Every spring during Advocate to Vaccinate, Shot@Life advocates from across the nation raise their voices to help increase vaccine access for children and people around the world. As Congress kicks off the 2024 budget planning season, advocates from all 50 states will rally together to encourage policymakers to fund investments in global vaccine programs in the U.S. budget, and raise awareness around the importance of vaccine equity.
This page includes a toolkit of all the ways you can get involved. You can also view videos recapping the actions below on YouTube here. Please report any advocacy actions you take by filling out this form: shotatlife.org/report
Although Advocate to Vaccinate officially wrapped up on April 30, you can still use these resources throughout the year since we are still in appropriations season. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Take a few minutes to ask Congress to fully fund global immunization programs in the 2024 fiscal year. The easiest way to send an email to your elected officials is by signing our petition, which automatically sends emails to your members of Congress. The petition has a default message, but we encourage you to personalize it.
As the pandemic has demonstrated with devastating results, now is a critical moment to protect the progress made through global immunization programs.Sign the petition
Meeting with your congressional offices is the highest-impact advocacy action that you can take all year. Whether you are a seasoned Shot@Life advocate, or this will be your first time setting up meetings, we are here to support you throughout the process — including scheduling, preparing for, and holding your meetings.
Note: Feel free to email us at email@example.com with any questions, and don’t forget to report your actions at shotatlife.org/report. If a congressional office gets back to you with a specific appropriations request form, please email it to us, and we will help fill it out.Meeting Materials
We have an urgent opportunity to ask your Senators to sign on to a “Dear Colleague” letter (found here) for fiscal year 2024 that calls on Congress to fully fund polio eradication activities in order to wipe out this virus once and for all.
Help spread the word about Advocate to Vaccinate and World Immunization Week with your social networks!
In the meantime, share our new measles StoryMap resource that maps measles cases around the world, highlights stories of survivors and health care workers, and shows the impact vaccines have had against this disease: shotatlife.org/measlesmap
If you aren’t already, be sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram at @shotatlife and Facebook at @shotatlifecampaign.SHARE FROM TOOLKIT
Sharing that you care about global immunization efforts and why is a great way to spread the word to your network and your lawmaker. One of the best ways to do that is to get published! Options include writing a letter or submitting an op-ed to your local newspaper, sharing a short piece in your club’s local or state newsletter, or including a brief article or mention in any kind of professional publication.
Please contact the communications team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We can help you find a publication, brainstorm ideas, serve as another set of eyes to proofreading, and answer any questions you have. You can also view our instructional YouTube video or see past letters to the editors (LTEs).
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Calling your legislators is a quick and easy way to advocate for global childhood immunizations directly. To make the biggest impact, dial 202-902-6614 on our Call-In Day on Tuesday, April 25 during World Immunization Week when Shot@Life advocates across the country will also be calling their representatives.
Using this number helps Shot@Life track our outreach efforts. Ask to be connected to your two senators and House representative on Capitol Hill! If you don’t know who your House representative is, you can look it up here. If you aren’t able to join us on April 25, you can call anytime throughout Advocate to Vaccinate using the linked resources as a guide.Get Talking Points