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New public engagement campaign about COVID-19 vaccines

The BSI is calling on all its members to be positive ambassadors for COVID-19 vaccination by taking part in our new campaign 'Vaccine engagement starts at home'. With COVID-19 vaccine rollout now underway, this is a vital opportunity to raise the expert voice of the immunology community in public discussions about COVID-19 vaccination.

The aim of our 'Vaccine engagement starts at home' campaign is to provide our members with the necessary support to engage with the public around vaccination. Getting started in these conversations can seem daunting, so we have developed a variety of resources to help you:

  • A free webinar from public engagement experts to learn effective ways of listening and addressing common questions and concerns. This session took place on Friday 18 December. Watch the live recording here.
  • A guide for immunologists with our top tips on how to approach conversations about COVID-19 vaccines in a constructive way. Read it here
  • A range of vaccine resources that you can download and share on social media and with your family, friends and wider communities. Take a look here.
    You will find both specific resources about COVID-19 vaccines developed as part of our Connect on Coronavirus initiative, and wider vaccine resources created for our Celebrate Vaccines campaign. They include infographics, animations, Q&A videos, activities packs and more to get the public interested and informed about vaccine immunology.

Our President, Professor Arne Akbar, has written a message about the 'Vaccine engagement starts at home' campaign.

Dear BSI member,

Throughout the pandemic, the expert voice of the immunology community has had a crucial role in guiding public debate around COVID-19. With COVID-19 vaccine rollout now underway, there has never been a more important time for us to engage with the public around vaccination.

The BSI has been working hard to understand and address vaccine concerns and produce evidence-based resources around how vaccines work, and how different types of COVID-19 vaccine may protect against the disease. But we need your help…

Great engagement starts at home. As immunologists, I’m sure many of you are regularly asked by family, friends and your wider networks for your take on COVID-19 vaccine research. The BSI wants to do all we can to support you in having these constructive conversations about vaccination with your communities.

To do this, we are running a free webinar ‘COVID-19 vaccine conversations: effective ways of engaging with the public’ taking place next Friday 18 December from 12:00-12:45 GMT where you’ll be able to pose your questions to our public engagement experts. We also have a range of different resources and guides for you to download and use in engagement activities or show to family and friends or use via your social media accounts.

The BSI is a community of 4,000 immunologists but we’re also a community of 4,000 vaccine ambassadors. Ensuring good uptake of COVID-19 vaccines is going to be crucial in the coming months and, as immunologists, we can all play our part in having constructive conversations to increase public understanding of the importance of vaccination. 

Thank you again for your ongoing support.

With best wishes

Professor Arne Akbar
President, British Society for Immunology


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