Moving Beyond Vaccine Hesitancy: Understanding the Cycle of COVID-19 Vaccination Readiness and Acceptance – A Conceptual Framework
Orlando O. Harris, PhD, RN, FNP, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Department of Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Prevention Science in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. His research focuses on the exploration of risk and protective factors in sexual and gender diverse communities of color. He also focuses on understanding the relationships between intersectional stigma, violence, mental health, HIV, and other health-related behavior outcomes. Dr. Harris leverages multi-methods data, using community-based participatory research methods, to inform culturally relevant interventions that improves the lives of vulnerable sexual and gender diverse communities. His research aims to reduce disparities in health within these communities by developing programs that improve self-efficacy and promote resilience. Dr. Harris was appointed as an expert panelist to the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN), a panel funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to review all COVID-19 related vaccine trials. Most recently, his research has shifted to explore factors related to COVID-19 vaccination uptake among Black/African American communities.