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Vaccine Coalition

Project Description

A coalition of more than 50 U.S. Catholic organizations is marking World Health Day by announcing unified support to encourage constituents and faith communities to accept vaccination as an act of charity and solidarity with others that will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and build immunity against the virus.

The coalition is promoting vaccine equity in the U.S. and around the world, drawing on Catholic social teaching, for people who are underserved or marginalized. This includes communities of color, rural areas, and others with limited vaccine availability in the U.S., as well as access for developing countries and among refugees and other displaced people who may not be citizens in their current home.

Recognizing there has been differing information and understanding about the vaccines, the Catholic organizations are joining together to promote the common good and amplify the teachings of Pope Francis and U.S. Catholic Bishops on accepting the vaccine as they become available and promoting equitable distribution.

The coalition is also encouraging Catholics to recognize there are moral reasons for taking personal responsibility in an effort to end the pandemic so that society, particularly the most vulnerable, can attain physical, mental, and economic wellness.

Each organization in the coalition has committed to three major goals.

  1. Leverage their communication channels and resources to share consistent information about the importance and moral responsibility of individuals to accept a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
  2. Provide human, spiritual, and pastoral support for those struggling to understand, affirm, and act on Catholic social teaching, including the teachings of Pope Francis and the U.S. Catholic Bishops.
  3. Advocate for the equitable distribution of the vaccine in the U.S. and globally.

The coalition is providing information and resources on issues related to COVID-19 vaccines at www.catholiccares.com.

 

Funding

In Word and Witness, as a founding member of this initiative, collaborated to secure a 6-figure grant through the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support promotion of COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and equity.

We invite you to visit the Catholic Cares website and make a contribution.

Get Involved!

In Word and Witness is supporting all the goals of the coalition, but its leadership is overseeing two subcommittees, Communication and Storytelling and Formation and Support.  You are encouraged to participate in this committee work. Submit your interest by clicking on the committee and submitting your information on the form. Thank you for advocacy to promote vaccine acceptance and equity.

The Catholic Cares Coalition is honored to be the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. A portion of the funds will be distributed as microgrants for coalition members to use for short-term communication initiatives that utilize digital media to disseminate fact-based information on the vaccines from local influencers. Microgrants are available up to $5,000 per Catholic organization. All applications must be completed using the below form. Applicants are encouraged to apply by Friday, July 16th, 2021.

Funding Status

We did it! This project has reached or exceeded its fundraising goal!

$100000 funded of $100000 goal
1 supporters | 172 days to go