#MedSafetyWeek 2021 

#MedSafetyWeek 1-7 November 2021
 

The HPRA will take part in the sixth annual #MedSafetyWeek, a global week-long social media campaign taking place from 1 - 7 November 2021. 

The #MedSafetyWeek campaign is a global initiative led by the Uppsala Monitoring Centre (UMC) – the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring. 64 medicine regulatory authorities across the world, including the HPRA, will take part.

#MedSafetyWeek is designed to raise awareness of the importance of reporting side effects from medicines. In 2021, the campaign will focus on the importance of reporting side effects from vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines. As with all medicines, side effects can happen. Side effects are not experienced by everyone and the majority of side effects are mild or moderate. Regulators such as the HPRA rely on the reporting of suspected side effects to monitor the safety of vaccines.

Support #MedSafetyWeek - share our social media posts

From 1 - 7 November, we will share #MedSafetyWeek campaign content on the HPRA Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts. You can support the important health message of the campaign by sharing and liking the content on our social media accounts.

The campaign primarily consists of three videos, which aim to:

  1. Video #1 - Encourages members of the public to report side effects 

  2. Video #2 - Encourages healthcare professionals to report side effects

  3. Video #3 - Outlines what happens to side effect reports and why it’s important to report to us

Share materials on your social media accounts

If you wish, you are welcome to download the campaign videos and graphics in order to share them directly on your own social media accounts. 

Download campaign videos 

To download the videos, click on the links above for videos #1 to #3. When a video opens, right-click and select 'Save video as'. Save the file to your computer. 

Download social media graphics 

You can also download #MedSafetyWeek graphics, including social media banners and other images, to use on your own social media accounts. An image for email signatures is also available to use from 1-7 November.

Hashtags and links 

Please help to support the reach and effectiveness of the campaign by including the following in your posts: 

Campaign start date - Monday 1 November 2021

Important: Please do not share the campaign materials until the campaign begins worldwide on Monday 1 November.    

Contact us 

If you have any queries on the above, please email communications@hpra.ie

  • Tag us (@TheHPRA) and use the link https://www.hpra.ie/report to direct users to the HPRA webpage for reporting a side effect. 

  • Use the hashtag #MedSafetyWeek. 

  • Tag us (@TheHPRA) and use the link https://www.hpra.ie/report to direct users to the HPRA webpage for reporting a side effect. 

  • Use the hashtag #MedSafetyWeek.