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School Engagement Workshop – ‘What do vaccines mean to me?’

15 July, 2019

Sadie Bell and Pauline Paterson, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine researchers from Theme 3, held a workshop on vaccination with Year 5 children at St Clare’s Catholic Primary School in Liverpool. The aim of the workshop was for the children to explore what vaccinations mean to them, their families and the wider community. During the session, children were asked to think about what vaccines do and why they are important. As part of the workshop, the children were invited to design a poster based on the title ‘What do vaccines mean to me?’

The children worked really hard during the workshop and the posters they designed were all brilliant.

The competition judges – Theme 3’s Jo Yarwood and Louise Letley from the Immunisation and Countermeasures Division at Public Health England – had a very difficult job deciding on winners. All of the children that took part received a small gift as a reward for their great work. In addition, prizes and certificates were awarded to four winners: Aidan, Kai, Kinga and Tiago.

All of the posters were displayed within the school after the workshop, for the children’s families to see. We will continue to showcase the posters within local venues, to share the children’s hard work and spark conversation around vaccines within the local community. For us, working with the children emphasised their important role in promoting vaccination discussion in their families and communities, and the importance of incorporating their messages into vaccination communication campaigns.

We would like to thank the teachers and children at St Clare’s for welcoming us to hold the workshop at their wonderful school. We would also like to thank LSHTM for funding this project as part of their Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme.

We are very grateful for the help and support we received in developing this project from School Improvement Liverpool and the LSHTM Public Engagement team.