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Online Event
  • April 26, 2022 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Special note: This seminar will be hosted on Zoom. Please register to receive the link and password two hours before the seminar. Please note that space is limited.

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the routine immunization of children. Most countries experienced drops in childhood vaccination coverage rates, erasing decades of progress. Lifesaving vaccination campaigns were postponed in 50 countries in 2021, putting around 228 million, mostly children, at risk of vaccine preventable diseases such as measles, yellow fever, and polio.

After over two years of the pandemic and ongoing efforts to restore, maintain and improve immunization programmes, what are the key lessons that we have learned? Where are the current gaps and how can health systems be strengthened and adequately resourced to reach every child with lifesaving vaccinations?

Co-hosted by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and UNICEF Canada during World Immunization Week 2022, this webinar seeks to provide a platform to share best practices and learnings through the COVID-19 pandemic that can serve as opportunities as we embark on a road to recovery, benefiting routine immunization.

Speaker presentations will be followed by an interactive Q&A session.


– Dr. Shelly Bolotin – Director, Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Scientist, Health Protection, Public Health Ontario


– Dr. Ephrem T. Lemango – Associate Director of Immunization, UNICEF
– Julia Anderson – Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH)

The webinar will take place on Zoom on Tuesday, April 26th 2022 – You will receive a webinar link and password TWO HOURS before the event.

The webinar will be available on the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s YouTube page after the livestream concludes.

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About the Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, DLSPH, U of T:

With leadership housed at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, we are developing an interdisciplinary group of academic researchers, educators and public health advocates. Our vision is to catalyze cutting-edge research and education that maximizes the health benefits of immunization for everyone.

We aim to contribute locally and globally to healthy communities through excellence in interdisciplinary vaccine-preventable disease and immunization research and education.


UNICEF is the world’s leading humanitarian organization focused on children. We work in the most challenging areas to provide protection, healthcare and immunizations, education, safe water and sanitation and nutrition. As part of the United Nations, our unrivaled reach spans more than 190 countries and territories, ensuring we are on the ground to help the most disadvantaged children. While part of the UN system, UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations to finance our life-saving work. Please visit and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.