Partnering for Vaccine Equity

Equity in Adult Vaccination

In 2020, CDC launched the Partnering for Vaccine Equity program focused on increasing equity in adult immunization. The program provides over $156 million in funding and support to national, state, local, and community-level partners, who are prioritizing equity in vaccination access and uptake for those groups that experience disparities in immunization – including racial and ethnic minority groups, individuals living with disabilities, rural communities, older adults, individuals with chronic conditions, and more.

The program aims to increase vaccine equity, currently among adults* belonging to racial and ethnic minority groups, by partnering with national, state, local, and community organizations who are working on the ground to increase vaccine confidence and access in their communities.

Learn more about CDC’s Partnering for Vaccine Equity programpdf icon.

*Work funded through this program focuses on adult vaccination. For information on COVID-19 vaccination for children and teens, please see COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens | CDC and COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old | CDC. For information on routine vaccination for children and teens, please see Vaccines for Your Children | CDC and Well-Child Visits and Recommended Vaccinations | CDC.

Program Vision

Through the Partnering for Vaccine Equity program and broader adult immunization efforts, CDC aims to improve equity in adult immunization across disproportionately affected populations, including racial and ethnic minority groups, through partnerships that drive community-level action.

Who We Are: Partner Network

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500+
Total Partners
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300+
Local Chapters, Affiliates, and Community-Based Organizations
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in 225+ cities
and 50 states
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Map of Funded Partners

Visit our interactive partner network map to see which partners CDC supports in your area.

What We’re Doing

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3,640 messengers trained

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1,189 in-person events

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4,029 communications developed

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Materials in 9 languages

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77,845 vaccinated for COVID-19

Partners are focused on different activities, such as:

  • Engaging trusted messengers who are promoting vaccine education and outreach through culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging
  • Building bridges between communities and vaccination providers and opportunities
  • Understanding and mitigating vaccine misinformation
  • Understanding the effective strategies and interventions to increase vaccine confidence, access, and uptake in communities

In addition to funding, CDC provides learning and data technical assistance, and guidance and communications to partners to support their efforts.

While the program initially focused on urgent COVID-19 and flu vaccine disparities in racial and ethnic minority communities, it aims to build a national network of partners working to improve equity among disproportionately affected populations across all adult-recommended vaccines.

Data as of October 2021

Contact Us

To send questions or comments about the program, send an e-mail to adultvaxprogram@cdc.gov.

Page last reviewed: October 26, 2021