receive the second dose for a variety of reasons. The factors that influence this decision must be understood to remove obstacles that may decrease heard immunity. The student will perform an analysis as directed by the supervisor and develop recommendations and solutions.
Information on these topics is likely to change often. It will be updated frequently, but be advised checking directly with state websites for the most recent information.
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Not a Member of the UB Community?
VaX WNY is partnered with many higher education institutions across Western New York including the University at Buffalo. While many of the resources on this guide are open to the public, some are only for UB students, faculty and staff. If you are a member of one of the other partner schools, be sure to check out their resources as well!