Feds investing in pair of programs promoting vaccination against COVID-19 to young Canadians

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Published July 27, 2021 at 6:44 pm

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The federal government is investing in two projects intended to help improve vaccination rates against COVID-19 in young Canadians.

These programs, which will receive funding through the Immunization Partnership Fund, will promote the importance of getting vaccinated to youth aged 12 and over, parents and caretakers, and teachers through school-based interventions and community-based outreach.

As part of the initiative, BGC Canada (formerly known as the Boys and Girls Club of Canada) will receive up to $500,000 in funding, which will go towards information campaigns regarding the benefits of vaccinating against the virus, as well as fostering evidence-based dialogue around vaccination among families of children and youth who access programming at Clubs across the country.

Additionally, the Canada Safety Council will receive up to $220,000 in funding to create a COVID-19 vaccine education and awareness program to be delivered in schools across the country.

It will be designed to engage both students and their parents on the importance of getting vaccinated.

“Widespread vaccination is critical in helping to end the pandemic, and youth play an important role helping us get there,” Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, said in a news release.

“These projects, funded through the Immunization Partnership Fund, are using tailored strategies to reach youth, their parents and caretakers, and teachers to share evidence-based and credible COVID-19 vaccine information to encourage youth to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have not done so already, I encourage you to get vaccinated today,” she continued. 

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