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CEO Message

On March 11, we commemorated the somber milestone of the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic declaration. We mourned the 2.8 million lives lost across the globe, including nearly 550,000 in the United States and nearly 50,000 in Texas.  But March also ushered in the light and warmth accompanying the spring equinox. We witnessed demonstrated progress in combating the pandemic with expanded COVID-19 vaccine supply and access.  Though we still have demanding work ahead of us, I see a growing hope and optimism that we will rise to the challenge of our time and defeat the pandemic. Thank you for your efforts and support.

Allison N. Winnike, J.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer


Immunization Virtual Rally Day

On March 25, State Sen. Judith Zafferini (D-Laredo) and State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) were among the speakers at the successful Immunization Virtual Rally Day organized by Immunize Texas (www.immunizeTX.com). About 120 vaccine advocates from across Texas joined the online rally. Immunize Texas is a grassroots network of parents, friends, and community members dedicated to promoting immunization in Texas and keeping our communities protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.


UPDATE from the 87th Texas Legislature

TIP President and CEO Allison Winnike presented testimony before three legislative committees in March.

March 3, Texas House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II re: Department of State Health Services funding in HB 1

March 23, Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services re: SB 239, relating to the provision of educational materials regarding disease prevention during a disaster

March 31, Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services re: SB 1310, which would create an undue burden and unfunded mandate for physicians and serves to discourage childhood immunizations

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the gaps and vulnerabilities in our public health system and crippled Texas business. The 87th Texas Legislature must take the lead in restoring Texas from the ravages if the pandemic by protecting Texans and the Texas economy from another public catastrophe.

The Immunization Partnership legislative agenda will help Texas recover from the global pandemic and close the gaps for vaccine-preventable diseases.

Click here to learn more about our goals for creating a strong and healthy Texas today and for generations to come.


Keep up with what we’re doing at the Texas Legislature. Automated text messages from TIP include recommended advocacy actions and event notifications. Click to learn more and to sign up. It’s easy.


Join us for the 12th Annual Community Immunity Luncheon: A Virtual Event to focus community leaders on the importance of immunization issues, to raise funds to support our programs, and to honor those who have advanced immunizations and increased immunization rates. Learn more and register here.

Our keynote speaker is Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, our Scientific Advisory Council member and Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. Dr. Hotez will share his thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic, his knowledge on vaccines related to emerging diseases, and how we might weather future pandemics. Plus, we are honored to recognize Amerigroup with the Ralph D. Feigin, MD Award for Excellence, and Melanie Mouzoon, MD with the John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership.

Your support of this event will positively impact The Immunization Partnership’s efforts to reduce vaccine-preventable diseases through timely immunizations


Questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, TIP is working to meet the needs of our front-line public health responders, health care professionals, and the public. The TIP team, along with our Pandemic Vaccine Task Force and Health Equity Council, provide valuable feedback and recommendations to our local, state, and federal partners to improve distribution, allocation, and access to COVID-19 vaccines.

 Click below for answers for where to find Texas vaccine providers, vaccine safety, and many other frequently asked questions.

Meet Mobi and Victor

TIP created a children's book that explains community immunity and the importance of keeping those who are unable to receive vaccines safe from harm. The book follows Mobi, a pesky measles virus, who has a goal of infecting everyone in Townsville. However, a superhero vaccine named Victor quickly throws a wrench in Mobi's plans. The book takes the reader on an exciting adventure with Mobi and Victor as they explore several different situations about community immunity together.

The book is available in English and Spanish, and in hard-cover and paperback

To learn more about Mobi and Victor and how you can get your very own copy, and a coupon code for 50% off, click below.


Advocacy School: Turning Ideas into Reality

The Immunization Partnership Advocacy School: Turning Ideas into Reality featured a conversation between Rekha Lakshmanan, TIP director of Public Policy and Advocacy and Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, TIP Scientific Advisory Council member, about the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for everyone to get the vaccine when it becomes available to reach our goal of herd immunity. 

Dr. Hotez will also be our keynote speaker at our 12th Annual Community Immunity Luncheon.

We are proud to introduce two videos from The Immunization Partnership Original Series.

Data Conflict: How a Registry Saves Lives

Join TIP President & CEO Allison Winnike and Dr. Kalyani Sonawane, a member of the TIP Board of Directors, as they discuss how old-school diseases take down our new-school lifestyle, and how to solve the problem with data once and for all.

The Infodemic and the Spread of Misinformation

Dr. Kalyani Sonawane and Allison Winnike discuss a different kind of pandemic that has run rampant for a number of years, an Infodemic. With the internet being more available at our fingertips we have become susceptible to misinformation surrounding vaccines. Dr. Kalyani and Allison are here to help set the record straight.


Find out what TIP is saying about COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases, and what the media are saying about TIP by visiting our TIP in the News page.


TIP's mission is to eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases by educating the community, advocating for evidence-based public policy, and supporting immunization best practices.

The Immunization Partnership
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