Informing Parents and Families About Recommended COVID-19 Vaccines for Children


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) “We Can Do This” campaign logo.

The American Library Association is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) “We Can Do This” campaign to share trusted information about COVID-19 vaccines with parents and families with children.

The partnership focuses on information for parents and guardians of children younger than 12 years old. COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5–11 were recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in November 2021. Currently, vaccination rates for ages 5–11 are significantly lower than older age groups: 34 percent of people ages 5–11 have received at least one dose, compared to 86 percent of people ages 12 and older.

The “We Can Do This” campaign provides a range of expert-verified outreach tools and sharable resources that libraries can use to inform their communities, including resources about COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5 and older. This webinar will highlight ways that libraries can inform parents and families using the expert-verified outreach resources from HHS’ “We Can Do This” campaign.

This webinar is sponsored by the American Library Association Public Policy & Advocacy Office.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines for children and current COVID-19 vaccination rates among children;
  • Identify potential outreach activities that libraries can undertake regarding COVID-19 vaccines for children; and
  • Locate outreach resources regarding COVID-19 vaccines for children from HHS’ “We Can Do This” campaign.

Who Should Attend

This free webinar is intended for all public library staff, particularly those with responsibilities related to health, family engagement, outreach, or partnerships.


Melanie HugginsMelanie Huggins is Public Library Association (PLA) president and executive director of the Richland Library in Columbia, SC, which received the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor. Huggins was named a 2018 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands for her lasting impact in the community, and was named a 2018 Woman of Influence by Columbia Regional Business Report. In 2018, she was the first woman to win the Stephen G. Morrison Visionary Award from One Columbia for Arts and History. Huggins has been included on Columbia Business Monthly’s list of the Fifty Most Influential People for the past three years and was selected as an entrant to the Hall of Fame. Her work is influenced by her belief that libraries are uniquely positioned to make communities more livable, resilient, and inclusive.


Dr. Dipesh NavsariaDr. Dipesh Navsaria is a pediatrician working in the public interest. He blends the roles of physician, occasional children's librarian, educator, public health professional, and child health advocate. With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together. Additionally, Dr. Navsaria is strongly engaged with early literacy programs in health care settings, particularly around ideas of early brain and child development, which include neurobiological effects of adversity and poverty upon the developing brain.


Erin HemlinErin Hemlin serves as a strategic partnerships director for the COVID-19 public education campaign within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In her role, she works to amplify the campaign’s outreach through trusted messengers and community partners who can best reach underserved communities.

Prior to joining HHS, Hemlin served as the director of health policy and advocacy for Young Invincibles (YI), a national nonprofit organization that advocates for young adults. At YI, she oversaw health policy for the organization, and led YI’s public education campaign focused on helping young people access health coverage. She has authored reports focused on young adult health and was a contributing author to the textbook Navigating Health Insurance. Her work has been frequently cited in the media, including major publications like NPR, NBC News, and The New York Times.

Important Registration Information

Please review this important information before registering for this webinar.

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This live webinar will be CART captioned in English (United States).

Attendees using screen readers are advised to turn off speech prior to joining the Zoom event because PLA webinars make extensive use of chat functionality. Attendees who find chat distracting may wish to disable it in the Zoom event, as PLA moderators will verbally highlight important topics raised in chat and chat transcripts will be provided post-webinar.

If you have a physical or communication need that may affect your participation in this webinar, please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752) at least two weeks prior to the webinar. Without prior notification of need, we may not be able to provide appropriate accommodations for the live event.

Archived Recording

If you're unable to attend this live webinar, an archived recording will be freely available typically within 1–3 business of the live event. Access to closed captions will be provided in the webinar recording.

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be presented using the Zoom platform. Please review Zoom technical requirements and support information, and test your connection.

Once you've joined the webinar, there are two ways to connect your audio: via computer (VoIP) or via telephone. No microphone is required. PLA works with its webinar platform provider to assure the highest quality audio is being delivered to attendees. However, variables over which PLA has no control—such as the speed of your Internet connection or traffic on your local network—can affect the end quality of the webinar audio delivered by your computer. Each webinar’s audio is also available by telephone via a toll number, so we recommend you have access to a long-distance enabled phone as a backup in case you experience audio issues with VoIP. If you do encounter any problems during the webinar, you will receive a link to its archived recording within a week of the live event and can review anything you missed.


This webinar is presented by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and sponsored by the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office.

PLA members make it possible for us to provide continuing education opportunities like this webinar at no cost. We thank our members for their continuous dedication to the advancement of the public library field and our association.

Questions about this webinar? Please contact us at or 800-545-2433 ext. 5PLA (5752).

NOTE: Due to high demand, we are accepting up to 1,500 registrations for this event, but only the first 1,000 viewers will be able to attend live. The webinar room will open about 15 minutes before the start of the event, and we recommend you arrive early.

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