Our club is still meeting on Zoom. No guest speaker last Tuesday but the President shared the following information from Rotary.org
Rotary and the coronavirus impact: Frequently Asked Questions
As people of action, Rotary members want to find ways to respond to COVID-19, and to help people affected by it. The Rotary Foundation offers several options that Rotarians can use to help care for and protect people in their own communities and others around the world.
Q: Can my district use district grants to fund COVID-19 related projects?
A: Yes, districts can use district grant funds to support local activities, like purchasing thermometers, protective medical gear, or other items to donate to medical professionals who need them. Districts can also use contingency funds from an open district grant or repurpose previously planned activities as a COVID-19 response.
Q: Can I use a global grant to fund COVID-19 related projects?
A: Yes. Global grants remain an excellent way to make a transformative impact in a community. If medical equipment is needed in order to respond effectively to COVID-19, global grants can help pay for these items. Note that global grant applications must adhere to standard eligibility requirements as noted in the grant terms and conditions and the area of focus policy statements.
Q: Can I apply for a disaster response grant for COVID-19 related projects?
A: No, disaster response grants are no longer available to support COVID-19 related projects.
Q: Can my club or district use Rotary Foundation grant funds to purchase COVID-19 vaccines?
A: No, Rotary Foundation grant funds may not be used to purchase COVID-19 vaccines. This restriction applies to district, global and disaster response grants.
For additional information, contact your regional grants officer.
Q: Will Rotary have a role to play in COVID-19 vaccinations?
A: Yes. Rotary will tap into its decades of experience in bringing polio to the brink of eradication, to highlight the power and efficacy of vaccines. Rotary’s tenacity, strategic partnerships, and innovation can all support the effort to protect communities from COVID-19.
Rotary and its partners at the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) recently announced that it is ready to support vaccine introduction and delivery. The group is also committed to equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and lending its support to ensure that all communities have equal access to vaccines.
More information and resources will soon be available for clubs and districts.
Q: Are the RI Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees taking action in regards to vaccines?
A: Yes, they are. At a recent joint session, the RI Board and Trustees created a joint task force that will develop and execute a plan to encourage Rotary and Rotaract clubs to support vaccinations.
Q: How can Rotary and Rotaractors get involved?
A: There are several ways members can get involved. Members can enhance community education on COVID-19 vaccinations by sharing information from local and regional health authorities and supporting their efforts. They should contact local health departments to determine where assistance is most needed. Moreover, members can connect with local health officials, including World Health Organization and UNICEF where applicable, to advocate for and support their efforts to ensure all communities receive equal access to the vaccine.
Q: What about vaccine misinformation and hesitancy? Are there ways to combat this?
A: Yes. Rotary is asking members to disseminate accurate, fact-based information as provided by local health agencies. It’s important to spread the word that vaccines work by using #vaccineswork in their social media postings. Highlight Rotary’s work on polio as a key example.
Members can invite medical professionals or local health officials to speak at club meetings. Try to also engage with local media, for example writing letters to the editor, in support of local efforts and vaccine safety and efficacy—using Rotary’s success in polio eradication as a proof point.
Q: COVID-19 is still spreading around the world. What should members do to help stop the spread?
A: Members need to continue to participate in projects that support mask wearing, social distancing, proper hygiene practices, and donations of personal protection equipment.
More importantly, members should lead by example, by wearing masks and practicing social distancing . Share images online that reflect these lifesaving behaviors. Get vaccinated. When the time arrives for you to receive the vaccine, share your experience online.
Q: How can I share my efforts?
A: Let the Rotary world know what your club or district is doing to support COVID-19 vaccine introduction efforts by posting your initiatives and projects on Rotary Showcase.
Q: How does the COVID-19 pandemic impact Rotary’s fight to end polio?
A: In our work to end polio, the program sees the devastating impact that communicable diseases have. With this in mind, we are fully committed to supporting national health systems by engaging our expertise and assets to help mitigate and contain the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside continuing concerted efforts to eradicate polio.
Using the vast infrastructure developed to identify the poliovirus and deliver vaccination campaigns, the polio eradication program is pitching in to protect the vulnerable from COVID-19, especially in polio-endemic countries. From Pakistan to Nigeria, the program is drawing on years of experience fighting outbreaks to support governments as they respond to the new virus. Learn more.
Q: How can I become involved with COVID-19 while still fighting to end polio?
A: Rotary and its partners remain steadfastly dedicated to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world, and work continues to meet the remaining challenges. We still need the support of Rotarians everywhere to help make global polio eradication a reality. The most important way that Rotary members can continue the fight polio is to raise $50 million each year for PolioPlus, which is matched 2-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. By continuing to raise funds for polio eradication, you’ll ensure that Rotary and its partners can continue its critical work to vaccinate vulnerable children against polio, perform vital surveillance activities, and implement new strategies to meet the remaining challenges to achieving a polio-free world.