Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – April 1, 2021


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Featuring former U.S. Presidents and First Ladies as part of their COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative’s “It’s Up to You” campaign

IAC will host a webinar, “Updates on CDC’s Safety Monitoring and Communications for COVID-19 Vaccines,” on March 4 from 1 p.m. to 2

The Ad Council and COVID Collaborative announced new video PSAs as part of their COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative’s It’s Up to You campaign, featuring former Presidents and former First Ladies Carter, Obama, Bush, and Clinton. The videos encourage Americans to get answers to the top questions about the COVID-19 vaccines at and to get vaccinated soon. View the videos:

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Vaccinate Your Family issues special report on the state of our nation’s “ImmUnion,” highlighting 2021 vaccine priorities

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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast interviewing “The Other Dr. Sears on Vaccines”

Voices for Vaccines (VFV) has posted a new entry in its Vax Talk podcast series: The Other Dr. Sears on Vaccines. A description from their web page appears below.

Dr. Peter Sears is the not-famous brother of Dr. Jim and Dr. Bob Sears and a family physician. He is also a strong advocate for on-time immunization, even as his brother Bob is perceived as having close ties with the anti-vaccine world. We invited Dr. Peter to the podcast to talk about alternative schedules, ingredient fears, and vaccine mandates.

Voices for Vaccines is a national organization of parents and others who are dedicated to raising the level of the voices of immunization supporters. VFV invites everyone who values vaccines to become a member, use VFV tools in their own community, and sign up for VFV’s free newsletter. Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues to join VFV!

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Vaccinated against COVID-19? Let your friends know by adding IAC’s “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine” Facebook profile photo frame! 

Share your excitement about COVID-19 vaccination and inspire your friends! When you have received your COVID-19 vaccine, add IAC’s new “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine” Facebook photo frame to liven up your profile picture!

You can obtain the frame in two ways:

Together we can end the COVID-19 pandemic!

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CDC releases Rapid Community Assessment Guide with tools to help improve COVID-19 vaccination rollout in your community

CDC has developed a Rapid Community Assessment Guide to help state and local health departments diagnose and address access and confidence challenges related to COVID-19 vaccines. The guide follows a 5-step process to:

  • Identify objectives and communities of focus
  • Plan for the assessment
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Report findings and identify solutions; and
  • Evaluate your efforts

The guide includes customizable research instruments that can be adapted to different communities, including key informant interview guides, listening sessions, and a vaccine confidence survey. While originally developed for state and local health departments, the guide also can be useful for coalitions, hospitals, health systems, or community-based organizations working to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake.

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CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center releases “Talking about Vaccines with Dr. Hank Bernstein,” a series of short videos on COVID-19 vaccines

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Vaccine Education Center released a series of short videos featuring Dr. Hank Bernstein answering common questions about COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Bernstein is a professor of pediatrics at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The videos currently include:

The videos can be accessed from the VEC website or VEC’s YouTube playlist.

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FDA offers dozens of translations of the COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheets for recipients and caregivers

The FDA has posted dozens of translations of Fact Sheets for recipients and caregivers for each of the three authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Use these resources to help you communicate with patients about the importance of COVID-19 vaccination.

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HHS will invest $250 million to explain COVID-19 vaccine safety among underserved urban and rural communities

As part of the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, on March 8 the Administration announced it will invest $250 million to explain safety issues and encourage COVID-19 vaccination among underserved urban and rural populations.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) will offer the funding as health literacy grants to localities, which will partner with community-based organizations to reach racial and ethnic minority, rural, and other vulnerable populations. HHS expects to fund 30 projects in urban communities and 43 projects in rural communities for 2 years.

Cities, counties, parishes, or other similar subdivisions may apply for the funding through April 20, 2021.

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Public Health Communications Collaborative offers downloadable graphics and social media messages to promote factual information about COVID-19 vaccines in English and Spanish

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has posted a video recording of its 2-hour May 28 virtual meeting titled “The Critical Public Health Value of Vaccines—Tackling Issues of Access and Hesitancy.”

The agenda, briefing book, and other materials may be downloaded from the same page.

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Order IAC’s laminated versions of CDC’s 2021 child/teen and adult immunization schedules! Let your provider community know!

These schedules are ideal for use in any busy healthcare setting where vaccinations are given. Their tough coating can be wiped down, and they’re durable enough to stand up to a year’s worth of use.

The child/adolescent schedule is eight pages (i.e., four double-sided pages) and the adult schedule is six pages (i.e., three double-sided pages), but both schedules fold down to a convenient 8.5″ x 11″ size.


With color coding for easy reading, our laminated schedules replicate the original CDC formatting, including the essential tables and notes.

1–4 copies: $7.50 each
5–19 copies: $5.50 each
20–99 copies: $4.50 each
100–499 copies: $4.00 each
500–999 copies: $3.50 each

For quotes on customizing or placing orders of 1,000 copies or more, call 651-647-9009 or email

Visit the Shop IAC: Laminated Schedules web page for more information on the schedules, to view images of all the pages, and to download the order form today!

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AIM hosts “Engaging Faith Leaders to Improve Vaccine Confidence” webinar on April 7

Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) will host an interfaith webinar titled Engaging Faith Leaders to Improve Vaccine Confidence from 1:00–2:30 p.m. (ET) on April 7. Religious leaders from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities will address building vaccine confidence in faith communities. Attendees will learn best practices for building partnerships with faith leaders. The speakers will be Imam Sharif Mohamed, Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque; Rabbi Adir Posy, director, Department of Synagogue & Community Services at the Orthodox Union; and Reverend Alfred Babington-Johnson, founder, president, and CEO at the Stair Step Foundation. Following the presentations will be an interactive question and answer panel.

