This week the joint WHO-UNICEF-CHIC implementation support guide, The role of community health workers in COVID-19 vaccination, is published. The document is intended to support national governments in developing their national deployment and vaccination plans for COVID-19 vaccines by outlining the roles, needs and opportunities for community health workers to contribute.

It builds on and is structured to align with the Guidance on developing a national deployment and vaccination plan for COVID-19 vaccines and the COVID-19 Vaccine Introduction Readiness Assessment Tool (VIRAT/VRAF 2.0) developed by WHO and UNICEF. This document provides human resources for health options and considerations for national governments in developing robust NDVPs for the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine(s) that leverage community-based resources.
Please share widely with your networks. We will update the document as new evidence becomes available, so we also look to you to help us understand examples and evidence of CHWs in action globally.

On 5 May, with morning and afternoon options, WHO Health Workforce is launching its Action Series on human resources for health in COVID-19. Guided by the interconnected themes of the International Year of Health and Care Workers – Protect. Invest. Together. – Episode 1 will focus on Protect. Experts from ministries of health, academia, CSOs, labour unions and international organizations will explore lessons learnt on the multidimensional issues: PPE, infection prevention and control, occupational health and safety, mental health resources, fair and decent working conditions, gender transformative action, work organization and more. There will be complementary, equivalent sessions in the morning and afternoon to accommodate different time zones and speaker availability…Readmore

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