Malawi making strides in vaccine administration

Administration of vaccines to children in Malawi is improving, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Malawi has said.

The comment has come as Malawi joined the global community in commemorating the World Immunization week which started on 24 March and ended on 30 March.

Speaking to YFM UNICEF Malawi’s health specialist Steve Macheso said the week is important because it enables them to reach out to unimmunized children missed in the routine immunization program.

“During this week we do sensitization on the importance of vaccinating children and this assists in reminding health workers to prioritize the exercise.”

Macheso said Malawi is on track in the provision of different vaccines to children and 2019 is one of the best years in terms of vaccine coverage.

Among the key interventions that have assisted in the scaling up of vaccine services for children where at least 80%of the children in Malawi are reached are the outreach clinics.

However there are fears that the covid 19 pandemic will affect the administration of vaccines because health workers are heavily involved in this but there is a contingency plan to make sure all children that will not be vaccinated this period are reached .

The theme for this year’s World Immunization Week was “Vaccines work for all”.

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