Dr. Kerry Robinson
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant spotlight on vaccines as a key tool to protect the public’s health. The high visibility of the roles that vaccines play has also been accompanied by a wave of vaccine-related misinformation and disinformation. This webinar will focus on childhood vaccinations to show how the COVID-19 vaccines came to be, the latest developments, and actions underway to support informed choices about vaccination and build vaccine confidence in Canada. We also will highlight how the Public Health Agency of Canada works to promote and support vaccination with provinces, territories, Indigenous and community partners. We will debunk some myths along the way on common misinformation on pediatric vaccines. Finally, we will highlight some next steps in terms of COVID-19 vaccination in the months to come, and the importance of supporting catch up of childhood routine immunization as a whole to protect children’s health and prevent resurgence of other vaccine-preventable diseases. We hope that this presentation will show how partners across Canada are working to support vaccination as a key tool to protect the immediate and long term health of children and their families.
Following this webinar, participants will understand:
1. The context of emergency of the vaccine, and the role it plays in the fight against COVID;
2. The latest data in terms of coverage;
3. The actions underway to support informed choices about vaccination and build vaccine confidence in Canada;
4. The impact of misinformation and disinformation in the vaccine confidence space; and
5. Next steps in terms of COVID-19 vaccination, and the importance of supporting catch up of childhood routine immunization as a whole