By: Namish Modi
A student and a professor from the University of Waterloo are working to improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake in rural Ontario.
Pharmacy co-op student Daniel Stuckless and Waterloo School of Pharmacy assistant professor, Dr. Feng Chang teamed up with The Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health to combat vaccine hesitancy. The group, located in Goderich, Ontario, is looking to increase vaccine confidence in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce County in Southwestern Ontario.
A story published on several media outlets, including Yahoo News, highlighted the work Chang and Stuckless have been doing. The story is written by Cory Bilyea, of the Wingham Advance Times, as part of the Local Journalism Initiative.
- Daniel Stuckless, Pharmacy co-op student
Stuckless says his previous work term and academic studies at Waterloo helped prepare him for the vaccination project. “My time in Thunder Bay helped my communication skills a great deal. In the ER you spend most of your time talking with patients and families and at times relaying information in patient-friendly language,” he says. “This helped me in designing some of the content for this project to allow for it to be able to reach as many people as possible, not just those with scientific training.