What is the purpose of this Toolkit?
Kids grow out of many things, but vaccines are not one of them. Every year, 2.5 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. The CDC recommends that adolescents visit their doctor each year for check-ups. Now is the time to catch up on well-visits and any vaccines adolescents may have missed in the past year.
This toolkit is designed to help you, our valued partners, amplify the Don't Wait. Vaccinate. message with key audiences. The tools in this kit are designed to be easy to implement for your use.
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What Can You Do?
Share campaign content on your social channels with the #DontWaitVaccinate hashtag
Copy and paste the suggested social media posts below or develop your own customized posts to share the content. Use the campaign hashtag on on your personal or organizational accounts!
Use our campaign graphics on your Facebook and Instagram
Use our Facebook frame to promote the campaign. Make sure you're signed into Facebook and then click on this link! You will directly be taken to the frame page where you can add it to your profile pictures!
Upload one of our campaign assets on your Instagram feed or story. NOTE: Instagram does not support hyperlinks in captions. You must add the link into your Bio (Click “Edit Profile” to add a website URL). Then, direct your followers to the link by adding “Click the link in my bio to read all about it!” to your caption.
Include information about the campaign in your communications
We have written a short description below of the campaign with a call to action to encourage catching up on missed adolescent vaccinations. Share it with your key audiences through your newsletters, websites and other communication tools.
Help drive traffic to our campaign webpage on the Unity website
Help us get more adolescents and young adults caught up on any missed vaccinations.
Encourage parents and adolescents to schedule visits
If you are a healthcare provider, contact your parents of adolescents and encourage them to come in for well visits. Click here for a template letter you can use to reach out to parents of adolescents to encourage them to schedule visits.
Share our call to action with healthcare providers
Signed by the Unity Consortium board of directors and by member and partner organizations, the letter offers proactive steps HCPs can take to reach out to parents and adolescents to bring them up to date and protect their health. We urge our partners to share this letter with their HCP constituents, colleagues and networks and to encourage use of campaign resources.
Call to Action
The Don’t Wait. Vaccinate. campaign engages partners, healthcare providers, parents and adolescents with the goal of increasing adolescent vaccination rates.
This letter is meant to reach healthcare providers, who play a key role in reaching out to families. It is signed by the Unity Consortium board of directors and by member and partner organizations.
Please share this letter with your HCP constituents, colleagues and networks and encourage use of campaign resources.
When should you share content?
The Don’t Wait. Vaccinate. campaign launches now, so please start using this content immediately.
The goal is to increase vaccination rates.
This site will continue to be updated with new content to share, so please check back regularly.
Don't Wait. Vaccinate. Social Media
Use these graphics and share them on your social media channels. We have provided some suggested posts for you below.
Use the campaign hashtag to support more visibility: #DontWaitVaccinate
Use our Facebook frame to show support for adolescent and young adult vaccinations!
How to do this:
Option 1: Make sure you're signed into Facebook and then click on this link! You will directly be taken to the frame page where you can add it to your profile pictures!
Option 2: Click "edit" on your profile picture and choose "add frame". In the search bar type in "UnityDontWaitFrame", and then you can add it on top of your profile picture!
Use these posts on your social media channels
For Facebook and Twitter
We’re part of @UnityConsortium’s “Don’t Wait. Vaccinate” campaign! Adolescents need routine vaccinations now so that they have time to get the COVID-19 vaccine, if available, over the summer and safely go back to school! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3e0KY98 #dontwaitvaccinate
Join us and @UnityConsortium to spread the word. Now is the time to catch up on missed vaccinations for teenagers – before a COVID-19 vaccine is available to them. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3e0KY98 #dontwaitvaccinate
Most adolescents are recommended to get 5 vaccines: Tdap, HPV, 2 types of Meningitis vaccines and a yearly flu shot – get routine vaccinations NOW, before your kid is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine! @UnityConsortium #dontwaitvaccinate
Doctor’s visits have decreased dramatically during the pandemic. But your health can’t wait – your health care provider has safety measures in place so schedule your adolescent’s appointment today! @UnityConsortium #dontwaitvaccinate
Safety measures in place at the doctor’s office:
- Social distancing -
- Limiting people in the waiting room
- Limiting movement and interactions
It’s safe to go – catch up on well visits today! @UnityConsortium #dontwaitvaccinate
Be ready to get back to it! Get your routine vaccinations now! @UnityConsortium #dontwaitvaccinate
Check in with your doctor today to make sure you’re on schedule for your vaccinations! @UnityConsortium #dontwaitvaccinate
#DidYouKnow that routine immunizations have dropped drastically during the pandemic? For instance, vaccines protecting you from whooping cough are down 20% - make sure you’re protected from serious illness so you can get back to it! @UnityConsortium #dontwaitvaccinate
#DidYouKnow that routine immunizations have dropped during the pandemic? HPV vaccines are down 20% - make sure you’re protected from serious illness so you can get back to it! @UnityConsortium #dontwaitvaccinate
What vaccines do you need? Check out the CDC’s guide to make sure you’re on track so you have time to get your COVID-19 vaccine when it’s available to you! https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html @UnityConsortium #dontwaitvaccinate
Resources for Healthcare Providers
If you are a healthcare provider, contact parents of adolescents and encourage them to come in for well visits and vaccinations. Here are resources you can use and customize to reach out to parents of adolescents to ask them to schedule an appointment.
Here is an educational resource by Merck about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on wellness visits and vaccinations for adolescents.
Share Information about the Campaign
Below is a description of the campaign and a call to action that you can use in your newsletters, websites and other communications.
Please share this information with your members and constituents.
We have also created campaign posters that you can use in your newsletters, websites and other communications. They can be
shared digitally or printed as posters or flyer handouts.