The ‘Vaccination is Care’ campaign, aimed at over-65s living in the regions of Armenia was launched last week at the Abovyan medical centre in Kotayk Marz, the first site to be covered by the campaign.
The campaign is being carried out as part of the EU-WHO action to support deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination in Eastern Partnership countries. It is implemented jointly with the Ministry of Health and national partners.
The aim is to highlight the importance of COVID vaccination for people over 65 and make it available for them in polyclinics, outpatient clinics, and community centres nearer to their homes through mobile vaccination groups.
The campaign also offers other essential health services including screening for non-communicable diseases such as anemia and diabetes.
“We have not yet hit our vaccination target for people over the age of 65 and so we believe that this campaign will help move us toward our goal of vaccinating majority of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Deputy Minister of Health Lena Nanushyan.
WHO is actively involved in the national pandemic response in Armenia, supporting the Ministry of Health with various activities made possible thanks to EU funds, including training of healthcare professionals, upgrading public health laboratories, providing personal protective equipment and state-of-the-art biomedical equipment to hospitals, upgrading the cold chain for safe COVID-19 vaccine delivery and the health information system for evidence-based decision making.