What Elvis Can Teach Us About Vaccine Marketing
Updated: Jan 10, 2021
As the coronavirus continues to spread, scientists are racing to create a vaccine. But vaccine creation is only one part of the immunization process. When or if a COVID-19 vaccine is available, public health officials will likely face an entirely different challenge.
Polling has shown that anywhere from about half to two-thirds of Americans say they are unlikely to take a coronavirus vaccine. So how do governments and health institutions market a product they really need Americans to buy?
On today's show, the story of how Elvis Presley helped market the vaccine for polio to a skeptical public, and what lessons we can draw from that campaign to help in the fight against the coronavirus.
A shorter version of this aired on All Things Considered on November 11, 2020.