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From Doubts to Decision: Decoding Immigrant Vaccine Hesitancy in the Fight Against COVID-19

Unlocking the Puzzle: Immigrants' Crucial Role and Vaccination Dilemma
Immigrants play a vital role in our society, contributing their diverse skills and enriching our communities. However, when it comes to making decisions about COVID-19 vaccination, their journey is far from simple.

A Journey of Discovery: Understanding Immigrant Perspectives
We're embarking on an exciting study to shed light on this important issue. By conducting a systematic review, we'll dig deep into various databases, hunting for clues in articles that explore COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among immigrants.

Bridging the Gap: Targeted Interventions for Immigrant Communities
Our goal? To identify the predictors of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among immigrants, unlocking insights that can help us design effective strategies and interventions. Together, we can build a stronger, healthier, and more inclusive future for all individuals, regardless of their background or immigration status.

Yasaman Yazdani
MSc candidate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Migration and Ethnic Relations)
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Western University

Kevin Pottie
Janet Martin


Yasaman is an MSc candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She graduated as a medical doctor in Iran 4 years ago. She was the founder of an educational student association while she was a medical student. Recognizing the limitations of the routine educational curriculum, Yasaman dedicated herself to training future doctors in acquiring skills that were often overlooked, to prepare them for the challenges they would face in their professional journeys. Driven by a deep-rooted aspiration to make a significant impact on a large scale, Yasaman turned to research as a means to fulfill her dreams of helping others. Immediately after graduation, she embarked on a career at a clinical trial center, assuming the role of associate director. This invaluable experience exposed her to a wealth of knowledge in the design and implementation of clinical trials, while also instilling a strong commitment to ethical considerations in research. Beyond her research endeavours, she envisions herself as a "5-star doctor," embodying the roles of decision-maker, communicator, community leader, manager, and caregiver. Yasaman's unwavering passion lies in achieving health equity, particularly for marginalized migrant populations. She recognizes the unique health challenges they face and is determined to address the inequities they encounter. Through her MSc. studies in Epidemiology, under supervision of Dr. Kevin Pottie and Dr. Janet Martin, she aims to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in this field and develop evidence-based interventions and policies that can improve the health outcomes of migrant populations.  

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