A publication of the Immunization Action Coalition of WA (IACW) and WithinReach
May 2021


As you probably know, the COVID-19 vaccination is now available to everyone in WA State over 16 years of age. Over 50% of our 16+ population has initiated vaccination and nearly 40% of us (16+) are fully vaccinated! While this is cause for celebration, there is still a lot to do to ensure that communities feel confident to vaccinate and have equitable access to vaccines.

The WA State Department of Health recently updated their COVID-19 data dashboards to include information by race and ethnicity in order to help counties, community partners and the public understand and address inequities more intentionally. Additionally, DOH has published a great set of local resources for communities, including strategies for equitable vaccine distribution.

May is also Hepatitis Awareness Month. Did you know that the Immunity Community, in partnership with the Hepatitis B Coalition of Washington and International Community Health Services, has a free, e-learning course for providers, called Hepatitis B Health Disparities in Refugee and Immigrant Communities? We invite you to take this excellent and informative course and to please share with your networks.

In our May newsletter, you’ll find information on community COVID-19 campaigns, upcoming events and other information we hope you’ll find helpful in your work.

As always, stay safe, stay healthy and get vaccinated!

Community COVID-19 Campaigns

The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants and Migrants recently launched a new “Vaccination is” campaign to increase awareness of and confidence in COVID-19 vaccinations in partnership with affected communities. The campaign and materials were developed by local leaders and community members and are available in English, Spanish, Creole, Arabic, Dari, Nepali, Swahili and Kinyarwanda.   

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the health inequities in the United States, specifically for racial and ethnic minority groups. Many of these communities have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

The FDA’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity has joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ #VaccineReady campaign to address these disparities. They've developed social medial messages to encourage members of diverse communities to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In this toolkit, you will find Twitter and Facebook messages with a variety of graphics and videos on topics such as vaccine development, vaccine authorization and the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Upcoming Webinars & Events
This webinar will focus on the effects of climate change and its impact on vaccine-preventable diseases. Dr. Mary Hayden will speak about the weather and climate issues surrounding the distribution of the meningitis vaccine in West Africa, climate change’s impact on vaccine distribution and increased transmission of certain diseases like malaria and Zika. 

Hosted by the Unity Consortium and moderated by Chelsea Clinton, vice-chair, Clinton Foundation. Panelists from the Immunization Action Coalition, Children’s of Alabama and founder of VaxTeen will discuss topics on:

  • 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

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, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Free E-Courses

Hepatitis B Health Disparities in Refugee and Immigrant Communities

Drop Your Assumptions and Pick Up the Evidence: Strategies for Communication with Parents About Vaccines


The Food and Drug Administration ended its recommended pause on the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine on Friday and will add a warning to its label to note the potential risk of rare blood clots.
The decision, which clears the way for states to resume vaccinations, came after a panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted to end the pause.

As nearly 140 million American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and we inch closer to herd immunity, vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna have moved on to the next phase of the fight against the virus: studying to see if the vaccine will be safe and effective for children.

DJ Quicksilva was on the fence about getting vaccinated. The radio host, who lives in Prince George’s County, MD, had been eligible since January because he teaches at his DJ school in person. His doctor was pushing him to get the shot. But he did not trust a medical system he felt had too often failed Black men like him.

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Making the connections Washington families need to be healthy and safe. Promoting, protecting & supporting immunization as a vital part of the health and development of children and families.

Founded in 1994, the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington (IACW), a program of WithinReach, works to improve the health of the community by minimizing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases through the optimal use of immunizations across the lifespan.