Leading US Hospitals Partner To Promote COVID-19 Vaccination – Cleveland Clinic Newsroom
CLEVELAND, Ohio, and ROCHESTER, Minn. – A coalition of 60 leading hospitals and healthcare facilities have joined forces in a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Led by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, the âGet Vaccine to Save Livesâ campaign is designed to reassure the public that vaccines are safe, effective and necessary to achieve herd immunity and resume normal activities.
âWe ask people to speak to their health care providers if they have any questions, and then get the vaccine,â says Gianrico Farrugia, MD, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. âThe vaccine is our best asset in ending the pandemic, and I urge all who are eligible to receive the vaccine that is offered to you first to save lives.
The campaign hopes to reach adults who are reluctant to receive a vaccine, including racial and minority ethnic groups and people living in rural communities. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey released on March 30, 17% of the public say they will take a wait-and-see approach before getting it on their own, and 20% say they will never get or get vaccinated. will get that if necessary. to do it for work, school or other activities. This leaves a significant portion of the population at risk of not being vaccinated.
The national campaign includes print and digital advertising, media awareness, social media, an awareness video and an information website.
âThe COVID-19 vaccine is safe and very effective and offers our best hope for beating the disease,â said Tom Mihaljevic, MD, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. âWe all want to see a return to our pre-COVID routines, when we can safely reunite with family and friends again. To achieve this goal, we must improve vaccination rates to achieve herd immunity. Please register today, because we are all in the same boat. “
With vaccine distribution underway, the campaign aims to help Americans feel safe and confident to receive a vaccine. To gain herd immunity and help end the pandemic, top health officials say at least 75% of the population needs to be vaccinated. Herd immunity occurs when a large part of a community becomes immune to a disease, making it unlikely that the disease will spread from person to person. As a result, the whole community is protected – not just those who have been vaccinated.
In addition to the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic, 58 other leading US healthcare facilities have joined the campaign. They include:
Allegheny Health Network
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago
Arizona Medical Association
Baptist Health South Florida
Baylor Scott and White Health
Einstein Healthcare Network
Mass General Brigham
McLaren St. Luke’s
Memorial Health Care System
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
NCH ââhealthcare system
Nicklaus Children’s Health System
NorthShore University Health System
Piedmont health care
Chicago Rush University Medical Center
Southwest Health Resources
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
UC Health (Cincinnati)
University of Chicago Medicine
University of Iowa Health Care
UT Southwestern Medical Center
University of Toledo Medical Center
Yale Health New Haven
More than 209 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and 50% of the population aged 18 and over received at least one dose of the vaccine in the United States until April 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of clinical trial participants. The vaccines met the Food and Drug Administration’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing quality necessary to support authorization for emergency use.
Ethos Creative Group of Burlington, North Carolina, created the campaign and donated its services. Facebook, Spectrum Reach, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and YouTube also provided additional resources.
For more information on the campaign, visit ourshot2savelives.org.
Angie Kiska, Cleveland Clinic, 216-312-9170, [email protected]
Kevin Punsky, Mayo Clinic, 507-284-5005, [email protected]