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1 +COVID-19 has led to disruption in routine immunization programs around the globe and here in Canada. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) in Canada has indicated that this sets the stage for serious outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. The World Health Organization has evidence-based guidance on how to address missed opportunities for vaccination, albeit predominately applicable for low- and middle-income countries, they remain important for Canada as well. Three components stand out and must be integrated and used concurrently for best effect on catch-up in Canada: (1) Identify who has been missed across the life course; (2) Detect delivery gaps, adapt and adjust, and develop multi-pronged tailored strategies for catch-up; and (3) Communicate, document, evaluate and readjust the immunization programs. All must be adapted to the reality of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot go back to a pre-COVID-19 world. However, ensuring that routine immunization and catch-up programs are done well during this pandemic strengthens the immunization foundation in Canada for all Vaccines, including COVID-19.
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4 +Following this webinar, participants:
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6 +~1. Will have an understanding of the current state of global routine immunization data, putting available Canadian data in context, during the COVID-19 pandemic
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8 +2. Will be able to articulate the importance of early routine vaccines and have strategies to encourage uptake (such as motivational interviewing) and counter hesitancy (such as combatting dis/misinformation)
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10 +3. Will have insight into key considerations for effective catch-up program design in Canada (such as identifying high risk groups, key stakeholders to engage, and key data to record)
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2 +[[**Click here to register for the live webinar on April 27, 2022.**>>url:]]
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1 +**Dr. Noni MacDonald**
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3 +Dr. Noni MacDonald is a Professor of Paediatrics (Infectious Diseases) at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a former Dean of Medicine there. She was first woman in Canada to be a Dean of Medicine. Her two current major areas of interest involve global health. The first is Vaccines including vaccine safety, hesitancy, demand, pain mitigation, education and policy especially through her work with the World Health Organization(WHO). She has been a member of SAGE (the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization for WHO) since 2017. The second area of interest is MicroResearch (, building community focused research capacity in developing countries and in Canada to help find local solutions for community health problems that fit the context, culture and resources. She has published over 470 papers and has been long recognized in Canada and internationally, as an advocate for children and youth health and as a leader in paediatric infectious disease and global health. She is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and of the Royal Society of Canada and is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia.
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6 +**Dr. Ève Dubé**
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8 +Ève Dubé is a medical anthropologist. She is affiliated with Quebec National Institute of Public Health in Quebec, Canada. She is a research scientist at the Research Center of the CHUQuébecand an invited professor in the Department of Anthropology at Laval University.Her research program focuses on the sociocultural determinants of vaccination. She is the lead investigator of the Social Sciences and Humanities Network of the Canadian Immunization Research Network. She is interested in how to enhance vaccine acceptance and uptake and she is leading different projects around this issue. She sits on a number of committees as an experton vaccine acceptance and hesitancy. She was a member of the World Health Organization working group on vaccine hesitancy.