Brandon University is lending its weight as part of a growing national initiative to “get back together, faster” through vaccinations.
As a founding partner of the “Faster, Together” initiative, which officially launched last week, Brandon University has joined more than 100 other institutions from across the country, representing a broad cross-section of sectors.
“Vaccination — both doses, delivered to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible — is the fastest and easiest route to bring us all back together,” said BU Director of Marketing and Communications Grant Hamilton, who leads the university’s involvement and sits on the Faster Together Task Group. “We hear from students and faculty that in-person learning is much preferred, and we all miss the vibrant hum and activity of being on campus. Vaccines will help us get back to that ASAP.”
The volunteer-based “Faster, Together” campaign supports vaccination by providing accurate and timely information about the vaccines and the benefits of vaccination. Vaccines are safe and effective, but some people are still unsure, or are delaying getting a dose.
“Vaccine rates keep climbing across the country, and we are all rolling up our sleeves to get those rates as high as possible,” Hamilton said. “Everyone who gets fully vaccinated helps us all get back together quickly, so we can get back to doing the things we love with the people we love.”
Brandon University reminds all employees that they are eligible for up to three hours of paid time off to attend a Covid-19 vaccine appointment, and the university continues active discussions about introducing incentives to encourage student vaccinations as well.
Vaccines in Manitoba are now open to everyone at least 12 years of age, and second-dose appointment eligibility is expanding. Information on eligibility and vaccine booking is online at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/eligibility-criteria.html.
About ‘Faster Together’
Overcoming vaccine hesitancy to speed the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.
This is a voluntary effort of a wide variety of people and organizations working together to promote COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and help speed a recovery from this pandemic. Creative services have been donated by spark*advocacy and research support provided by Abacus Data. Bruce Anderson (spark and Abacus) along with Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress have been convening a group effort. The current list of participants can be found on our website and is expanding regularly: www.fastertogether.ca
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