SECURE Webinar 3: COVID-19 Vaccination Programs and Climate Change


SECURE Webinar 3: COVID-19 Vaccination Programs and Climate Change

28 June 2022


The SECURE Webinar Series #3: COVID-19 Vaccination Programs and Climate Change brought together experts, scholars, and practitioners to share experiences and observations over climate change and health issues that beset the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination programs globally, and to help inform and strengthen the current and future vaccination initiatives within the Southeast Asia region.

COVID-19 vaccination is the largest immunization campaign in the world as billions of people have been vaccinated and more will be targeted in the coming years, which is expected to further generate an unprecedented amount of waste. Innovative practices can help reduce overall waste and provide a framework for safely processing and disposal of hazardous materials.

The other issue that links vaccines and climate change is the mistrust of science. Vaccine hesitancy and denial of climate change have the following things in common:

  1. they are considered a threat to personal, community, and global health
  2. effective policy action is contingent upon social cooperation and global collaboration, and
  3. support of the broad population is dependent on trust in science.

Both vaccine hesitancy and climate change were considered major threats to public health in 2019. The correct messaging and building of public trust through a consistent communications strategy are key.

The SECURE Webinar Series 3 aimed to highlight these relationships between climate, pandemic, and the succeeding vaccination campaign in the Southeast Asia Region. Ultimately, this event sought to contribute to the ongoing discourse of attaining health security through effective vaccination and deliberate climate actions.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
28 Jun 2022 Opening Introduction and Program Review Mr. Ramon San Pascual MPH, Moderator, TA 6767 Climate Change and Health Expert (Consultant), ADB
Executive Director, Healthcare Without Harm Asia
28 Jun 2022 Opening Welcome Remarks and Overview of the SECURE Webinar Series and TA6767 Dr. Eduardo Banzon, MD Principal Health Specialist, Human and Social Development Division, Southeast Asia Department, ADB
28 Jun 2022 Presentation 1 Environmental and Climate Impact of the Pandemic: How the Vaccination Fares Dr. Glenn Paraso,
Executive Director and CEO, Mary Johnston Hospital, Philippines
28 Jun 2022 Presentation 2 Obtaining Health Security amidst the Pandemic and Climate Change Dr. Suherman, Chairperson
Health Promoting Hospitals, Indonesia
Member, Asia Advisory Council Health Care Without Harm SE Asia
28 Jun 2022 Presentation 3 Climate Crisis as Health Crisis and Vaccination as Climate Adaptation Measure Dr. Le Thai Ha (Mrs.), M. Sc., PhD,
Vice Director, National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health,
Director, National Center for Water Quality Surveillance & In-charge of International Collaboration, NIOEH, MOH, Viet Nam
28 Jun 2022 Presentation 4 Vaccine Hesitancy and Climate Change Denial, a case to Improve Health Communication Tan Sri Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood,
Executive Director, Sunway Center for Planetary Health, Sunway University, Malaysia
28 Jun 2022 Question and Answers Moderated Q&A Mr. Ramon San Pascual, MPH,
Moderator, TA 6767 Climate Change and Health Expert (Consultant), ADB
Executive Director, Healthcare Without Harm Asia
28 Jun 2022 Closing Closing Remarks Dr. Esperanza Cabral,
Former Philippine Secretary of Health
Chairperson, Board of Trustees Health Care Without Harm SE Asia


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