Award Categories: There are four award categories of recognition accepting nominations:
The Laura Scott NAIIS Immunization Excellence Award for Outstanding Influenza Season Activities Campaign recognizes innovative activities related to seasonal influenza vaccination across the lifespan (pediatric, adolescent and/or adult activities) and/or among healthcare workers related to improving influenza vaccination. Submissions may include strategies used to co-administer influenza vaccine along COVID-19 vaccine and other recommended vaccines at the same time.
"Immunization Neighborhood" Immunization Champion award recognizes efforts by individuals and organizations focused on improving COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 immunization rates through the engagement of the immunization neighborhood. This could include efforts to promote catch up immunizations in response to the significant drop in coverage rates because of the pandemic. Nominations should highlight collaboration, coordination, and communication (the 3 C’s) among immunization neighborhood stakeholders to meet the immunization needs of patients and protect the community from vaccine-preventable diseases. National, state and local programs are encouraged to submit nominations. The submissions should demonstrate strong public and/or private collaboration around the 3 C’s, incorporation of the Adult Immunization Standards (Assess, Recommend, Refer/Vaccinate and Document in immunization information systems (IIS). Applicants are also encouraged to demonstrate new approaches for sharing immunization administration information (via communications / messaging, IIS, EHR, etc) among multiple categories of providers.
"Health Equity & Access" Immunization Champion award recognizes individuals and organizations whose efforts focused on enhancing vaccine confidence among groups of persons with historically lower vaccination rates and/or greater vaccine hesitancy that resulted in improving vaccine uptake. This might include practice-based and community-based care and message delivery. National, state and local public and/or private programs are encouraged to submit nominations. The submissions should demonstrate strong public and/or private collaborations that have had a positive impact on addressing immunization disparities. Applicants are encouraged to include data, descriptions and other information that demonstrates the impact of the effort. Nominations should discuss assessment of patient immunization status and referral systems utilized, if applicable. Did the work address health equity and access to recommended vaccinations?
Corporate Campaign award recognizes national activities developed by communication or public relations organizations and/or supported by manufacturers, distributors or other for-profit entities (such as multi-practice site companies) that could be in any of the above awards areas. Corporate entities submitting nominations for national awards should only apply in this category.
Note: the awards selection committee reserves the right to create additional categories or to not award any winners in a particular category.