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Forum Videos and Session Resources

Forum Videos and Session Resources
Updated Mar. 22, 2021

National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine: Finale

The National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine, a 3-day virtual event, highlighted vaccination efforts at all levels of government, across non-governmental organizations and at the individual level. The Forum brought together COVID-19 vaccine practitioners and champions from across the country to exchange information. This video shares success stories, reinforces key messages, and emphasizes that everyone has a role in supporting our nation’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Day 1 – Building Trust and Vaccine Confidence

Overview

Building trust and vaccine confidence is an essential part of successful vaccine implementation and uptake. This video from the National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine highlights information on building trust and COVID-19 vaccine confidence and showcases resources.

Federal Government Keynote and Panel

Federal leadership panel on COVID-19 vaccination featuring Leaders from agencies across the federal government, including the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH),Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Speakers highlight the federal governments progress to address effective, equitable vaccine implementation to open the National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine. Moderated by Ricard Besser, MD (President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) the session speakers included: Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH (Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Diana Espinosa, MPP (Acting Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration), David Bibo (Acting Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency), Joshua Peck (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement, Department of Health and Human Services), and Elizabeth Richter (Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

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National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine day one plenaries showcase national leaders addressing trust as foundational to the success of vaccination efforts, the important connection between trust and health equity, and providing an overview of vaccine safety. These sessions covered the basics of COVID-19 vaccine safety and provided examples of promising practices for addressing trust and building vaccine confidence.

Day 2 – Data to Drive Vaccine Implementation

Overview

The federal government is committed to COVID-19 vaccine implementation strategies that are grounded in data and science and that prioritize improving health equity. This video from the National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine highlights the importance of using data to drive vaccine implementation and showcases national vaccination and COVID-19 response data sources, including CDC’s COVID Tracker and V-Safe.

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National leaders highlighted the federal government’s commitment to vaccine implementation strategies grounded in data and science and that prioritize improving health equity. This National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine day two science plenary summarized current national vaccination and COVID-19 response data and provided an overview of federal data sources and tools, such as COVID Tracker and v-safe.

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This Promising Practices Plenary Panel discussion featured state, tribal, and local leaders and experts who will share their perspectives using data across vaccine implementation strategies, including assessing community needs, informing equitable distribution, communicating effectively to the public, and monitoring demographic data to ensure equitable administration.

Day 3 – Optimize and Maximize Equitable Vaccine Access

Overview

A comprehensive vaccination program is one that protects those at increased risk and provides equal access for all populations across the nation. This video from the National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine highlights the importance of optimizing and maximizing vaccine access and showcases resources.

National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Science Plenary: Operationalizing the National Response Strategy: Maximizing Equitable Vaccination

This Plenary showcased national leaders’ “all hands-on deck” plan to operationalize the National Response Strategy to ensure vaccines get to people as quickly as possible, while ensuring equitable access. Highlighting federal speakers from the US COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and CDC’s Vaccine Taskforce.

National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Plenary: Optimizing Equitable Access

Efficient and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine requires a coordinated effort across multiple partners and sectors, including federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial governments; healthcare providers; businesses; community-based organizations, and unions. This Promising Practices Panel highlights innovative strategies, practical approaches, and strategic partnerships focused on optimizing equitable access.

National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Plenary: Maximizing Access

Maximizing access to COVID-19 vaccine requires a coordinated effort across multiple partners and sectors, including federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial governments; healthcare providers; businesses; community-based organizations, and unions. This Promising Practices Panel highlights innovative strategies, practical approaches, and strategic partnerships focused on increasing vaccine access to all populations, especially those at increased risk for COVID-19 and those who face systemic barriers to vaccination.

National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Workshop: Outreach to refugees, immigrants, and migrants about COVID-19 Vaccine

Efficient and equitable access to COVID19 vaccine requires a coordinated effort across multiple partners and programs. This workshop focused on building bridges among health departments, immunization programs, clinicians, and organizations serving refugees, immigrants and migrants, including farmworkers. Four field experts shared promising practices, concrete examples of partner coordination, and resources. Presentations were followed by a question and answer session.

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