COVID-19 Appeal

More than 6.3 million people have lost their lives to COVID-19.  

These devastating numbers are understood to be just a fraction of the real scale of the pandemic. Three years in, many people are yet to gain access to a single dose of a vaccine.   

UNICEF is working to deliver vaccines, PPE, tests and treatments to the hardest to reach places while strengthening health systems, so everyone, everywhere has an equal chance. 

COVID-19 Appeal

As we enter our third year of COVID-19, many people are yet to access a single dose of a vaccine.  

EMERGENCY UPDATE

COVID-19 cases are again spiking all over the world, fueled by new variants that are concerning public health experts and scientists. Health care systems in vulnerable communities need vaccines to help stop the spread, protective wear to keep health workers safe and oxygen to treat critically ill patients.  

UNICEF teams have been delivering vaccines to some of the most remote places on earth. Now we need your help to turn vaccines into vaccinations. We’re supporting countries with weaker health systems to efficiently rollout available doses while also protecting other essential health services, such as routine immunisations and strengthening health systems. 

To finish this race, we need you.

Support the UNICEF COVID-19 appeal

Please, donate now to send life-saving supplies to help in the fight against COVID-19.    

Give the World a Shot has made history. You can continue supporting this cause.  

When vaccines began rolling out across Australia in 2021, we launched the ‘Will you Give the World a Shot?’ campaign to support the largest and fastest vaccine roll out in history. 

We're proud to say that 7,500 generous Australians answered that question, contributing to the delivery of 1.5 billion vaccines* to low- and middle-income countries. From children donating their pocket money, to organisations donating a dose for each staff member vaccinated, Give the World a Shot has made history and we’re so grateful for that. 

We still need your help to turn vaccines into vaccinations. We’re supporting countries with weaker health systems to efficiently rollout available doses while also protecting other essential health services. You can contribute to this by donating to this appeal. 

*As of June 2022 

"We cannot vaccinate our way out of the pandemic one country at a time. We must work together to protect every one of us from COVID-19."

Ann Ottosen
Senior Manager with UNICEF Supply Division's Vaccine Centre

Children and young people are the biggest victims of the pandemic; their formative years have been disrupted in a way that their parents never experienced. The impact can have life-long implications to their education, health, nutrition and wellbeing. 

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students remain affected by full or partial school closures. The lost learning could set back an entire generation of students from reaching their full developmental potential. 

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children are estimated to now be living in poverty because of the pandemic, a 10 per cent increase since 2019.  

The race to end the pandemic is not over 

11%

of the population in low-income countries have been fully vaccinated

As of March 2022, only 11.6 per cent of the population in low-income countries have been fully vaccinated, leaving many frontline workers unprotected and exposed to infection.  

In 2021, UNICEF joined the COVAX Initiative to help deliver tests, treatments and vaccines to the hardest to reach places. So far, this initiative has shipped 1.48 billion doses to 145 countries.  

However, the race to end the pandemic is not over. Now we must turn vaccines into vaccinations. Our teams are helping low- and middle-income countries to strengthen their health systems with enough trained workers and access to equipment like cold storage freezers. 

UNICEF’s longstanding expertise in delivering emergency supplies and vaccines makes us uniquely positioned to provide life-saving support – from big cities to the most remote, hardest to reach parts of the world.  
 
Together we can make history and end the pandemic for all.   

How will my donation help children?

UNICEF’s teams are on the ground around the world, racing to reach health workers and families in need.

  • $90 could help train health care workers at an entire health facility on administering COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments. 
  • $130 could help supply 283 face masks to help keep health workers safe.  
  • $260 can help to transport 4,400 doses of vaccines within a country, so they’re ready to become vaccinations. 
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    How do we use each dollar donated?

  • 82¢
    last year, 82 cents went directly to program expenditure and community education, including long-term development and emergency response work.
  • 12¢
    last year, 12 cents covered the essential costs of raising public awareness and fundraising to generate more support for UNICEF’s work.
  • 6¢
    last year, 6 cents were spent on UNICEF Australia’s accountability and administration.

COVID-19 Appeal

As we enter our third year of COVID-19, many people are yet to access a single dose of a vaccine.