ECCV is proud to present the final videos in “Protecting Our Communities,” a 15-language video series featuring COVID-19 stories from Victoria’s diverse migrant and refugee communities. The videos tell the heartfelt personal stories of community leaders who were able to overcome COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and hesitancy, and play an important role in supporting seniors in their communities.

Each story focuses on how these community leaders responded to community concerns, why they chose to get vaccinated, and advice about staying safe. Their stories are a powerful tool to inform and encourage the older people in our lives to boost their protection against COVID-19 by getting vaccinated and continuing to follow safe practices as we adjust to living with COVID-19. While the videos are aimed at seniors, the message is universal and timely.

While vaccine uptake among older people is high, many continue to struggle with misinformation and hesitancy, and remain unvaccinated and at risk. A high proportion of people being hospitalised due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated and aged over 60. Recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics also revealed that migrants are dying from COVID-19 at three times the rate of people born in Australia. As we face the current Omicron outbreak and future variants, it remains critical to engage and support people in at-risk groups to get vaccinated right up to their third dose.

The “Protecting Our Communities” series showcases stories in Arabic, Cantonese, Chaldean, Dari, Dinka, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish and Vietnamese. All videos are in-language with both English and in-language subtitles available.

We invite you to share these compelling videos with your networks so we can reach everyone in our diverse communities, particularly those who are older or considered higher risk. Find out more about the videos here. Watch them all here.

This video series was produced in partnership with Think HQ, with support from the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.