Applying the lessons of polio immunization programs to position women as immunization champions for COVID-19 and other vaccines.
Thursday, 6 May 2021, 10:00-11:15 AM EDT
Gender is one of the most important factors in determining the success of large-scale immunization, particularly for the last mile. This virtual session will review progress and results related to gender sensitivity in major vaccine campaigns, looking at the experience of polio and early indicators from COVID-19. Co-hosted by the United Nations Foundation, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and Permanent Missions of the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom to the UN in New York, the session considers gender from the perspective of both frontline care workers and recipients of vaccines, providing first-hand perspectives and evidence from the field. Permanent Representatives, agency officials, and mission experts are then invited to identify key actions this year to ensure gender-sensitive vaccine work, especially in light of the context of the COVAX facility and the restart of many pandemic-suspended or hindered immunization efforts for other diseases.