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Clinton Foundation Helping Faith Leaders Talk to Their Communities About the COVID-19 Vaccines

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For Immediate Release: April 8, 2021

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Clinton Foundation Helping Faith Leaders Talk to Their Communities About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Through the release of the Foundation’s Vaccine Confidence Toolkit, faith and community leaders will have access to information and answers on the COVID-19 vaccines

Read and download the toolkit here: clintonfoundation.org/vaccinefacts

NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Clinton Foundation released a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Toolkit, providing information about the COVID-19 vaccines to faith and community leaders. The information, composed and compiled by the Foundation’s public health experts, tracks with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Clinton Foundation’s Opioid Response Network has worked with faith communities since 2018, with a national network of interfaith leaders that included regular in-person learning sessions focused on confronting the overdose crisis in the Houston, Little Rock, Atlanta, and Jacksonville communities. With the COVID-19 pandemic, these learning sessions switched to virtual, virtual learning sessions were also started with faith leaders in the Northeast Georgia region, and the Foundation began to leverage our national and local faith leader networks to disseminate information about broader public health and safety from the virus.

“Vaccines are one of the most successful public health interventions in human history – but they require wide-scale public trust and participation to work,” said Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton. “Faith leaders are some of the most trusted messengers in our communities, and can play a critical role this year in ending the pandemic. This toolkit will help equip these leaders with the information and guidance they need, to discuss concerns with members of their communities and encourage vaccination.”

The Vaccine Confidence Toolkit includes:

  • Answers to common questions about the vaccines.
  • Tips for approaching conversations about vaccination in a nonjudgmental and constructive way.
  • Information to address safety and moral concerns about vaccination.
  • Helpful words and phrases to use, and language to avoid using.

Over the last year, the Clinton Foundation’s programs have worked to address vaccine hesitancy and promote equitable vaccine access.

In addition to our work in the faith leader space, we’ve also been addressing vaccine access and hesitancy during the course of the pandemic. Last month, as part of the Foundation’s Action Network on Inclusive Economic Recovery, Chelsea Clinton hosted a virtual convening about how vaccine access and confidence can accelerate an equitable recovery – panelists included Bechara Choucair, M.D., Vaccinations Coordinator, White House COVID-19 Response Team and Marcella Nunez-Smith, M.D., M.H.Sc., Chair, COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, Department of Health and Human Services and Senior Advisor, White House COVID-19 Response Team. In August 2020, as part of the Foundation’s CGI University program, Chelsea Clinton hosted a conversation about vaccine hesitancy and how to address misinformation.

The Vaccine Confidence Toolkit is available at www.clintonfoundation.org/vaccinefacts. It will be updated on a monthly basis through the summer to reflect the latest guidance and information.

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About the Clinton Foundation

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Clinton established the Clinton Foundation on the simple belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, everyone has a responsibility to act, and we all do better when we work together. For nearly two decades, those values have energized the work of the Foundation in overcoming complex challenges and improving the lives of people across the United States and around the world.

As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Our programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster – at the lowest possible cost.

We firmly believe that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.

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