This year, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' (ACOG) Immunization Champion Award recognizes members who have demonstrated ongoing efforts to promote routine immunizations to pregnant and non-pregnant patients in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past year has presented unprecedented challenges to all health care practitioners, and unique challenges to ob-gyns specifically and their established processes for providing care and education to patients. The competing demands of COVID-19 care and questions, the need to keep patients and staff safe, overall reduced prenatal and well woman visits, implementing telehealth, and more have made a focus on recommending and administering appropriate maternal and adult vaccinations more difficult than ever.

As a result of the pandemic and the resulting challenges outlined above, routine immunization rates have decreased concerningly over the last year. However, it remains an essential component of prenatal and well woman care. Understanding that this year presented clinicians with unmatched challenges, ACOG will select up to three members to receive the 2021 Immunization Champion Award to commend these ob-gyns for their leadership, innovation, collaboration, and perseverance in vaccinating patients.  

Each winner will receive an award certificate to display in their office, will be featured on the ACOG website, and will be highlighted in ACOG’s Immunization Newsletter, which is e-mailed to all ACOG members. Awardees will also be added to ACOG’s Immunization Champion Honor Roll. Nominations will be accepted until March 15, 2021 and the winners will be selected by June 1, 2021.

Award Criteria: The 2021 Immunization Champion Award will recognize ob-gyns who are doing an exemplary job of educating patients and other women’s health care practitioners and increasing access to maternal immunizations in their practice while navigating the challenges and constraints presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nominees must be practicing ACOG members. Members can nominate other members or themselves. Contact information of the nominator must be included to be considered.