Statement by PAHO/WHO Country Program Specialist on Vaccination Week 2020

The Pan American Health Organization joins with the Region of the Americas to celebrate the 18th anniversary of Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA), from April 25th to May 2nd under the slogan “Love. Trust. Protect. #GetVax.” The 9th World Immunization Week (WIW) will be celebrated April 24-30.

The celebration of this year’s Vaccination Week in the Americas is being convened in an unusual and very difficult epidemiological context. While we have a challenging task ahead of us to deal with COVID-19, we must take a moment to recognize that many other dangerous diseases can be prevented through immunization.

Some of the diseases that vaccines prevent are seasonal Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, BCG and Cervical Cancer. Hence, immunization is considered an essential service that must be ensured during the pandemic.

PAHO recommends that countries pay special attention to vaccination against influenza to protect vulnerable populations including older adults, people living in nursing homes or asylums, people with non-communicable diseases, and health care workers. We cannot afford to lose the success gained through strong vaccination programs and the contribution it has made to healthy and productive nations.

Vaccines not only keep populations healthier but also reduce the burden on the health systems, thus allowing them to focus on other areas including the response to COVID-19 which is presently affecting countries.

This year’s vaccination campaign brings to mind the love people have for their children, themselves, and their communities and the trust in vaccines’ ability to save lives and the protection they provide for everyone everywhere.

We must also remember to salute the Health Care workers who continue to labour in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic. PAHO encouraged countries earlier this year to focus and recognize the work of the Nurse Midwife.

So as Vaccination Week in the Americas is being celebrated we must thank the nurses for their work, more specifically through the attainment of high vaccination coverage. Dominica continues to maintain an over 95 % vaccination coverage for diseases covered by the expanded program in immunization. They also continue to encourage access for booster vaccinations.

I beg of you to maintain your appointments. If you are ill or cannot attend for one reason or another call and adjust your appointment with your health care provider.

Please remember vaccines save lives …. Love… trust …. Protect …. Get VAX!

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2 Comments

  1. 72nationsshallallbowuntoHIM
    April 30, 2020

    Vaccines have been linked to Autism in children and other health complications. Ive heard stroeis about this new vaccine for COVID being developed by people like Bill Gates who the WHO have supported wil include micro chips. The new world order is in full effect. I personally do not want any vaccines. Its been suggested, that with the media, the numbers of cases have been misinfomred, creating a bigger sense of fear than what is really the case. the intention is to make vaccines mandatory for everyone as a result of the fear factor. Creating the notion that if you do not get vaccinated, that you should be “dealt with” as you are endangering the lives of everyone. I do not want any vaccine. And i would advise you not to either. Do your research, se what these vaccines are made of, the studies that have been done, listen to testimonials of people who have been affected because of vaccines. dont let these organisations that are funded by the same people who want population control fool…

  2. out of south city
    April 29, 2020

    “Vaccines are Dangerous,” by Curtis Cost and “Aids, USA Germs Warfare at its Best with Documents and Proof” by Jack Felder
    Be wise, my people and don’t fall for anything that will cost you pre-mature death.

    PEACE

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