First-Ever Rally Day a Big Success
Originally published in the The Immunization Partnership
Our first-ever Rally Day at the Capitol was a major success. Nearly 300 people, including doctors, nurses, parents, children and concerned citizens, showed up to support the cause and let our legislators know that the majority of Texans support vaccines. Thanks to your help, we had one of the biggest rally days in the country. Our voice was heard loud and clear, and it was evident by the reception we received from legislators – some of whom took a few minutes to speak with the crowd in attendance. The Immunization Partnership’s staff were thrilled with the outcome and believe the day served its purpose.
“We couldn’t be more thankful for the support we received at Rally Day. We had people get up as early as 5 a.m. to be involved, and we had people travel hundreds of miles on their own to be involved,” Rekha Lakshmanan, director of advocacy and policy, said. “Everyone really showed how much it means to them to protect their community, and I’m sure the law makers saw it. Rally Day was a big hit.”
Rally Day spread the importance of vaccines far beyond the Capitol that day, as nearly a dozen media outlets covered the event, including CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates in Texas. The entire state saw the support and concern of hundreds of Texans, and hopefully realized how big of a threat the anti-vaccine movement is at the moment.
In addition to the rally, nearly 100 people walked the halls of the Capitol going from door to door to personally speak with their legislators in support of vaccines. There are many bills that are scheduled to hit the floor this session, and our hope is that our presence will impact each of them.
However, there is still more that you can do. You can call your legislators and voice your support and/or send emails to voice your support. It is important that we continue to stay active and build on the momentum we have created. With the current measles, mumps and HEP A outbreaks, we have more than enough examples to allude to as to why vaccines are important.
If you missed Rally Day this year, we hope to see you in 2021. Thank you all for your support!