Rotary ramps up COVID-19 vaccination efforts


撰文:瑞安.海蘭德 Ryan Hyland


世界各地扶輪社正在自己社區進行動員,支援COVID-19新冠疫苗的介紹與分送。 扶輪領導人敦請社員與當地衛生機構聯繫,來確定扶輪如何支援接種COVID-19疫苗的工作。

Rotary clubs around the world are mobilizing in their communities to support the introduction and delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations. Rotary leaders are urging members to connect with their local health agencies to determine how Rotary can support COVID-19 vaccine efforts.



Rotary has decades of experience in supporting the distribution of polio vaccines as well as highlighting their power and efficacy, which is a critical reason why polio is on the brink of eradication. It’s this expertise, along with strategic partnerships and innovation, that Rotary members can tap into to protect communities from COVID-19.



John Hall, president of the Rotary Club of Trenton, North Carolina, receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Jones County immunization day.

照片由Dawn Rochelle提供



Back-up for health officials



Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Foundation Trustee Chair K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran have called on Rotary members to take action on a number of levels. Rotary members in North Carolina, USA, quickly organized to offer assistance to health officials. District leaders contacted the state’s secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to strategize support efforts.



The six district governors in North Carolina joined the state’s health department in conducting a webinar, open to the more than 12,200 Rotary members in North Carolina, to provide information about the available COVID-19 vaccines, how they will be distributed, and answer their questions so they can serve as role models and instill confidence in the vaccines in their community.


扶輪7730地區(北卡羅來納州)總監道恩.羅謝爾Dawn Rochelle表示:「扶輪社員是備受尊敬的領導人,人們尋求他們的指引,有更多的資訊及機會與衛生官員分享想法會更佳。」

“Rotarians are leaders who are looked upon for guidance, and the more information and opportunity to share ideas with health officials, the better,” said Dawn Rochelle, governor of Rotary district 7730 (North Carolina).



Members volunteered at local vaccination sites across the state to help health officials with logistics including data entry, crowd control, and check-ins. Members also provide health workers and volunteers with food and beverages. In addition, the districts provided the state health department with a spreadsheet that included a Rotary member contact for each of the 100 counties in North Carolina.


同一地區的前總監南希.巴比Nancy Barbee曾與羅謝爾在印度的全國免疫日期間共同擔任志工。正是這些根除小兒麻痺症的大規模接種疫苗的經驗,幫助他們確定了扶輪社員如何協助支援接種COVID-19疫苗的特殊需求。

Nancy Barbee and Rochelle, past governors of the same district, volunteered together during National Immunization Days in India. It’s those experiences with mass immunization for polio that helped them identify specific needs for how members can help support COVID-19 vaccinations.


曾參與兩次印度根除小兒麻痺症免疫運動的羅謝爾說:「根除小兒麻痺症倡議提供了一個在任何社區都有效的策略藍圖。」 「各級政府在美國與美國各地領導進行免疫工作,但是成功的關鍵是扶輪社員帶來的額外支持。我們在這裡為一線工工作人員提供所需的一切支援。看到北卡羅來納州扶輪社的因應作為真是太神奇了。」

“The polio eradication initiative gives a blueprint that provides strategy that is effective in any community,” says Rochelle, who took part in two polio immunization drives in India. “Governments take the lead on immunizations there and here in the U.S., but what’s critical to the success is the additional layer of support Rotarians bring. We are here to back-up the frontline workers with anything they need. It’s amazing to see the response of North Carolina Rotarians.”



New joint COVID-19 taskforce gives direction to clubs


扶輪社:在國際扶輪的Rotary Showcase上分享您的抵抗COVID-19新冠疫情的努力。

Clubs: Share your COVID-19 efforts on Rotary Showcase.



At a meeting in December, the Rotary International Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Trustees created a joint taskforce that will help guide upcoming efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccines and advocate for people to get vaccinated. The newly formed group will also share information promoting vaccine acceptance, and encourage service projects to stop the spread of the disease, such as social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands frequently.



In a joint letter to district leaders, Knaack and Ravindran said members have a successful history of getting things done when help is needed. “Through the hundreds of global grants and projects, Rotary members have demonstrated what we can accomplish to raise awareness, deliver critical personal protection equipment, and provide support to frontline health workers,” they said in the letter.


兩位扶輪社領導人呼籲要特別留意一項具體行動呼籲的重要性:克服接種疫苗的猶豫心態。 「請幫助我們克服不斷增長的拒絕接種疫苗及錯誤訊息的強大力量。我們在社區中的倡導至關重要 – 我們需要散播有關疫苗有力量拯救生命的訊息。」

The two Rotary leaders called particular attention to the importance of one specific call to action: combatting vaccine hesitancy. “Help us combat the powerful, growing force of vaccine resistance and misinformation. Our advocacy in our communities will be critical – we need to spread the message about the power of vaccines to save lives,” they urged.



Other ways clubs can mobilize around COVID-19 vaccine introduction and delivery at the local level include community education, ensuring equitable distribution of the vaccine, helping stop the continued spread of the disease, and aiding local health authorities to get prepared for mass vaccinations.


扶輪社與其全球根除小兒麻痺倡議(GPEI)合作夥伴創建的基礎設施已經支援抵抗COVID-19疫情的種種努力。 GPEI最近宣布已準備好支援COVID-19疫苗的推出。

The infrastructure created by Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners is already supporting efforts to combat COVID-19. The GPEI recently announced that it is ready to support the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.


本文由台灣扶輪月刊及台灣扶輪出版暨網路資訊協會譯自國際扶輪2021年2月1日發布的消息Rotary ramps up COVID-19 vaccination efforts

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