This week (24 - 30 April 2021) marks World Immunisation Week. Immunisation is one of the safest and most effective public health interventions in the world and saves between 2 and 3 million lives per year. Last year, the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 brought into sharp focus our need for vaccination, not only to maintain global health, but also to bring economic stability and allow our societies to thrive.
With over 4,200 members around the globe, the BSI represents the voice of researchers who work on vaccines as well as the wider immunology community. Building on the success of our #CelebrateVaccines campaign, we're continuing our mission to strengthen public understanding of how vaccines work and the importance of vaccination. Our new #ExploreVaccines campaign, gives immunologists the spotlight to engage with the public around vaccination by listening and addressing common questions and concerns.
For World Immunisation Week, we have pooled a range of activities and resources related to immunisation and will be posting on social media throughout the week. We would like to encourage everyone to join in promoting the use of safe and effective vaccines to protect people of all ages against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
There has never been a more important time to recognise the huge role that vaccines play in keeping our communities safe. Join us online with the #ExploreVaccines hashtag for a week of vaccine engagement and education!
Activities & resources
To begin the week, we're running a special live Q&A with immunologists Dr Jenna Macciochi and Dr Viki Male. Viki is a reproductive immunology scientist at Imperial College London who has been looking at the data on COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and Jenna specialises in understanding how nutrition and lifestyle interact with the immune system in health and disease. They will be answering questions from the public about pregnancy, fertility & COVID-19 vaccines on Monday 26 April at 12:30 BST. Head to our Instagram @britsocimm!
We have developed a selection of resources and activities about the immunology of vaccines for you to download and share.
- Download our free public information guide - A guide to vaccinations for COVID-19.
- Take a look at our eye-catching infographics explaining how different types of vaccines work, including the Moderna vaccine, the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
- Watch expert immunology scientists answer important COVID-19 vaccine questions from the public in our seven Q&As.
- Check out this blog to discover what a day in the life of a vaccine researcher looks like.
- Watch our animations about how vaccines protect you against disease, how new ones are developed and their positive impact in improving global health.
- Enjoy having some hands-on fun with our interactive activities whilst learning about the importance of vaccines.
- Explore our educational resources including presentations and instructions for students aged 7 to 14.
- Head to our BiteSized Immunology page to learn more about the science behind vaccines.
- Discover some recently published reviews and original papers on vaccine research with our Celebrate Vaccines Virtual Issue from our official journals.
Social media channels
Our social media toolkit has a range of resources you can use to show your support and engage others in the fundamental role of vaccines in improving global health.