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

Greetings!

We hope you had a happy and healthy 4th of July, and stayed safe during our recent heat wave! July is a busy month here at WithinReach and the IACW. If you haven’t registered for our upcoming Coalition meeting on July 14, please be sure to register today!

We are looking forward to launching our latest e-learning course called "Fostering COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in Russian- and Ukrainian-Speaking Communities" later this month. Registration for this free training will be available on our website soon; however, in the meantime please register for any of our other courses! Additionally, check out and promote our Vax into Summer campaign! Read below to learn more and download campaign materials.

Lastly, we’d like to offer a fond farewell to Mackenzie Melton, our Immunization Manager who is departing after nearly 13 years at WithinReach and will be joining the Association of Immunization Managers. We wish her the best of luck on her next adventure!

Take care and we hope to see you on July 14 for our next IACW meeting!

WithinReach
Community Immunization Campaigns

Vaccination rates for children, especially pre-teens and teens, have plummeted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Vax into Summer" campaign promotes the importance of vaccinating school-age kids and adolescents, and getting the COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 years and older.

This campaign includes sample social media messages that you can share with your networks, and resources that clinics and health care providers can use.



World Hepatitis Day is observed each year on July 28 to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes severe liver disease and hepatocellular cancer. This year’s theme is “Hepatitis can’t wait,” conveying the urgency of efforts needed to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. Check out WHO's website to access key messages, materials and fact sheets for this campaign.


Upcoming Webinars & Events
July 14, 2021, 12:00 - 2:00 pm PST

Register today for our July Immunization Action Coalition of Washington (IACW) quarterly meeting! Agenda items include updates from the WA State Department of Health and a presentation focused on equitable access and outreach to communities for the COVID-19 vaccine.


To support countries with the implementation of national action plans on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the WHO HQ AMR Division has established a global webinar series. Join in to learn about WHO’s perspective on the role of vaccines in preventing antimicrobial resistance and to hear about how Pakistan has used vaccines as one strategy to combat resistance.


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

News

The three coronavirus vaccines approved for emergency use in the U.S. are safe and effective at preventing serious COVID-19 cases, according to public health officials and peer-reviewed studies.


The emergence of new and more infectious variants of the coronavirus has raised a troubling question: Will the current crop of COVID-19 vaccine prevent these variants from causing disease?


Overall, the vaccine results have been extremely promising even better than many had hoped but researchers have concerns about emerging variants and the potential for immune responses to wane.

Resources
QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS?
Contact us: ic@withinreachwa.org
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.