COVID-19 Vaccination Among Newcomers to Canada
Dr. Shannon MacDonald, PhD, RN
Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 from 9:40 am - 10:10 am MST


The decision to receive vaccines is influenced by a number of factors, including confidence in vaccines and the system that delivers them, perceptions of risk, and ability to access vaccination services. These factors may vary for individuals who experience inequity, such newcomers to Canada. This presentation will share findings from a recent study of COVID-19 vaccination uptake among newcomers to Canada living in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Dr. Shannon MacDonald is an Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.  She received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta in 2013 and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary Department of Pediatrics & Alberta Ministry of Health (2013-2016).  Her research focuses on vaccine hesitancy, uptake, and safety, with an emphasis on supporting immunization best practice and policies. She has a particular interest in addressing system-level barriers and supports to achieving high immunization coverage, especially in under-served populations. In June 2020 Dr. MacDonald and her team were awarded $335,000 in CIHR Rapid Research Funds to examine the challenges in delivering routine vaccinations during the pandemic, as well as to assess COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in Canada, particularly among equity-seeking groups