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Optimising vaccination in Greater Manchester

What are we trying to do?

The National Insights Prioritisation Programme (NIPP) is a new collaborative that leverages the expertise of NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) and Academic Health Science Centres (AHSNs) to evaluate new ways of working, initiated or accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


We have received funding to provide rapid insights into the way vaccinations for COVID-19 have been provided to people living within Greater Manchester, with the aim of uptake local vaccine uptake and delivery in future.


We will take a rapid evaluation approach to explore:


  • Vaccination activity that has been implemented to date in Greater Manchester
  • The evidence or community-targeted vaccine delivery
  • The variation in vaccine uptake rates at a local area level across Greater Manchester
  • High priority areas and vaccine delivery approaches which will be the focus of further implementation
  • Whether the implementation of targeted vaccination activity may improve local outcomes.


Why is it important?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unequal impact on different groups of people in the UK. Greater Manchester has seen disproportionally high virus-related morbidity and mortality. Whilst vaccination has had a huge impact, varying rates of vaccine uptake may lead to different outcomes. By increasing vaccination rates, this work can reduce inequalities and provide a learnt, lasting legacy of best practice for vaccination delivery in Greater Manchester.


How will we do it?

We will use a mixed methods approach:


  • We will undertake a interviews and surveys with relevant staff to describe models of vaccination delivery
  • We will undertake a rapid review of vaccination delivery approaches that have been used elsewhere which aim to increase vaccination uptake
  • We will use routine data sets to assess vaccination uptake rates in Greater Manchester and at a more local level
  • We will draw findings together from earlier phases and work with local stakeholders to identify potential areas for further implementation
  • We will explore target implementation of vaccination delivery using an appropriate implementation framework.


Who are we working with?


More information

If you would to know more about this work, please contact Ross Atkinson (Programme Manager).