Last Saturday (24 April) saw the start of #WorldImmunisationWeek which aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. You might be thinking that it ties in perfectly with our #GiveTheWorldAShot campaign and you’d be right!
Using the theme ‘Vaccines bring us closer’, World Immunisation Week 2021 will urge greater engagement around immunisation globally to promote the importance of vaccination in bringing people together, and improving the health and wellbeing of everyone, everywhere, throughout life. Through the #GiveTheWorldAShot campaign, UNICEF aim to deliver 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines around the world by the end of this year. Because we’ll only ever be safe, if we’re all safe.
To help spread the word, UNICEF have joined with global partners and funders to rally parents, health workers and the public to become online advocates for vaccines. This includes famous faces such as David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Sofia Carson, Olivia Colman, Jessie Ware, Angelique Kidjo, Jeremy Lin, Alyssa Milano and many more.
In a powerful video released ahead of World Immunisation Week, David Beckham talks about the loss of everyday activities due to COVID-19, such as hugs with family, spending time with friends, and being with the people we love, and encourages parents to vaccinate themselves so that they can be safe. He also urges families to ensure that their children are receiving routine vaccinations to protect them against diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio.
Vaccines have the power to save lives and protect futures. Children all over the world are not only suffering from the impacts of COVID-19 but they are also at an even greater risk due to the disruption of routine vaccinations which protect them from deadly diseases. This is why, right now, UNICEF is using its long-standing expertise to run one of the world’s most urgent vaccination programmes to not only protect children, but everyone around the world.
By prioritising COVID-19 vaccinations for frontline healthcare workers, teachers and those at highest risk globally, vulnerable communities will be protected from diseases such as COVID-19 and will ensure other vital health services continue to save the lives of everyone, no matter where they live.
“After a year of lockdowns, empty classrooms, missed vaccinations, virtual birthday parties, and cancelled family dinners, people all over the world are now getting a COVID-19 vaccine or anxiously awaiting the moment when they will. And it’s an important reminder of the critical role other vaccines play in allowing us to live our everyday lives,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Whereas today we all know COVID-19 vaccines are the best hope we have of resuming our normal lives, what remains ‘normal’ for far too many children all over the world is no access to vaccines for any preventable diseases whatsoever. This is not a ‘normal’ to which we should return.”
Seeing the response so far for the campaign has been absolutely amazing! We’ve had the #GiveTheWorldAShot message on the BT Tower, lighting up the London skyline. Not to mention the endorsements from Guinness World Records, Andy Murray, and our crowd!