BAHRAIN will join other countries in marking World Immunisation Week 2023 with a number of activities and programmes.The week, celebrated in the last week of April, from today until Sunday, aims to highlight the collective action needed to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases.Under the theme of ‘The Big Catch-Up’, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with partners to accelerate rapid progress in countries to get back on track to ensure more people, particularly children, are protected from preventable diseases.

“Vaccinations are significant in protecting human lives and Bahrain is a pioneer in immunisation rates and safe jabs with the Covid-19 pandemic being the closest example,” said the Health Ministry in a statement yesterday.“Bahrain in November celebrated being clear from measles and measles-mumps-rubella, which show where the country stands in providing protection to people of all ages.“There are numerous activities and programmes planned over the week across the country to raise awareness about continued immunisation.”

The goal of World Immunisation Week is for more children, adults – and their communities – to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, allowing them to live happier, healthier lives.The WHO announced on its website: “2023 is our global opportunity to catch up on lost progress in essential immunisation. We need to reach the millions of children who missed out on vaccines, restore essential immunisation coverage to at least 2019 levels, strengthen primary health care to deliver immunisation and build lasting protection in communities and countries.”

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