Our annual vaccine engagement day is back! As part of our mission to help everyone make informed decisions about vaccination, we’re holding a mass online public engagement day on Thursday 30 March 2023.
We’re calling on our members to use their expert voice in #VaccineConversations with a day of education and celebration on social media, championing the critical role of vaccines in protecting us from diseases.
BSI members and the wider research community are ideally placed to be expert sources of knowledge in these dialogues. We want to empower immunologists to have open and constructive conversations around vaccines with the public by listening to and addressing common questions and concerns with evidence-based information.
There are many ways to play a role in informing the public about vaccination. No matter where you are in your public engagement journey at the moment, we want to hear from you on Thursday!
How to get involved
- Use the #VaccineConversations hashtag and tag us @britsocimm
- Like & share our posts across Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram
- Share infographics, videos or blogs about the importance of vaccination in protecting and advancing global health
- You could choose to focus on childhood vaccines, vaccines for older adults, COVID-19 or any other vaccines
- Talk about your public engagement experiences – what works, what doesn’t – and encourage your peers to get involved in #VaccineConversations
- Check out and share our public engagement and educational activities and use the interactive resources next time you’re engaging in person at a science festival or event
We have a wide selection of resources providing information about vaccines that are free and downloadable. These tools include guides, infographics, animations and practical activities that provide accessible background information on immunology.
Not sure what to talk about? Here are three ideas to get you started
- Help people understand how the immune system works by having more general conversations about immunity and vaccines. Use our Celebrate Vaccines resources as a tool to discuss vaccines in general, such as what’s in a vaccine.
- Go in-depth into a particular area or concern – you could choose one of the common questions from our childhood vaccines guide or guide to vaccines for older adults to address.
- Celebrate the critical role of vaccines in advancing global health using examples from history of vaccines preventing infectious diseases such as smallpox. Share our infographics to demonstrate the positive global impact of vaccines.
Getting started in these conversations can seem daunting, so we have collated some top tips to encourage immunologists to have the confidence to talk about vaccines with a wide range of audiences.
We hope you will join us across social media for a day of vaccine advocacy, education and celebration!