John Prendergast is the grassroots intern for Shot@Life, and started working with the campaign this summer. As a campaign intern, he helps support our national network of champions in their efforts to advocate for increased global vaccine access, and can often be found talking with champions on our champion community platform. Learn more about John in our Q&A below!
What has been your favorite moment since joining the team?
My favorite moment since joining the team has to be getting to know the members that make up this amazing group. Each individual brings their own personality to their respective role, and their work ethic is truly admirable. I am so grateful to be a part of this group, and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
In my opinion, the biggest challenge for vaccine advocacy, apart from differing views on where the US government should be allocating resources, has to be providing a macro view of the demand for vaccines. We are so privileged to live in a place where we classify these diseases as preventable; however, this is not the case globally. Regardless of what your stance is on domestic vaccines, the need for vaccines in developing countries can be the difference between life and death for millions of children.
What do you wish people knew about Shot@Life/Vaccines/Advocacy?
More than 42 million children were provided with lifesaving vaccine between 2012-2016 as a result of Shot@life’s direct grant support to UN partner programs.
What excites you most about your work?
I have always wanted to do work that helps people, and grassroots advocacy is the perfect fit. Seeing the impact that Shot@life has had globally brings a smile to my face every time I step into the office.
Why did you join the Shot@Life team?
I am currently a Public Policy major at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and I am working towards a Markets and Management certificate. I have always been interested in global health, and I wanted to get a firsthand perspective on how global health experts can view the private sector as a partner.
Do you have any hidden talents or fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
Hidden Talent: I create music in my free time
Fun Fact: I am going to be a senior on the Duke Men’s Lacrosse team