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Influenza Health Worker Vaccination Programmes: Platforms for Pandemic Preparedness

WEBWIRE– Saturday, March 30, 2024

WHO advises that HWs be immunized versus a variety of antigens([i]. Worldwide, nations have actually most often reported immunizing HWs versus liver disease B, seasonal influenza and measles([ii]. In specific, the COVID-19 pandemic has actually drawn worldwide attention to the value of immunizing health and employees (HWs). Nations are revealing interest in structure from their experiences releasing COVID-19 vaccination to establish or enhance nationwide HW vaccination programs.[/i]

WHO head office, local, and nation workplaces have actually worked carefully with ministries of health to record examples from Argentina, Mongolia, Oman, Paraguay and Thailand. These vignettes offer illuminating pictures of nationwide HW vaccination programs and have actually been released here: Influenza health employee vaccination programs: platforms for pandemic readiness

This brand-new publication files nations experiences leveraging HW vaccination for seasonal influenza and other vaccine-preventable illness to support COVID-19 vaccine intro. In addition, it offers insight into the structure, inspirations, and worth of the HW vaccination programs. A quick summary of essential styles determined in the 5 nation vignettes consist of:

Legal basis: In Argentina, the intro of a nationwide legal structure for health employee vaccination was an essential enabler of seasonal influenza vaccination and supported COVID-19 vaccine intro.
Neighborhood buy-in: In Mongolia, HWs are essential chauffeurs of seasonal influenza vaccination uptake, as they can interact the value and security of yearly seasonal influenza vaccination to their clients. HWs are important champs of influenza vaccination who motivate uptake of seasonal influenza vaccines (and COVID-19 vaccines) by other target populations.
Push: Oman has a seasonal influenza vaccination program objective of accomplishing and keeping a minimum of 95% protection amongst high-risk groups. HW vaccination versus seasonal influenza is voluntary. Non-vaccinated HWs are needed to sign a rejection type, moved to noncritical care functions, and should utilize their yearly leave rather of their ill leave if they end up being ill with influenza.
All the time, all night shipment: In Paraguay, health organizations have a vaccinator and an immunization program supervisor who are accountable for examining the vaccination status of HWs, promoting uptake of the vaccines and offering vaccination. Vaccination is offered to both day and night shifts to allow gain access to for all HWs.
Pandemic readiness: In Thailand, utilizing existing influenza vaccine management methods and structures made it possible for the nation to rapidly reach high protection rates for COVID-19 vaccination as quickly as the COVID-19 vaccine supply sufficed.



[i]Table 4: Summary of WHO position documents immunization of healthcare employees. In: WHO/Publications [website]Geneva: World Health Organization (, accessed 30 August 2023).

[ii]Young S, Goldin S, Dumolard L, Shendale S, McMurren B, Maltezou HC et al. National vaccination policies for health employees a cross-sectional international summary. Vaccine. 2023 Jun 13: S0264-410X( 23 )00518-2 (, accessed 30 August 2023).

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