When the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 brought the world to a standstill in 2020, immunisation programmes worldwide were disrupted like almost every other health programme. The disruption was mainly due to the understandable diversion of resources to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic as well as mobility restrictions stopping people from accessing healthcare or health workers reaching out to populations that are marginalised.
Routine immunisation services have witnessed the largest sustained decline in approximately three decades placing 25 million children at risk from vaccine preventable diseases. However, despite unprecedented challenges, unique opportunities exist to strengthen immunisation services and accelerate progress towards Immunisation Agenda 2030 targets.
From April to May 2022, the Gavi CSO Constituency in collaboration with RESULTS UK, UNICEF, Save the Children, USAID’s Momentum Country and Global Leadership, the Geneva Learning Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, hosted a three-part webinar series addressing the risks and opportunities for routine immunisation services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This briefing outlines the key learnings from the series, highlighting specific recommendations for consideration of civil society organisations, donor and implementing governments, and the wider immunisation community. These recommendations are designed to be used as an advocacy resource for all immunisation stakeholders seeking to accelerate progress against Immunisation Agenda 2030 and achieve equitable access to immunisation for all.