Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – May 6, 2021


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AAP launches new PSA urging parents to get their children caught up on all vaccinations

On April 6, AAP launched a new PSA as part of their Call Your Pediatrician campaign that urges parents to get caught up on all their child’s vaccinations as soon as possible. This new video features a parent taking their child to the pediatrician to be vaccinated, and then turning into an animated superhero. This is a superhero moment!

PSAs are available in English and Spanish. View the Call Your Pediatrician campaign toolkit to download graphics for social media, videos, and sample social media posts. Be sure to utilize the campaign hashtag, #CallYourPediatrician.

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NFID issues strategies and messaging to promote vaccine acceptance and encourage the public to follow evidence-based COVID-19 advice

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) issued COVID-19 Communications: Promoting Prevention Measures and Vaccine Confidence, a report summarizing key information based on discussions at a virtual NFID roundtable with 50+ partner organizations in January. The report offers a scalable approach with strategies and messaging for COVID-19 outreach efforts to help promote vaccine acceptance and encourage the public to follow evidence-based COVID-19 prevention guidance.

Controlling the COVID-19 pandemic requires sticking to and normalizing recommended preventive measures as well as increasing vaccine confidence. Organizations and healthcare personnel need to take steps to build trust and support preventative measures. This report offers simple communications approaches that provide clear information, address concerns, and motivate action.

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HHS launches the national volunteer COVID-19 Community Corps initiative as part of the “We Can Do This” campaign to increase public confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a national campaign titled We Can Do This to increase uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing. Through a nationwide network of trusted messengers and consistent, fact-based messaging, the campaign helps people make informed decisions about their health and COVID-19. The effort is driven by communication science and provides tailored information for at-risk groups.

HHS invites you to join the COVID-19 Community Corps. As a member, you’ll receive timely, accurate information to share with your family, friends, and neighbors. By encouraging them to get vaccinated, you’ll help protect them and allow all of us to safely gather again. As a Corps member, you’ll get resources to help you build vaccine confidence in your community.

Join the COVID-19 Community Corps at no cost.

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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast with Chelsea Clinton to talk about her work on global health and immunization issues

Voices for Vaccines (VFV) has posted a new entry in its Vax Talk podcast series: It’s Chelsea Clinton! A description from their web page appears below.

Chelsea Clinton comes from a background of public service, so why is she working so hard on global health right now? And why is she willing to take a stand for vaccines?

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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New initiative: Families Against COVID-19 offers resources and materials to encourage your community to get vaccinated against COVID-19

A new initiative, Families Against COVID-19, supported by the Kimberly Coffey Foundation and the Emily Stillman Foundation, aims to help educate communities across the United States on the importance of vaccination against COVID-19. The initiative was started by two mothers who lost daughters to meningitis B. Their goal is to make sure no other family has to bear the kind of loss they went through due to a vaccine-preventable disease.

The campaign’s website,, offers simple, easy-to-understand information on COVID-19 prevention, including the vaccine. You can download materials so you can advocate in your own community.

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Join the national education and grassroots campaign, “Made to Save,” working to save lives by increasing access and trust in the COVID-19 vaccines

A new national education and grassroots campaign, Made to Save, is working to save lives by increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines and to trusted information. The campaign’s purpose is to aid in vaccine equity and access in communities of color by empowering community-based organizations to run grassroots outreach programs. “Made to Save” is proud to partner with national, state, and local civic and public health organizations to increase access to and trust in the COVID-19 vaccines.

You can join “Made to Save” for free at You can take action by attending training webinars.

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National Immigration Law Center posts “Answers to Common Questions about Immigrants’ Access to the COVID-19 Vaccines”

The National Immunization Law Center posted an article titled Answers to Common Questions about Immigrants’ Access to the COVID-19 Vaccines. A portion of the article appears below.

People in immigrant communities and advocates have expressed concern about barriers that many people face when attempting to access COVID- 19 vaccines. These barriers frequently are related to the concerns immigrants generally have when trying to access health care—concerns about documentation requirements, data privacy, eligibility, cost, and whether resources are available in their native language. This article provides answers to common questions regarding such concerns.

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AAP posts new, free vaccination infographics for social media

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Childhood Immunization Support Program has developed 10 new, free vaccination infographics that you can download, print, broadcast, and use online. Based on values that resonate with many people not yet vaccinated—purity, liberty, and protection—the infographics are free on the AAP Immunization Campaigns and Toolkits web page.

Please share these infographics with your networks!

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The Vaccine Makers Project of the Vaccine Education Center at CHOP invites essays from students in grades 6 through 12 for 2021 Dr. Maurice Hilleman essay contest

The Vaccine Makers Project, the classroom-based program of the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is currently inviting essays for the 2021 Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest. Students in grades 6 through 12 are encouraged to learn about Dr. Hilleman’s life and accomplishments and submit a 500- to 600-word essay that answers the question, “How do Dr. Hilleman’s accomplishments demonstrate the importance of creativity in science?” Entries will be accepted through June 4, 2021.

Details and entry form are available at Three winners will each receive $1,000, a certificate, a VEC prize bag, and recognition at a virtual award event this fall. Please feel free to share this information with eligible students or with teachers who might be interested in sharing with their students.

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IAC’s website can help you excel at mass vaccination clinics

The Immunization Action Coalition’s website assists you in finding ideas for developing your own mass vaccination clinics. Mass vaccination efforts will continue to be useful for expediting COVID-19 vaccination now, as well as other vaccinations in the future.

