Funding Sources for Mass Vaccination Sites: Options and Opportunities

Key Takeaways from Dr. Mirza

  • Rather than convert a site for mass vaccination, countries should consider partnering with a private entity with the infrastructure to set up a site. “You don’t have to construct a new building,” Mirza said.
  • They should try to establish a site in an urban residential area, rather than a rural area; if not arrange for transportation.
  • But one size does not fit all; delivery strategies will need to be adapted based on population demographics, resources, risk profiles, vaccine availability and other factors.
  • Make plans before vaccines arrive and make special efforts not to mix vaccine types.
  • Scheduling shots should take into account the time it takes to sanitize patient areas.
  • If vaccinating a huge number of people, secure appropriate storage on site. The vaccine stock must be adequate for a period of time, so as to avoid turning away people if supplies run out. If this happens, it’s likely those people will not return.
  • Bring a sufficient number of vaccinators — just a few people will be inadequate. Have both technical and support staff.
  • A one-day training session will not be enough. Plan to have multiple trainings.
  • Sites should remain open for at least six weeks for first and second shots. It’s better to allow people to receive both doses at the same site.
  • If vaccination rates rise above 70 percent in a region, then sites can be closed down as health centers may be able to handle the remaining demand.

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