Register for the webinar.

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Indiana Immunization Coalition hosts several webinars in April: “Back to the Vax” on April 8, “The Imperative for Adolescent Vaccination in the Context of COVID-19” on April 13, and “Working Together to Eliminate Cervical Cancer” on April 28

Indiana Immunization Coalition will present three webinars in April.

  • Back to the Vax will be held on April 8 from 3:00–4:00 p.m. (ET). The speakers will be Lydia Green, a married mother of three and once “antivax” mom, and Nicole Baldwin, MD, a pediatrician at Northeast Cincinnati Pediatric Associates. During the webinar, Lydia will discuss her journey from being an “antivax” mom to becoming a vaccine proponent and advocate. Lydia and Dr. Nicole Baldwin will offer insight into communicating with parents and families who may be vaccine-hesitant or resistant. CME, CNE, and CPE will be offered. Register for the webinar.
  • The Imperative for Adolescent Vaccination in the Context of COVID-19 will be held on April 13 from 3:00–4:00 p.m. (ET). With the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for adolescents on the horizon, this creates some important considerations for keeping teens up to date on their other recommended vaccines. Presenters will discuss the issues surrounding catching up teens on missed vaccines, administering the COVID-19 vaccine, and factors regarding the timing of these vaccines. Presenters include Judy Klein, founder of Unity Consortium, and Dr. Greg Zimet, professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. CME, CNE, and Pharmacy Continuing Education will be offered. Register for the webinar.
  • Working Together to Eliminate Cervical Cancer will be held on April 28 from 3:00–4:00 p.m. (ET). Learn about a courageous woman’s mission to raise awareness about cervical cancer in the last months of her life. Dr. Rebecca Perkins and Dr. Kristin Oliver, who represent the National HPV Roundtable, will identify strategies to help us raise the HPV vaccination rates to lower cancer incidence in men and women. CME, CNE, and Pharmacy Continuing Education will be offered. Register for the webinar.

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Save the Date! Unity Consortium hosts “The Imperative for Vaccination Now of Adolescents and Young Adults” webinar on May 6

The Unity Consortium will host a webinar titled “The Imperative for Vaccination Now of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs)” at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on May 6. The moderator will be Chelsea Clinton, vice chair, Clinton Foundation. The sponsor, Judy Klein, president of Unity Consortium, will provide an introduction. The panelists will be L.J Tan, MS, PhD, chief strategy officer at Immunization Action Coalition; Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FAAP, FSAHM, professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at Children’s of Alabama; Kelly Danielpour, founder of VaxTeen; and a school expert (speaker to be determined). Discussion areas include:

  • The gap in AYA protection against preventable illnesses
  • Importance of well visits and routine immunization
  • Safety of healthcare provider settings
  • Why AYAs need routine immunization now
  • Status of COVID-19 vaccines for AYAs
  • What you can do now to engage

Registration information to come.

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Be sure you’re subscribed to IAC’s weekly e-newsletter, IAC Express, to stay current on ACIP recommendations, FDA licensures, immunization resources from many organizations, and more

IAC Express, the free weekly e-newsletter produced by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), is emailed to more than 50,000 opt-in subscribers every Wednesday morning, providing articles that succinctly summarize the week’s important immunization developments.

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IAC Express keeps you informed about new and updated vaccine recommendations from CDC and new vaccine licensures by the FDA. You’ll read about newly posted Vaccine Information Statements and their translations, and new immunization education materials from IAC, CDC, AAP, and others.

IAC Express also provides updates on online and in-person educational opportunities, many offering free continuing education credit.

To view the most recent issue of IAC Express, visit

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Urge your coalition’s members to subscribe to IAC’s IZ Coalitions Network News

IZ Coalitions Network News is a monthly e-newsletter for the National Network of Immunization Coalitions and features news of interest to immunization coalitions and nonprofit organizations, including advocacy opportunities, legislative efforts, immunization resources, educational offerings, and local, state, and national conference information.

IZ Coalitions Network News is available to coalition members and nonprofit staff, and all people who work with immunization coalitions.

Urge your coalition members and your co-workers to subscribe. All they have to do is send a request to asking to be included.

The National Network of Immunization Coalitions is a project of the Immunization Action Coalition.

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Please make sure your coalition’s information is up to date on, the website of the National Network of Immunization Coalitions

The National Network of Immunization Coalitions website at is a place to learn about immunization coalitions and nonprofit organizations, their locations, missions, activities, newsletters, and how to engage with them. The website promotes the activities of immunization coalitions and nonprofits, offers resources of importance to the network, and provides a searchable online database of local, state, regional, and national immunization coalitions. Interested supporters of immunization can find contacts, resources, ideas, and volunteer opportunities.

There are now 138 immunization coalitions and nonprofits listed on this website; view their pages here. If your coalition information needs to be updated, please email

New coalitions and nonprofit organizations: please add your organization on the National Network of Immunization Coalitions website by emailing for instructions.

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Deborah L. Wexler, MD
Executive Director

Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer

Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH
Associate Director for Research

Lisa Jacques-Carroll, MA
Coalitions Network Project Manager

Taryn Chapman, MS
Contributing Editor

Julie R. Murphy, MA
Senior Administrator for Grants and Leadership


The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The Coalition also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, health care organizations, and government health agencies. Click here for more information on IAC.