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Canadian Immunization Conference scientific abstracts



The Canadian Immunization Conference features the latest research on immunization, including close to 200 oral abstracts and poster presentations. The 2023 edition of the conference marks the first time the Canadian immunization community has met in person since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Abstracts cover vaccine-preventable diseases such as mpox, measles, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and human papillomavirus (HPV) along with a diverse range of topics including health equity, vaccine confidence, and vaccine communications.

The following scientific abstracts may be of particular interest to the media:

1.    Disrupting misinformation by enabling credible peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing: Training marginalized youth and community leaders on science, social context, and effective communication as an intervention to promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence  – Dina Al-khooly (Visions of Science)   
2.    Measurement of population-level measles immunity in Ontario: Using serology data linked to health administrative data – Archchun Ariyarajah (University of Toronto)
3.    Lessons learned from implementing a rapid, large-scale vaccine response to contain mpox – Shovita Padhi (Toronto Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health - University of Toronto, SPPH - University of British Columbia)
4.    An equity-focused evaluation of COVID-19 vaccine rollout implementation plans proposed by six Canadian provinces between January 2021 and April 2022 – Vajini Atukorale (University of Toronto)
5.    Predicted likelihood and impact of mRNA vaccine technologies for Canadian vaccine programs – Ramya Krishnan (Public Health Agency of Canada)
6.    COVID-19 pandemic impacts on uptake of human papillomavirus vaccine among Canadian gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men  – Catharine Chambers (University Of Toronto)
7.    A shot in the arm: The evidence and gaps regarding the role of pharmacy technicians in vaccination services – Mathew Demarco (University Of Waterloo)
8.    COVID-19 vaccine intentions among black communities in British Columbia –  Modupe Bankole-Longe (Hogan's Alley Society)
9.    “They weren’t really sure what to do”: Gaps in the evidence about COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy – Terra Manca (University of Alberta)
10.    How are we doing? A vaccine safety update after the authorization of pediatric COVID-19 vaccines in Canada – Pauline Barbeau (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Representatives from the media are required to register in advance in order to attend the conference and access the press room. 

NOTE: Abstracts are being presented April 25-27. The oral abstract program provides more details. Interviews with researchers can be arranged through Dolores Gutierrez. Presenters may only be available on the day their abstracts are presented. 

For more information contact:
Dolores Gutierrez, Communications & Marketing Officer
Canadian Public Health Association
Telephone: 613.725.3769, ext. 190

About the Canadian Public Health Association
Founded in 1910, the Canadian Public Health Association is the independent voice for public health in Canada with links to the international community. As the only Canadian non-governmental organization focused exclusively on public health, we are uniquely positioned to advise decision-makers about public health system reform and to guide initiatives to help safeguard the personal and community health of Canadians and people around the world. We are a national, independent, not-for-profit, voluntary association. Our members believe in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions that are necessary to achieve health for all.

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