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 Ramon San Pascual
28 Jun 2022 Opening Welcome Remarks and Overview of the SECURE Webinar Series and TA6767 Eduardo Banzon
28 Jun 2022 Presentation 1 Environmental and Climate Impact of the Pandemic: How the Vaccination Fares
This presentation gives an overview of the cause and cost of the COVID-19 pandemic amidst climate change.
Glenn Roy Paraso
28 Jun 2022 Presentation 2 Obtaining Health Security amidst the Pandemic and Climate Change
This gives an overview of global health security and ways on how this can be addressed using science-based tools and approaches.
28 Jun 2022 Presentation 3 Climate Crisis as Health Crisis and Vaccination as Climate Adaptation Measure
This gives an overview of the impact of COVID-19 and climate change on healthcare facilities.
Le Thai Ha
28 Jun 2022 Presentation 4 Vaccine Hesitancy and Climate Change Denial, A Case to Improve Health Communication
This presentation gives an overview of how damaging the planet can also lead to damage to human health and the possible cost of preventing the next pandemic...
Jemilah Mahmood
28 Jun 2022 Question and Answers Moderated Q&A Ramon San Pascual
28 Jun 2022 Closing Closing Remarks Esperanza Cabral


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