Get a Vaccine – Give a Vaccine

COVID-19 is disrupting life-saving immunisation services around the world, putting children – in rich and poor countries alike – at risk.

In Ireland, UNICEF is a member of the National Vaccine Alliance and works in the area of vaccination promotion including the successful “Get a Vaccine – Give a Vaccine” campaign in partnership with businesses. Each time an employee receives an employer sponsored flu vaccination they are encouraged to make a contribution to UNICEF’s global vaccination effort.

As we face into a difficult winter for the health service, with a potential second wave of Covid-19 infections, coinciding with flu season, UNICEF is working to scale up the “Get a Vaccine – Give a Vaccine” programme, to increase flu vaccination uptake nationally.

We are seeking partners for this programme from both the private and the public sector. Existing or previous public sector partners include: UL Hospitals Group, HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare Group, the Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Group, HSE Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 – Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan and Saolta Hospital Group in Galway.

Read more about the Get a Vaccine Give A Vaccine initiative in this Business Post article.

Why support with UNICEF?

UNICEF is working to realise the right to immunisation for every woman and child, especially the most vulnerable.

Immunisation saves 2 to 3 million lives each year. By protecting children against serious diseases, vaccines play a central role in ending preventable child deaths.

UNICEF is a world leader in vaccination, procuring 45% of all vaccines administered to children under five globally.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF has established a six-point Agenda for Action, to ensure children do not become hidden victims of COVID-19. A key target is to make sure immunisation programmes continue.

As part of our work to prevent this pandemic from becoming a child rights crisis, UNICEF has begun preparations for the roll-out of a COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to read about our work to purchase half a billion syringes, storage units and our work on cold chain infrastructure this year.

For more information contact Owen at owen@unicef.ie

 

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