'Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.'
‘We have seen before how inequalities prolong crises, which is why all countries must help to end this pandemic for everyone, everywhere.'
Everyone should have a fair and equal chance of being protected against COVID-19, no matter where they live.
We have an historic opportunity to end the COVID-19 pandemic, but we all need to come together to be able to do this.
I want to be able to look back and say that I helped deliver history. If you'd like to be part of the biggest vaccine drive the world has known, please consider sponsoring me. All donations will go towards getting vaccines in arms and nowhere else! Thank you!
This World Immunisation Week (24-30th April 2021) I'm going to be taking 150,000 sponsored steps to raise vital funds for VaccinAid. I will be wearing my UNICEF tee shirt every step of the way to raise awareness of their VaccinAid initiative.
Together we can provide vaccines to health workers, teachers and vulnerable people across the world. So, we can all be protected and get back to the things and people we love. If you've had your vaccine and would like to show your gratitude by 'paying it forward' and helping someone else get theirs, it would be wonderful.
Let's come together for humanity and show the world we care.
"We're trying to do it to secure our futures and the futures of our children." -Gian Gandhi – UNICEF's COVAX Coordinator for Supply Division
UNICEF - Reaching every community, everywhere with life-saving vaccines.
Vaccines save millions of lives each year. The development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a huge step forward in our global effort to end the pandemic and to keep families and communities safe.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a devastating reminder of the chaos caused by diseases we cannot prevent. Thanks to vaccines, we now have a way of ending this pandemic and rebuilding our lives.
Vaccines allow us to come together, shoulder to shoulder – in schools, communities and places of worship. They are the best hope we have of ending the COVID-19 pandemic and getting back to doing the things we enjoy with the people we love.
Help UNICEF deliver history
UNICEF is ensuring no one is left behind in the race to vaccinate against COVID-19. Because we'll only be safe when we're all safe. This is the biggest health and logistics project in history - and you can help.
UNICEF is the only global organisation ready to deliver an operation of this size, being experts in large-scale vaccination initiatives. As part of the COVAX Facility, with your help, they're using their extensive knowledge and infrastructure to deliver COVID-19 vaccines around the world. COVAX is a ground-breaking collaboration between 190 countries - its aim is simple: ensure every country in the world has fair and equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines. It's co-led by Gavi (The Vaccine Alliance) and the WHO, among others.
COVAX is part of a global effort aimed at accelerating the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines and guaranteeing fair and equitable access around the world. No country will be safe from COVID-19 until all countries are protected.
There are 190 countries and territories engaged in the COVAX Facility, which account for over 90 per cent of the world’s population. Working with CEPI, GAVI, WHO and other partners, UNICEF is leading efforts to procure and supply COVID-19 vaccines on behalf of COVAX.
"We see now an increased eagerness from partners that favour working together towards the same objectives. It’s quite amazing to be part of it."- Mounir Bouazar - COVID-19 vaccine Global Logistics Lead in UNICEF Supply Division
Who's getting vaccinated?
Vaccines are being prioritised for frontline health and social workers, teachers, and those at highest risk from the virus. Your donation will help struggling health services get back on their feet, as well as help millions of children go back to school while protecting the most at-risk people.
"A school closing down is not just a temporary inconvenience. It can change the course of a child's life." - Robert Jenkins – UNICEF Global Chief of Education
How can I help?
By sponsoring me and donating to this fundraiser, you're helping bring us all one step closer to beating this pandemic.
Just £15 could help transport more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in-country.
A donation of £25 could provide 20 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to health workers, teachers, or vulnerable people around the world.
A £50 donation could train all health workers in a health facility on administering the COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments.
£100 covers the cost of delivering 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for more than 35 people.
We're all in this together, whatever you can give will help deliver history to every corner of the world.
"I hope we will be able to say we made a difference. To make a difference we need to be able to act very fast." - Thomas Sorensen – Senior Manager in the Cold Chain Unit in UNICEF Supply Division
Global COVID-19 vaccines rollout began on 24th February 2021. In the first 2 weeks, nearly 30 million doses were delivered to 32 countries. This is just the beginning. With your help, UNICEF will deliver 2 billion doses before the end of the year.
2 billion vaccines
COVID-19 doesn't respect borders. To beat this virus, we have to see the bigger picture. We'll only begin to recover from the pandemic when people in lower-income countries - as well as wealthier countries - have access to the vaccines. UNICEF is on a mission to deliver 2 billion vaccines around the world this year.
Your support will help them get there.
"We have never been confronted with such urgency on a global scale and it will require all-hands-on-deck across UNICEF and our partners." - Etleva “Eva” Kadilli – Director of UNICEF Supply Division
The VaccinAid campaign, launched by UNICEF UK and Crowdfunder encourages us to come together and 'Give the world a shot' by building on the goodwill towards the UK's own successful coronavirus vaccination programme. The movement aims to raise money to supply COVID-19 vaccines to health workers and the most high-risk and vulnerable people around the world, regardless of where they live. It is supported by the NHS.
The money raised by VaacinAid will help UNICEF purchase and deliver nearly two billion covid-19 vaccines this year as well as tests and treatments, to 190 countries around the world through the global COVAX initiative.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to feel safe, no matter where they live, and the aim of the VaccinAid campaign is to protect everyone from Covid-19"
“I’ve seen the amazing lengths Unicef goes to getting vaccines to those who need it the most.” David Harewood, Actor and UNICEF ambassador
UNICEF said the campaign was 'the biggest health operation in history, to ensure no-one is left behind in the efforts to eradicate covid-19 and its devastating impact'.
Steven Waugh, interim executive director of Unicef UK, said: “The launch of today’s VaccinAid campaign comes at a historic moment for Unicef in the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines around the world.
“Having so many organisations and high-profile individuals come together to show their support for the appeal gives us a real chance of unlocking vital funds that will enable Unicef to fulfil its critical mission of protecting the world against Covid-19."
“I am incredibly excited to be asking the nation to ‘give the world a shot’ over the next few months, as here at Unicef we know it will ultimately help save lives around the world.”
Crowdfunder chief executive Rob Love said: “Crowdfunder is proud to be joining forces with Unicef to launch VaccinAid and support the biggest vaccine rollout in history.
“Over the past year, we have seen a sharp rise in people fundraising for causes linked to the Covid-19 pandemic on our platform.
“Crowdfunder was created to help solve the challenges that governments and charities cannot tackle on their own, by bringing organisations and people together and enabling connections that help our global community.
“By launching VaccinAid with Unicef to ‘give the world a shot’, we are harnessing the power of the crowd to help bring an end to the pandemic and its devastating impact.”
As well as helping UNICEF purchase and deliver nearly 2 billion Covid-19 vaccines this year, the money will also help purchase tests and treatments, to 190 countries around the world through the global COVAX initiative.
With half of UK adults having had their first dose, UNICEF says now is the time to support communities in low and middle-income countries around the world with equal and free access to protection against the virus.
The money raised for VaccinAid will help UNICEF get vaccines to the most remote places in the world by ensuring they are safely stored and transported.
"The Covid-19 crisis has had a profound impact on people here and around the world, but vaccines offer the hope of a brighter future"
"There is no better way to show our deep gratitude for the gifts of science and medicine than making sure vulnerable people around the world are also given a shot" - Archbishop of Canterbury