Government of Canada supports the Canadian Association of Midwives to communicate the importance of staying up to date with vaccination against COVID-19

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MONTREAL, November 15, 2022 /CNW/ – Today, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $311,310 to the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) to support their vaccine trust project, midwives for 4.

Minister Duclos had the pleasure of meeting with the CAM and learning more about how the project aims to increase confidence in the vaccine while encouraging women, pregnant people and people with vaccination concerns to keep up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. The project uses multiple tactics, including a community of practice, public engagement campaigns, and peer-mentoring opportunities.

Funds are available through the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) to support ongoing vaccination efforts against COVID-19. Investments through the IPF help bridge the gap between populations with less vaccine acceptance by enabling informed vaccination choices. Initiatives funded through the IPF are based on evidence and equity and are implemented in communities around the world. Canada.

The IPF is a key component of the Government of Canada multifaceted approach to promote population health protection against vaccine-preventable diseases, support vaccine equity, and improve vaccine acceptance and access through public outreach and community mobilization.

Staying up to date with vaccinations by getting all recommended doses provides better protection against COVID-19 while helping to reduce pressure on our hospitals and health care system. If it’s been more than six months since your last dose, or since you were infected with COVID-19, it’s time to get your booster.

The Minister took the opportunity to thank the tremendous contributions that midwives have made during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to do every day. He reiterated that the Government of Canada shares concerns raised by healthcare workers about the state of our healthcare system, particularly the impact of the healthcare workforce crisis on their patients’ ability to receive quality care when and where they need it. Health workers, including midwives, are the backbone of the health care system and the Minister has recognized that the health care workforce is in crisis.

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“Getting vaccinated is one small action that makes a big difference in our lives and the lives of those around us. The Canadian Association of Midwives is playing a crucial role in encouraging everyone, including fertility-related vaccine hesitants, to stay up-to-date on their COVID -19 vaccinations to help protect them against serious outcomes We all have a role to play in promoting healthy communities by making sure we are up-to-date on all of our vaccinations, including against COVID-19 and seasonal flu.

The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos
Health Minister

My team and I had the pleasure of meeting with the Canadian Association of Midwives and learning first-hand how they are supporting excellence in reproductive care and providing education to pregnant people, people with fertility-related vaccine questions, midwives and various organizations of midwives. Through their ‘Midwives for 4’ project, they are helping support culturally safe clinical communication about the risks of COVID-19 disease in pregnancy and the importance of staying up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination.”

The Honorable Minister marc miller
Minister of Indigenous Relations-Crown

“Through the Immunization Partnership Fund, we are helping people make informed decisions about vaccinating against COVID-19. Increasing uptake and acceptance of vaccination is how we can work together to protect the health of everyone in Canada and our health system as a whole.

Dr. TeresaChief Public Health Officer
Public Health Agency of Canada

Fast facts

  • Launched in 2016, the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) is a key component of the Public Health Agency of Canada vaccination initiatives. The IPF is an important lever to identify and help address gaps in vaccine uptake and uptake and to empower people in Canada to make informed decisions about vaccines.
  • In 2020 and 2021, as part of Canada vaccination efforts against COVID-19, the Government of Canada invested $45.5 million for projects that support the acceptance and adoption of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • In 2022, an additional $3,894,545 in funding under the Immunization Partnership Fund (IPF) was announced to provide ongoing support to 9 existing IPF projects.
  • Vaccination is, and will continue to be, a critical public health measure. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that everyone stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations by receiving all recommended doses. If it has been more than 6 months since your last dose or since you were infected with COVID-19, it is time for another booster. This is especially important if you are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

associated links
Vaccination and Immunization
Partnership Fund for Immunization
Canada.ca/Coronavirus

SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

For more information: Guillaume Bertrand, Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary, Office of the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, 613-957-0200; Media Relations, Public Health Agency of Canada, 613-957-2983, [email protected]; Public inquiries: 613-957-2991, 1-866-225-0709

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