Executive Summary

  • From April 20 to 27, 2019, the Region of the Americas celebrated its 17th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) + the 8th World Immunization Week (WIW)
  • The 2019 Regional Slogan was Protect your community. Do your part. #GetVax.”
  • 45 countries + territories participated, vaccinating over 65 million individuals
  • 22 countries administered over 450,000 doses against measles
  • 22 countries protected the achievement of polio eradication, including 3 national campaigns in Cuba, Dominican Republic, + Haiti, administering 1,625,255 doses
  • 19 countries used VWA 2019 to intensify activities of routine national immunization programs, administering multiple antigens to improve coverage by beginning, updating or completing childhood vaccination schedules
  • As in previous years, Brazil executed its massive influenza campaign, successfully vaccinating over 59 million people
  • 13 other countries held influenza campaigns targeting various groups with the “southern hemisphere” formulation of the seasonal vaccine
  • 16 countries utilized VWA as an opportunity to vaccinate adolescents against HPV, applying a total of 1,084,311 doses
  • 16 countries prioritized health care workers + other high-risk occupations
  • 16 countries took special efforts to reach vulnerable populations, including pregnant + postpartum women, older adults, indigenous populations, individuals with chronic disease, sex workers, immigrants, travelers, + border communities
  • 34 countries conducted outreach + social mobilization activities, including press releases, social media, radio, television, health fairs, and parades
  • 19 countries held integrated health interventions in conjunction with VWA 2019, such as: Vitamin A + antiparasitic administration; education on the prevention of mosquito borne illnesses; health screens, including mental health + STIs; basic nursing + dental care; vaccination for pets; promotion of healthy eating habits; cancer awareness
  • 11 countries conducted monitoring + evaluation activities, including the assessment of the public’s confidence + satisfaction with vaccination
  • Since 2003, VWA has vaccinated over 806 million people of all ages

  VWA2019Report e  pdf Final Report