New GSK campaign works to raise adult vaccine awareness—and counter COVID-19 slump

Fiercepharma | August 27, 2020

GlaxoSmithKline has a goal when it comes to vaccine awareness: Boost education enough so that when people turn 50, they recognize age-recommended vaccines as automatically as they know it's time to get a colonoscopy.  To work toward that benchmark, the company debuted its first general vaccine awareness campaign in the U.S. this month. The multichannel effort keys in on life moments, with the message that they’re made possible by vaccines. The “Brought to You by Vaccines” campaign includes TV, digital, social media and public relations and will run through mid-2021.

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