Many of us have benefitted from the vaccination programme in the UK with 84.5 million injections given – with over 25,000 given at Emmanuel Church, Billericay. As more of our family, friends, and neighbours receive their vaccines, we share a real sense of gratitude and relief.

At the same time, we are aware that many communities around the world are suffering as they don’t have access to vaccines and the basics that they need to protect themselves such as clean water for handwashing. We can’t stop there. Now the rest of the world needs our help. In places like India, where cases have risen dramatically, hospitals are overwhelmed and oxygen supplies are running out. 

UNICEF is ensuring no one is left behind in the race to vaccinate against COVID-19. UNICEF’s goal is to ensure health workers in every country – not just the wealthier ones – are protected, and patients get the urgent medical supplies and oxygen they need. 

UNICEF have launched a campaign encouraging people to make a donation, as a practical way to give thanks when they receive their own COVID 19 vaccination. The ‘VaccinAid’ – Give The World a Shot campaign aims to help fund almost two billion COVID 19 vaccines for health workers and the most high risk and vulnerable people on our planet. The money raised will also help UNICEF provide tests and treatments to people in 190 countries around the world through the global COVAX initiative. And when one country is at risk, we’re all at risk.

Whether you can give just a few pounds or a much larger sum, Christian Aid’s campaign provides each of us with an opportunity to give generously in gratitude for our own vaccinations and to support those who do not have the benefits that we have. 

We need your help to deliver 2 billion vaccines, 5.6 million tests and 5.5 million treatments around the world this year. Join us for the biggest health and logistics project in history.

Your donation will be matched by Pears Foundation pound for pound, up to £200k, until 31st August 2021.

More details here

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