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Key COVID-19 Vaccination Insights and Lessons Learned

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Key COVID-19 Vaccination Insights and Lessons Learned

COVID-19 Vaccination Insights and Lessons Learned: Case Studies

USAID and implementing partners around the world responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with rapid efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, particularly through vaccination services.

In these case studies, implementing agencies reflect on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned through COVID-19 vaccination programming as the world looks to better prepare for future emergencies.

Experiences and Lessons Learned from USAID’s Support in Ethiopia

Insights and Implementation Details from UNICEF North Macedonia

Experiences and Lessons Learned from USAID’s Support in Côte d’Ivoire

Integrating COVID-19 Vaccination into Primary Health Care

As the COVID-19 pandemic response has shifted away from emergency status, countries are faced with the challenge of integrating COVID-19 vaccination and other related services into the primary health care (PHC) system.

This report summarizes the results of an interactive workshop that brought together COVID-19 vaccine implementing partners, government representatives, and global/ regional representatives from USAID, UNICEF, and WHO from 11 countries to:

  1. review integration guidance;
  2. assess country readiness for integration;
  3. exchange integration experiences across countries; and
  4. develop integration action plans, including implementation and monitoring.

Report on a Learning Exchange Held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, August 22-24, 2023

Health Workers and COVID-19 Vaccination

The COVID-19 pandemic presented significant challenges for health systems worldwide, as they struggled to allocate limited resources to both routine programs and pandemic-related needs. Health workers were not only a high-priority group for COVID-19 vaccination themselves but they also played a crucial role in administering COVID-19 vaccinations to the general population through mass vaccination campaigns.

Given their prominent role in response efforts, Knowledge SUCCESS conducted an assessment to document lessons learned and effective practices in COVID-19 vaccination of health workers, with a specific focus on Africa. This assessment includes insights from of 38 participants representing 26 USAID-funded COVID-19 implementing partners from 17 countries.

The findings identified contributing factors to vaccine hesitancy among health workers and include lessons learned vaccinating health workers from COVID-19 and their role in vaccinating their clients.

We hope the findings of this assessment will assist COVID-19 vaccine Implementing partners, governments, and institutions in identifying, documenting, and applying lessons learned to inform current and future public health emergencies.

Recommendations and Lessons Learned

Reaching High-Priority Populations with COVID-19 Vaccination

Knowledge SUCCESS hosted an Anglophone Learning Circles workshop in Tanzania in March 2023, followed by a Francophone Learning Circles workshop in Senegal in April 2023.

Using a mix of facilitated plenary and small-group knowledge management activities, this cohort focused on Reaching High Priority Populations with COVID-19 Vaccination.  

Knowledge SUCCESS worked with the USAID COVID Response Team to identify two individuals from implementing partner organizations per country in East, Central, and West Africa to attend the two regional workshops. This Team identified implementing partners as key participants given their experience implementing or managing USAID-funded COVID-19 vaccination efforts among high priority populations. The event aimed to: 

  • Provide practical knowledge regarding COVID-19 vaccine programs; 
  • Strengthen connections among USAID implementing partners and USAID Missions; 
  • Create practical and realistic action plans to address unique challenges faced by participants or to amplify what’s already working well; and 
  • Synthesize lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic that could be applied to future pandemics. 

The reports details the different knowledge management and behavioral science approaches used during sessions to facilitate knowledge exchange and learning among participants, and the key learnings attained as a result. The report also describes action plans that participants and USAID Mission representatives developed to apply the lessons learned from successful COVID-19 vaccine program implementation to challenges that may be faced in future emergencies. 

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Insights from the 2023 Anglophone Africa COVID-19 Learning Circles Cohort

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Insights from the 2023 Francophone Africa COVID-19 Learning Circles Cohort

COVID-19 Vaccination Response & Knowledge Management

Facilitating knowledge exchange and sharing among key stakeholders in COVID-19 vaccine response and vaccination programming