Get the Gift of Protection Ahead of the New Year
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Don’t miss out on holiday togetherness this season. Whether your motivation is hugging your older relatives safely again or making it to the can’t-miss holiday party, you’ll have peace of mind and the gift of protection from both the original COVID virus and Omicron - the variant which has caused more infections and hospitalizations than any other variant.
Below are resources to help your holiday outreach and highlight our family vaccine tour and community events.
Together, We Can Do This.
Family Vaccine Tour and Community Events
In an effort to get America vaccinated ahead of the new year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working with our COVID Community Corps partners to host community pop-up clinics and events across the nation to reach people in all places, all ways, from World Cup watch parties to the NASCAR speedway, from long-term care facilities to community fairs, houses of worship, schools, and more!
Additionally, we kicked off the Vax Up America Family Vaccine Tour to encourage families to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine before going into the start of winter and the holiday season.
Part of the HHS effort is to work with national and community-based organizations and others to give families information about COVID vaccines, host vaccination events, and distribute resources at venues such as Head Start provider locations, nursing homes, state fairs, and community health centers around the country. We're calling this the Vax Up America Family Vaccine Tour, and we encourage you to tell us about any related events you plan to hold!
Learn about the Administration’s efforts to get more Americans their updated COVID vaccine before the end of the year in this White House Fact Sheet.
Additionally, the White House announced a COVID-19 Winter Preparedness Plan to stay ahead of an increase in COVID-19 cases this winter.
Join us online! As we count down to the new year, we are positing information across social media channels to share why it’s important for the whole family to get vaccinated and make vaccinations a family affair. Follow @SecBecerra and @HHSgov on Twitter, @HHSgov on Instagram, and HHS on Facebook to see the latest, and jump in by using our social media toolkits.
Host an event! We're encouraging schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers and others to host their own vaccination events. If you’d like to partner with us to host a Vax Up America Family Vaccine Tour event in your community, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact the Administration for Children and Family's Office of External Affairs at External.Affairs@acf.hhs.gov with your proposed event, and we'll get in touch with you as soon as we can.
Archive: Family Vaccine Tour Events
December 15 Family Vaccine Tour Stop – MedCura Health Center
The roundtable panel discussion included MedCura leaders CEO Jeff Taylor, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Uzzle, Nursing Director Ms. Charmain Beckford-Willis, and Onsite Pediatricians Ms. Wesley and Dr. Queen. Federal leaders in attendance from the Department of Health and Human Services included Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health Regional Administrator Dr. John Gilford, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Regional Administrator Natalie Perry, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Regional Administrator Sherard McKie, Administration for Children and Families' Acting Regional Administrator for Region 4 Jacque Mull and HRSA Analyst Priya Shah. The MedCura leaders shared insights from their experience responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and shared recent program successes and outcomes.
December 3, 2022 Parrandon de Salud-Plaza las Americas (Puerto Rico)
The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services joined an event with Coalicion Voces de PR to provide updated COVID-19 vaccines. 700 people were vaccinated at the event.
December 1 2022, Administration for Community Living Leadership Visit to Liberty Senior Center
Administration for Community Living (ACL) Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Alison Barkoff visited Liberty Senior Center in Randallstown, Maryland as a part of the Biden Harris Administration and HHS #VaxUpAmerica vaccine outreach and education campaign. Acting Administrator Barkoff spoke to older adults about getting their free updated COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the holidays. She highlighted ACL’s two grants totaling $125 million to rapidly increase the number of older adults and people with disabilities who have received the updated COVID-19 vaccine.
See more: @ACLgov on Twitter: Older adults & ppl w/ disabilities face greatest risks from #COVID19 & flu. Staying up to date on vaccines is the best way to protect ourselves. @AlisonBarkoff talks w/ older adults about why they’re getting their updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccine. #VaccinesWork #WeCanDoThis https://twitter.com/ACLgov/status/1599874668806168578
November 18, 2022, Champion Senior Center Family Vaccine Tour Visit (Jackson, MS)
HHS' Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) joined an event at the Champion Senior Center along with HHS’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF) that provided a Mobile Clinic for Immunizations, and screening for high blood pressure and diabetes. CMS discussed the Open Enrollment period and the new reduction in the cost of insulin to $35.00 per month max. ACF provided information on the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) The event ended with each senior attendee receiving a food gift bag to take home.
November 12, 2022 Updated COVID Vaccines and Turkey Giveaway (Kansas City, Missouri)
Joseph Palm, HHS, Region 7, Regional Director, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Daron McGee, 4th District, Jackson County Legislator, Emmet Pierson, CEO of Community Builders of Kansas City (CBKC), KU School of Nursing, University Health, Jackson County Executive Frank White, Senator Barbara Anne Washington, 9th Senatorial District, Murrell Homes Real Estate Group, LLC, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harvester Foods, and HHS were all partners for this event. 61 total vaccinations were given to citizens during this event, 30 updated boosters, 30 flu shots, and 1 first COVID vaccination. 600 turkeys and thanksgiving dinner sides were also distributed.
See More: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on Twitter: "Had a great time at our vaccination clinic this weekend, and thankful to @HHSRegion7 for helping get the word out in KC! If you haven’t already, make sure you take some time to get your flu shot and COVID booster. You can find a booster shot near you at vaccines.gov," and HHS.gov on Twitter: "HHS and our partners are hosting #VaxUpAmerica community events across the country, like this one on Saturday with @HHSRegion7 and @repcleaver in Kansas City that provided free and convenient updated COVID vaccines (and turkeys!). Join us: https://t.co/sULLaXdDV1 #WeCanDoThis https://t.co/mcJTOdIyBk" / Twitter.
November 7, 2022, COVID-19 Updated Vaccine Clinic (Woodland Park, NJ)
The HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs hosted an Updated COVID Vaccine Clinic and Q&A at Four Seasons at Great Notch, a senior living community in New Jersey.
November 5, 2022, City-wide Chicago Baby Shower, (Chicago, IL)
The HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs co-hosted a city-wide baby shower for 200 moms to support Black moms’ Maternal Health. Vaccination buses provided updated COVID-19 vaccines.
October 29, 2022 Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center (Mount Vernon, NY)
Attendees received health screenings and information as well as a $50 gift card for getting an updated COVID vaccine. The events also featured lively entertainment, Halloween treats, free pumpkins, face-painting, and refreshments.
The HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, in conjunction with Mount. Vernon FQHC, co-hosted this event. Over 300 community members were vaccinated at this event. Attendees received health screenings and information as well as a $50 gift card for getting an updated COVID vaccine. The events also featured lively entertainment, Halloween treats, free pumpkins, face-painting, and refreshments. Attendees from HHS included Dara Kass, MD, HHS Regional Director for Region 2, and Captain Chandak Ghosh, Deputy Regional Administrator, HRSA Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs.