Safety Council to launch vaccine education program
In the continuing fight against COVID-19, clear, trustworthy, and well-researched information is crucial in ensuring informed decision-making. As Canada continues its fight against misinformation and vaccine hesitancy, the Canada Safety Council is focusing on the future of vaccination efforts by addressing our nation’s children.
The Council is creating a Vaccine Education and Awareness program, consisting of a video course and supporting materials to be delivered in schools, with the support of teachers across the country. Three versions correspond with the three elementary grade divisions — one each for Primary (grades 1-3), Junior (grades 4-6) and Intermediate (grades 7-8).
The program, partially funded by the Public Health Agency, will launch in schools across Canada in late September for the Junior and Intermediate levels. The Primary level will be released in October. Teachers will be provided with further details soon.
Information en masse has helped Canadians make informed decisions on vaccination; our reach can be extended with targeted information to specific audiences.
Federal approval has not been granted for vaccines -- under the age of 12, although the Public Health Agency of Canada confirms that “all manufacturers of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in Canada are conducting or planning studies in adolescents and younger children.”
Scientifically researched information can address anxieties before they becomes a widespread issue. We also hope the information helps inform members of children's social circles and families. The program will eventually be made available to the public at large.
Lewis Smith, Canada Safety Council