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April 4, 2023

Vaccinate with Confidence: Why I Vax

Submitted by Stephanie Gutierrez

Why I Vax

Immunize Kansas Coalition Launches the Vaccinate with Confidence Campaign in partnership with K-State Research and Extension and Kansas State University Office of Engagement.

About the Vaccinate with Confidence Project:

K-State Research and Extension and Kansas State University's Office of Engagement are working in collaboration with IKC and CDC to bring vaccine confidence to Kansas communities. This project aims to create better vaccine-confident outreach to Kansas communities and families through college students.

Share Why You Vax:

The Immunize Kansas Coalition (IKC) encourages Kansans to share their vaccination stories. It invites personal stories or anecdotes to encourage readers to get vaccinated against diseases. In collaboration with IKC, the health communication team at K-State invites students to share their “why” statements communicating their reasons for getting vaccinated.

About the Vaccine Confidence Project Team: 

Sakshi Bhati (Project Lead), Johnna Tumberger (Strategic Communication Intern) and Janvi Aggarwal (Strategic Communication Volunteer) are currently working on developing social media and campus presence to encourage vaccine use among families and communities through K-State college students.

“I lost my father to COVID-19 in 2020. I understand the pain of losing a loved one to a deadly disease and so I chose to vaccinate myself and my family. I vax because I cannot afford to lose more family members to such diseases. I highly encourage everyone in our communities to get vaccinated and protect ourselves and our families,” said Sakshi Bhati.

To share your vaccine story, use the social media frame or forward a quote to the Vaccine Confidence team today!

For examples of others’ stories, read and watch videos from a national partner on the Vaccinate Your Family Webpage

For more information, please contact Sakshi Bhati at sbhati@ksu.edu.