Community Immunity Awareness Program
The Community Immunity Awareness initiative is dedicated to empowering communities by bridging gaps in understanding and accessibility regarding vaccinations. Through fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders and addressing disparities, the program endeavors to ensure equitable access to vital immunization information for Black communities, irrespective of background.
As a flagship initiative, the Community Immunity Awareness program is dedicated to fostering a culture where vaccination becomes both a personal choice and a collective responsibility, highlighting the significance of shared community immunity. Through focused campaigns, workshops, and community engagement efforts, the program aims to cultivate resilient Black communities capable of combating preventable respiratory diseases, thereby paving the path for a healthier and more interconnected future.
About the Immunization Partnership Fund
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that millions of deaths are prevented worldwide every year due to vaccination and considers vaccine hesitancy one of the top 10 health threats globally.
Vaccination has wiped out smallpox completely and has successfully and dramatically lowered the rates of many other diseases in countries with strong vaccination programs. Some diseases, like polio, have been eliminated from Canada and the rest of the Americas because of vaccines.
Today, not enough Canadians are vaccinated against vaccine preventable diseases. As a result, Canadians are still at risk for needless illness and death from infectious diseases that could be prevented through vaccination. Recognizing this public health challenge, the Government of Canada committed $25 million in Budget 2016 to increase vaccination coverage in Canada through the creation of the Immunization Partnership Fund, with an initial focus on supporting childhood and routine immunizations. Budget 2016 earmarked 3 to 5 million dollars per year for 5 years (2016-2021).
In response to Canada's COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the Government of Canada committed an additional $45.5 million (2020 to 2023) to continue to support community-based efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake among Canadians, address vaccine misinformation and disinformation, and reduce vaccine preventable disease.