Dear club presidents,
In these difficult days, we are so heartened to receive such uplifting
reports on the unrelenting efforts of our Rotary members who have responded
in their communities against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the single question we hear time and again is, “Are we getting
involved with COVID vaccination?”
The answer is yes.
This does not mean we will deviate from our commitment to eradicating polio,
which remains our highest priority and continues to be our only corporate
program. Polio vaccinations must continue unabated, as must our effort to
raise $50 million per year for this effort.
But now, COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available around the world, and our
members have an important role to play.
We ask you to encourage your club to:
- Use Rotary’s knowledge of vaccine safety and efficacy
based on our polio eradication experience to support vaccination efforts
in your communities. This will need to be tailored to local contexts to
address unique cultural and regional needs.
- As vaccine distribution begins in your country,
partner with local organizations or health authorities to offer your
club’s support with vaccination efforts as required.
- Help combat the powerful, growing force of vaccine
resistance and misinformation. Advocacy in our communities is
critical — we need to spread the message about the power of vaccines to
- Stop the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to engage
in projects supporting mask-wearing, distancing, proper hygiene
practices, and donations of personal protective equipment — before and after
Please take a moment to view
the above video message, and share with your networks. As your club gets involved with
local vaccination or COVID-19 prevention efforts, please add your
project on Rotary Showcase (please log in to My Rotary first, and
navigate to Rotary Showcase).
We look forward to learning how your club is working to support vaccination
efforts in order to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.
Chair, The Rotary Foundation
CC: RI Board of Directors & Directors-elect, TRF Board of Trustees &
incoming Trustees, District Governors, District Governors-elect, Rotary
Coordinators, Rotary Public Image Coordinators, Regional Rotary Foundation
Coordinators, International PolioPlus Committee, National PolioPlus