The CDC Foundation has announced a new Request for Proposals to support community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop and implement effective health communication and community engagement strategies to increase vaccine confidence and acceptance among groups at risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) related to under-immunization. For many years, child vaccination coverage has remained high nationally, and most parents are confident in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. However, the recent resurgence in the spread of myths and misinformation has put some communities at risk. When misleading information circulates, vaccination coverage can fall and increase the risk for outbreaks of VPDs. Vaccine confidence remains critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. While we have seen signs of recovery from pandemic-related disruptions to routine childhood vaccination, children, families, and communities remain at risk for preventable diseases and outbreaks. Additionally, the arrival of flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic has made it critical to protect vulnerable populations and reduce burden on the healthcare system through widespread uptake of influenza vaccine.
Vaccinate with Confidence is CDC’s strategic framework to strengthen vaccine confidence and prevent outbreaks of VPDs in the United States. This funding opportunity will support CBOs’ strategies to provide health education and community engagement on vaccines, in multiple formats (ie: oral, written, etc) delivered by local trusted sources in ways that are culturally appropriate. CBOs must be nonprofit and tax-exempt ( 501c3 tax exempt status; documentation must be provided) and may include faith-based organizations, vaccine advocacy organizations, public health focused associations, civic and social organizations, and other organizations that have the capacity to educate and engage at-risk communities. Questions about this opportunity may be directed to Nikka Sorrells, firstname.lastname@example.org.