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MONTHLY WEBINAR

COVID-19 vaccination and older people: protection or gerontocide?


Friday 2 December
2-4pm (UK time)

Chair: Camilla Williamson, HelpAge International.

Speakers:

Aravinda Guntupali
University of Aberdeen, UK.
A progress report on the COVID-19 vaccination of older people in India.

Leon Geffen and Gabrielle Kelly
The Samson Institute for Ageing Research (SIFAR). 
COVID-19 vaccination in long-term care facilities in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Lucas Sempé
Universidad Católica San Pablo, Peru and University of East Anglia, UK.
Does prioritising older people in COVID-19 vaccination save more lives? The case of Peru.

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Vaccine cakeism and moral dilemmas.

Vaccine cakeism and moral dilemmas.

Over the past months, a lot has been said about vaccine nationalism. Much less has been said about vaccine ageism (the decision of some countries to prioritise lower risk groups over those at the oldest ages). And almost nothing has been said about vaccine cakeism.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation, 5 February 2021.


“There is a disturbing narrative in some countries that it’s OK if older people die. It’s not OK… Those most at risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19, including health workers and older people, must come first. And they must come first everywhere.”

86%

Of reported COVID-19 deaths in Chile since the start of the pandemic have been aged 60 or more.

In Argentina, the average age of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is

74

In Peru, people aged 60 or more account for

70%

of reported COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

From March 2020 to 2021

86%

of Colombia’s 55,000 reported COVID-19 deaths were aged 55+.

We are collecting information on vaccines prioritisation policies. Join us in collecting data across countries.

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CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

The weekly webinars have been a big success. We want to build on this by offering network members the opportunity to organise webinar sessions.

The Platform will facilitate this process by:

  • Managing proposals and timeslots.

  • Promoting on our site, in our newsletter and via social media.

  • Posting slides and recordings after the event (if you wish).

  • Posting related blogs and material.

This call will function like conference panel proposals. You need to complete this online form.