Advocate to Vaccinate 2023 Toolkit

March 20 — April 30, 2023

 

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. This year, 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.

Advocate to Vaccinate will take place from March 20 – April 30, culminating in the last week of April during World Immunization Week. This page includes the ways you can get involved alongside hundreds of other advocates during one of the most critical times of the year. You can also view videos recapping the actions below on YouTube. Let’s Advocate to Vaccinate !

Sign the FY24 Funding Petition

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

Meet with Congressional Offices

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 champions@shotatlife.org 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

Ask Your Senators to Support Polio Eradication

We have an urgent opportunity to ask your Senators to sign on to a “Dear Colleague” letter 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.

Petition to come. 

 

Get Published

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 media@shotatlife.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).  

Blog Examples:

  1. Public Health @ Cornell Blog
  2. Anti-Poverty Mom Blog 
View more resources

Raise Awareness on Social Media

Help spread the word about Advocate to Vaccinate and World Immunization Week with your social networks! 

Social media toolkit to come. 

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.

Call your Legislators

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.

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