2021 VaxUp Video Contest

Watch the Winning Videos!

The results are in! Join us in congratulating the winners and celebrating every student who participated in the 2021 VaxUp Video contest.

We received 73 submissions from 123 students from 41 schools across Santa Clara County. The videos were viewed over 28,000 times on Instagram and Tik-Tok. Each team of students submitted a 60-second video to empower their peers to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and address vaccine misinformation.  Peer-to-peer messaging continues to be a strong influencer among youth, and social media videos are a popular medium to showcase creativity for issues youth are passionate about.

Winners were announced during a livestream awards ceremony on December 9, 2021. Watch the recorded awards ceremony on Facebook and YouTube. Videos will be featured on social media channels in the coming weeks

Winners 6th-8th Grade Category

1st Place: Timmy and Fred Get the Vax

VaxUp Video 1st Place: "Timmy and Fred Get the Vax" (6th-8th grade)


Created by Shrimath Senthil, Adam Rosas, Ethan Choi, Alex Foisie

Advisor: Sheila Hunter

School: Discovery Charter School Falcon Campus, San Jose


2nd Place: COVID Vaccine Presentation coded!

VaxUp Video 2nd Place: “COVID Vaccine Presentation coded!” (6th through 8th grade) 

Created by Ien Chen

Advisor: Michelle Brown

School: Peterson Middle School, Sunnyvale


3rd Place: SVA Vax Up 2021

2021 VaxUp Video 3rd Place: “SVA Vax Up 2021” (6th-8th grade) 

Created by Sherif Elqursh, Hesan Helal, Amr Ibrahim

Advisor: Mona Nezzar

School: Silicon Valley Academy, Sunnyvale



Winners 9th-12th Grade Category

1st Place: Cool Kids Get Vaccinated!

VaxUp Video 1st Place: “Cool Kids Get Vaccinated!” (9th-12th grade)  

Created by Reya Yeddula

Advisor: Vivien Chern

School: University Preparatory Academy, San Jose


2nd Place: No to Delta

VaxUp Video 2nd Place: "No to Delta" (9th-12th grade) 

Created by Daniel Moghaddam Panah

Advisor: Adrienne Aubry

School: Adrian Wilcox High School, Santa Clara


3rd Place: Let’s Make it a GREAT Year!


Created by Alejandra Blanco, Ana Blanco, Jovannah Uribe, Diana Morante Melendez, Heidi Aguilar

Advisor: Carlos Martinez

School: Cupertino High School, Cupertino


Judges Panel and Prizes

A diverse panel of volunteer judges selected winners for two categories: 6th to 8th graders, and 9th to 12th graders. Cash prizes were awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners: $1,500, $1,000 or $500 for the three top-scoring teams in each grade-level category, plus $500 for the schools with a 1st place winner. Prizes were funded through the VMC Foundation.

Thank you to our volunteer judges:

VaxUp Video Contest 2021 Judges; 6 pictures and names
  • Juju Gaeta, Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley
  • Claribel Chavez, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
  • Mary Ann Dewan, County Superintendent of Schools
  • Patty Cerrato, County of Santa Clara Public Health Immunization Program
  • Oscar David Argüello, Jr., Producer, Google
  • Shonda Ranson, City of Mountain View


About the contest

The deadline for submissions was November 15, 2021. We received over 70 videos! Thank you for your participation. We hope to see you at the virtual awards ceremony.

Empower your peers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Enter the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department’s 2021 VaxUp Video Contest to help address misinformation and normalize COVID-19 vaccines. All 6th to 12th graders who are currently attending school in Santa Clara County can enter the contest. Deadline extended to November 15, 2021.

See contest rules for full details.


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1. Create: 
Create a short video (30 to 60 seconds) about getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Videos can be acted scenes, performance art, music videos, anything!





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2. Post: 
Post your video on Instagram or Tik Tok with the hashtag #sccVaxUpVideo






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3. Submit: (Deadline extended!)
Complete the online application. Faculty advisors must fill out the submission form and provide all signed consent forms for each entry. We have extended the deadline! Submissions will be accepted through November 15, 2021.



Make a Difference

The only way we can get back to the people and activities we enjoy is by getting vaccinated. Many young people are still not vaccinated even though they are eligible. You can be part of the solution.

Unleash your creativity by creating a video that addresses misinformation and encourages youth to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Winning videos will be highlighted on the Public Health Department’s social media channels that reach hundreds of thousands of people.

Visit sccfreevax.org to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and how to get vaccinated. 


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Win a Prize

1st Place: $1,500

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

Plus 1st Place winning advisor’s school receives $500 prize



How to Apply

  1. Each student team member and ALL participants (minors and adults) in the video must submit a signed consent form to the team advisor. Download Consent Forms
  2. Each student and advisor must read the official rules, terms, and conditions for complete contest details. Download Official Rules
  3. Advisors must submit:
    1. One (1) online entry form per team, and
    2. One (1) signed parent/guardian consent form per student.

Complete Entry Form


Spread the Word

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Watch video submissions from past video contests. 


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