City of Toronto releases four-part vaccine engagement video series Pandemic Perspectives

Image: Vaccine Engagement Teams John Tory twitter page

 Toronto/ A four-part vaccine engagement video series called Pandemic Perspectives was launched today by the City of Toronto featuring personal stories of Toronto residents, community-based insights, vaccine information, and resources.

Pandemic Perspectives was created to speak directly to members of communities who unfortunately continue to experience higher rates of COVID-19 infection and lower rates of vaccination…we want to contextualize the backgrounds and challenges that many of our residents face promoting a larger understanding of one another,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a news release.

Vaccine Engagement Teams (VETs) identified four video themes – families, faith leaders, youth, and accessibility – to focus on communities and equity-deserving groups with lower rates of vaccination and high rates of COVID-19 infection and who continue to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A personal and powerful message is delivered by the videos, not only revealing the life experiences of those impacted communities but also promoting the importance of vaccination, addressing barriers and hesitations along the way.

The videos also aim to create a broad understanding, appreciation, and respect for the perspectives of others.

The video series acknowledges the unique challenges many Torontonians face and encourages collaboration and partnership among all Toronto residents.

Beginning today, Pandemic Perspectives will be released weekly on the City’s COVID-19: Vaccine Resources webpage and on the City’s YouTube and social channels.

Team Toronto’s hyper-local, equity-focused vaccine strategy strategizes the importance of community-based engagement and facilitates VETs and Community Ambassadors to deepen connections with residents in overcoming their resistance to understanding and confidence.

Earlier this year,  Black Bodies, featuring Dr. Akwatu Khenti, Chair of the City’s Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity was launched by the city of Toronto with a personal message about COVID-19 vaccination to Toronto’s Black community.

Following the impact of that video, the City collaborated with the Accessibility Task Force, the Faith-Based Engagement Collaborative, and the Toronto Youth Vaccine Advisory Committee (TYVAC) to expand the series.  Black Bodies can be watched under COVID-19 Stories on the City’s COVID-19: Vaccine Resources webpage.

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