Many of the documents were written in the pre-pandemic era and will need modification to ensure that additional protections, such as social distancing and personal protective equipment, help safeguard against COVID-19 transmission.

In addition, IAC’s archived, full-length webinar (1 h. 46 min.) highlighting best practices and offering practical information for conducting a successful mass vaccination clinic, Mass Vaccination Clinics: Challenges and Best Practices, can be viewed on

If you have a resource to suggest for the website, please send a message to

The webinar and the new website are supported by a medical education grant from Seqirus.

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Order IAC’s “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine” buttons and stickers

IAC now offers “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine” buttons and stickers for purchase. Give them as gifts to family, friends, and colleagues. Place them on clothing, lab coats, uniforms, jackets, lanyards, ID badges, or backpacks to demonstrate confidence in COVID-19 vaccination.

Buttons: Wear them to reassure your patients and remind those around you to protect themselves from COVID-19. These are not just for people in health care! Give them to vaccinated people in your social network who are working to keep COVID-19 from spreading, such as your parents, hair stylist, grocer, teacher, and religious leader.

  • Description: Bright yellow, black and blue text, metal pin that clasps on the back
  • Packaging: Bag of 25 buttons
  • Dimension: 1.5″ across
  • To order: See Shop IAC: COVID-19 Vaccine Buttons and Stickers for quantity and pricing options


Stickers: Give away to COVID-19 vaccine recipients or vaccinated clinic staff!

  • Description: Bright yellow stickers on a roll with an easy-peel-off back and perforations between stickers to make them easy to tear off and share
  • Packaging: Roll of 200 stickers
  • Dimension: 1.5″ across
  • To order: See Shop IAC: COVID-19 Vaccine Buttons and Stickers for quantity and pricing options

Please note: Through a separate program supported by CDC, public health departments and selected CDC nonprofit Vaccinate with Confidence campaign partners have been notified about how to receive limited supplies of these items at no cost.

For questions, call 651-647-9009 or email

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Now available in Spanish! 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!

The photo frame (or marco de la foto) is now available in both English and Spanish.

You can obtain the frame in two ways:

Together we can end the COVID-19 pandemic!

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Montgomery County Immunization Coalition hosts a “COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall” in Spanish with English translation on May 12

Montgomery County Immunization Coalition (MCIC) in partnership with TriCounty Health Council, ACLAMO, Berks County Community Foundation, YWCA TriCounty Area, and Univision will host a COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall webinar in Spanish with English translation at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on May 12. During this interactive town hall, speakers will discuss COVID-19 vaccine myths, facts, and access to the vaccine. Doctors and local experts will talk about COVID-19 and its impact on the Latino community in Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties. This conversation will be offered in Spanish with English interpretation. Participants will be able to ask questions before or during the live event.

Register for the webinar.

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ImmunizeAR hosts 2021 HPV Summit on May 14; CE available

ImmunizeAR and the Arkansas Cancer Coalition will host the 2021 HPV Summit from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (CT) on May 14. Medical and dental professionals will collaborate on ways to increase awareness about cancer prevention and the benefits of HPV vaccination. View the agenda.

There are two ways to attend the 2021 HPV Summit: virtually or in person. In-person tickets are limited to allow for social distancing. There is a fee to register for the event.

Nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and dental professionals can earn 5.75 hours of CE upon completion of the event. There is a student/audit option for those who don’t need CE.

Register for the event.

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NAIIS hosts virtual meeting “Maintaining Influenza Prevention during the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic” on May 20

The National Adult Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) will host a virtual meeting, Maintaining Influenza Prevention during the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, from 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (ET) on May 20. The webinar will include updates on influenza surveillance, influenza vaccine uptake, communications planning for the upcoming season, and presentations by vaccine manufacturers regarding vaccine supply for 2021–22. The objectives of the meeting are:

  • Expanding the role of specialty providers for influenza vaccination
  • U.S. and global surveillance for influenza during 2020–21
  • Preliminary U.S. influenza vaccination rates for 2020–21
  • Communications planning for 2021–22, with an eye on hearing challenges anticipated from Summit partners
  • Estimates of 2021–22 influenza vaccine production: reports from U.S. influenza vaccine manufacturers

Register for the webinar.

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Indiana Immunization Coalition hosts two webinars in May: “Mandates and Behavioral Change Strategies: Impact on Vaccine Practices and Public Health” on May 10 and “COVID-19 Vaccines: Considerations in Practice” on May 20

The Indiana Immunization Coalition will host two webinars in May:

The Mandates and Behavioral Change Strategies: Impact on Vaccine Practices and Public Health webinar will be held from 3:00–4:00 p.m. (ET) on May 10. Alison Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, associate professor of nursing and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania and Silverstein endowed term chair in Global Women’s Health will discuss how vaccine mandates and behavior change strategies affect vaccination rates. CME, CNE, and CPE will be offered.

The COVID-19 Vaccines: Considerations in Practice webinar will be from 3:00–4:00 p.m. (ET) on May 20. This presentation will identify the various COVID-19 vaccine options and present current guidance for providers related to vaccine components, mechanisms of action, and considerations for administration in various age groups. The presenter is Samina Bhumbra, MD. Dr. Bhumbra is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. CME, CNE, and CPE will be offered.

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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.

To sign up, simply fill in your name and email address:

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

To subscribe, simply provide your name and email address at We will never share your contact information.

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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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Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH
Deputy 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

Marian Deegan, JD
Contributing Editor

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.