Hawaii vaccine awareness campaign awards grants to student projects

Hawaii students and community groups are encouraged to apply for mini grants ranging from $ 100 to $ 2,000 to educate their peers about the safety and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine through campaigns and awareness.

Dubbed “The Vaccination Outreach for Hawaii Students Project,” the initiative is funded by Kaiser Permanente through the Public Goods Project and co-organized by the Hawaii Afterschool Alliance and the Hawaii Public Health Institute.

Michelle Tagorda-Kama, project manager for the Hawaii Afterschool Alliance, said it was important to provide young people with opportunities to reach the target population of children aged five to 17.

“Overall, the goal is to help extend immunization, education and awareness to this age group,” she said.

The Covid vaccine is accessible to anyone aged at least 5 years old.

Hawaii received $ 100,000 for this project at the end of August, and applications are being accepted as they arise. Projects are due to be completed by March.

In Hawaii, 5% of children aged 5 to 11 have completed the two-shot cycle, although 21% of this age group have initiated the process. Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Criteria for proposals include providing information that encourages students to get immunized, engaging people in all vaccine concerns, and connecting students and families with local immunization resources.

Applications that incorporate “culturally appropriate strategies for reaching potential communities” are encouraged, according to project guidelines.

It encourages projects to emphasize that vaccines are safe, effective and free regardless of health insurance status; that they protect schools and the community and open the door to things like sports and other gatherings. potlucks and concerts.

So far, nine nominations have been received, six of which have been approved to date, according to Tagorda-Kama. Accepted proposals include a webinar hosted by students from Waipahu High School aimed at students and families downwind, with guest speakers such as a pediatrician and a representative from the state Department of Health to allay concerns about the vaccine.

Another project was presented by art students from the Hawaii Tech Academy charter school to create Covid awareness posters inspired by ethnic art and designs.

Hawaii state health data shows that 68% of 12 to 17 year olds are fully immunized, while only 5% of 5 to 11 year olds have completed the two-shot cycle, although 21% of that age group initiated the process. Since many children started getting their first injection in early November, they should get their second injection now, given the three week wait between injections.

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