National Immunization Awareness Week

National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) is an annual event held in the last week of April to highlight and recognize the importance of immunization. Canada’s NIAW coincides with Vaccination Week in the Americas and World Immunization Week.

During NIAW, you will see increased publicity about the importance of immunization and the success and impact that immunization has had in protecting and saving lives. Many organizations, in Canada and around the world, participate in international strategies to raise awareness about the important role of vaccines.

This year, this week is even more important as  we are in the middle of one of the largest vaccination campaigns in history as COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed to millions of people across Canada.

Here are some videos answering some key questions about COVID-19 vaccines:


How were COVID-19 vaccines developed so quickly?


How do I know COVID-19 vaccines are safe?


Do COVID-19 vaccines have side effects?