Get the Gift of Protection Ahead of the New Year

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Don’t miss out on holiday togetherness this season. Whether your motivation is hugging your older relatives safely again or making it to the can’t-miss holiday party, you’ll have peace of mind and the gift of protection from both the original COVID virus and Omicron - the variant which has caused more infections and hospitalizations than any other variant.

As public health experts have said, we are now entering a higher-risk part of the year as the weather turns colder and as people spend more time indoors and travel for the holidays. Take action to protect yourself and your community and help share information about the importance of getting an updated vaccine.

Especially for older adults, getting the updated COVID vaccine as soon as you’re eligible is critical. If you are 50 or older, your risk of dying from COVID is 4 times higher than it is for adults under 40, and your risk is even higher if you have a chronic disease like diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease. See our outreach toolkit to reach older adults.

Together, We Can Do This

 

 

Family Vaccine Tour and Community Events

In an effort to get America vaccinated ahead of the new year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working with our COVID Community Corps partners to host community pop-up clinics and events across the nation to reach people in all places, all ways, from World Cup watch parties to the NASCAR speedway, from long-term care facilities to community fairs, houses of worship, schools, and more!

Additionally, we kicked off the Vax Up America Family Vaccine Tour to encourage families to get the updated COVID-19 vaccine before going into the start of winter and the holiday season.

Part of the HHS effort is to work with national and community-based organizations and others to give families information about COVID vaccines, host vaccination events, and distribute resources at venues such as Head Start provider locations, nursing homes, state fairs, and community health centers around the country. We're calling this the Vax Up America Family Vaccine Tour, and we encourage you to tell us about any related events you plan to hold!

Learn about the Administration’s efforts to get more Americans their updated COVID vaccine before the end of the year in this White House Fact Sheet.

Get engaged? 

Join us online! As we count down to the new year, we are positing information across social media channels to share why it’s important for the whole family to get vaccinated and make vaccinations a family affair. Follow @SecBecerra and @HHSgov on Twitter, @HHSgov on Instagram, and HHS on Facebook to see the latest, and jump in by using our social media toolkits. 

Host an event! We're encouraging schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers and others to host their own vaccination events. If you’d like to partner with us to host a Vax Up America Family Vaccine Tour event in your community, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact the Administration for Children and Family's Office of External Affairs at External.Affairs@acf.hhs.gov with your proposed event, and we'll get in touch with you as soon as we can.

Upcoming events

  

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Check out upcoming events here.

Archive: Family Vaccine Tour Events

   

November 18, 2022, Champion Senior Center Family Vaccine Tour Visit (Jackson, MS)

Champion Senior Center Family Vaccine Tour

HHS' Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) joined an event at the Champion Senior Center along with HHS’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF) that provided a Mobile Clinic for Immunizations, and screening for high blood pressure and diabetes. CMS discussed the Open Enrollment period and the new reduction in the cost of insulin to $35.00 per month max. ACF provided information on the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) The event ended with each senior attendee receiving a food gift bag to take home.

November 12, 2022 Updated COVID Vaccines and Turkey Giveaway (Kansas City, Missouri)

Family Vaccine Tour Congressman CleaverJoseph Palm, HHS, Region 7, Regional Director, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Daron McGee, 4th District, Jackson County Legislator, Emmet Pierson, CEO of Community Builders of Kansas City (CBKC), KU School of Nursing, University Health, Jackson County Executive Frank White, Senator Barbara Anne Washington, 9th Senatorial District, Murrell Homes Real Estate Group, LLC, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harvester Foods, and HHS were all partners for this event.  61 total vaccinations were given to citizens during this event, 30 updated boosters, 30 flu shots, and 1 first COVID vaccination.  600 turkeys and thanksgiving dinner sides were also distributed.

See More: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver on Twitter: "Had a great time at our vaccination clinic this weekend, and thankful to @HHSRegion7 for helping get the word out in KC! If you haven’t already, make sure you take some time to get your flu shot and COVID booster. You can find a booster shot near you at vaccines.gov," and HHS.gov on Twitter: "HHS and our partners are hosting #VaxUpAmerica community events across the country, like this one on Saturday with @HHSRegion7 and @repcleaver in Kansas City that provided free and convenient updated COVID vaccines (and turkeys!). Join us: https://t.co/sULLaXdDV1 #WeCanDoThis https://t.co/mcJTOdIyBk" / Twitter.

November 7, 2022, COVID-19 Updated Vaccine Clinic (Woodland Park, NJ)

The HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs hosted an Updated COVID Vaccine Clinic and Q&A at Four Seasons at Great Notch, a senior living community in New Jersey.

November 5, 2022, City-wide Chicago Baby Shower, (Chicago, IL)

The HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs co-hosted a city-wide baby shower for 200 moms to support Black moms’ Maternal Health. Vaccination buses provided updated COVID-19 vaccines. 

October 29, 2022 Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center (Mount Vernon, NY)

Attendees received health screenings and information as well as a $50 gift card for getting an updated COVID vaccine. The events also featured lively entertainment, Halloween treats, free pumpkins, face-painting, and refreshments. 

See More: HHSRegion2 on Twitter: "At @MVNHC_Inc the next stop after an updated vaccine is early voting! #VaxUpAmerica - get your updated vaccine, then vote! https://t.co/qqCNGvT71j" / Twitter

October 26, 2022. Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center (White Plains, NY)

The HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, in conjunction with Mount. Vernon FQHC, co-hosted this event. Over 300 community members were vaccinated at this event. Attendees received health screenings and information as well as a $50 gift card for getting an updated COVID vaccine. The events also featured lively entertainment, Halloween treats, free pumpkins, face-painting, and refreshments. Attendees from HHS included Dara Kass, MD, HHS Regional Director for Region 2, and Captain Chandak Ghosh, Deputy Regional Administrator, HRSA Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs. 

See More: @HHSRegion2 Twitter and @MVNHC_Inc Twitter
 

Additional resources

   

Toolkit for Older Adults

Outreach toolkit to reach older adults

This toolkit has resources for organizations and people who want to help increase confidence in and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among older adults.

Guide to Hosting COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at School

Guide for School Pop-up Clinics

A guide to hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics at schools.

Guide to Hosting COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Community-Based Organizations

Guide for Community Pop-up Clinics

A guide for setting up vaccination clinics for people in your community.

Resources about COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children

Resources About COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children

See CDC recommendations about COVID vaccines for children 6 months and older.

Protect Your Loved Ones by Getting Your Updated COVID-19 Vaccine

Protect Your Loved Ones by Getting Your Updated COVID-19 Vaccine

Download our poster for long-term care facilities to encourage residents to get updated COVID vaccines.

More Joy

Video: More Joy

Video encouraging people to get the updated COVID vaccine to protect themselves against Omicron and enjoy the holidays.

Holiday Fun

Video: Holiday Fun

Video encouraging people not to let COVID ruin their holiday fun and get an updated COVID vaccine.

Going Home for the Holidays

Video: Going Home for the Holidays

Video encouraging those traveling home for the holidays to help to protect their loved ones by getting a COVID vaccine.