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Issue: 602

3rd December 2021

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Re: How to keep a cold chain cold?

You can already register to the next session of our webinar series on "Temperature Monitoring: Keeping a Cold Chain Cold

Session: Connecting the dots: Using CCE temperature monitoring data to improve cold chain systems and maintenance practices 

Date/time: December 9nd, 15:00 CET

This concluding sessions presents an overarching vision for using the different temperature monitoring systems to strengthen cold chain monitoring and maintenance practices and looks at making best use of available data. It will discuss actions that can be taken to strengthen cold chain monitoring, and the different levers and mechanisms that can be used to achieve this vision. The session will also explore this goal of strengthening use of data to improve cold chain systems in the context of the Gavi 5.0 strategy and ask participants to weigh in on this vision to help shape its implementation.


  • Karan Sagar, GAVI 
  • Michelle Seidel, UNICEF 
  • Souleyman Kone, WHO HQ 

Register here: https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bqbhhwnWTiyx9unI_VJQiw

Géraldine Nemrod


Cold chain equipment




Open session PHISICC: paper-based health information systems are alive!


PHISICC (Paper-based Health Information Systems in Comprehensive Care) is a research programme to address the question: what are the effects of an innovative suite of paper-based tools, implemented in remote, rural, primary health care settings, on health outcomes, data quality, data use and the perceptions of health workers and clients?

The project ran from 2016 to 2021 in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Nigeria, and is funded by the BMGF. In six work streams: we have synthesised the global evidence on health information systems; we have characterised the health information systems in the three countries, using a Human Centred Design approach; we have designed a suite of recording and reporting tools for antenatal care, delivery, postnatal care, vaccination, sick child, general consultation, tuberculosis and HIV (in three languages); and we have tested the tools using randomised controlled trials, comparing 35 health facilities with the new tools with another set of 35 health facilities with the usual tools. In a subset of additional health facilities using the PHISICC tools, we performed qualitative research to understand how the tools were used and perceived.

On the 7th and 8th of December 2021, in Abuja, we are holding a partners and stakeholders workshop with the three countries in order to reach a common interpretation of findings and to discuss the implications.

The workshop will end on the 8th with a SESSION OPEN to everyone who may be interested in the project and the topic. Join us!

Day: 8th December 2021

Time: 17 h (WAT)

Duration: 45 minutes

Zoom link: https://swisstph.zoom.us/s/82117292576 (needs registration, single easy step that will lead you to the session immediately)

Further details: Xavier Bosch-Capblanch – x.b...@unibas.ch

Xavier Bosch-Capblanch


Immunization information systems & coverage monitoring




NEW! COVID-19 VACCINE IMPLEMENTATION JOB AID: Early challenges and locally identified solutions

This new job aid for COVID-19 vaccination implementers was developed as part of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator’s Country Readiness and Delivery (CRaD) workstream. The resource shares common COVID-19 vaccine introduction challenges and corresponding potential solutions. The content is presented in three thematic areas reflecting the most frequently reported subjects: communications and social mobilization; reporting and monitoring; and supply and logistics.

This data was collected through a series of interactive webinars and a survey of country level vaccination workforce across all WHO regions conducted in March 2021. We are grateful to all the immunization professionals who took time to respond to the survey. Locally identified solutions were synthesized from the survey responses submitted by health workers. They are offered in the spirit of facilitating peer-to-peer learning, but do not imply respective endorsement by that nation’s ministry of health. Additional suggestions from global experts have also been incorporated. Persistent gaps in operational solutions are also flagged.

Additional WHO resources are included in the job aid. As countries proceed with further implementation of their COVID-19 programmes, more in-depth lessons will be discovered and shared through WHO-supported intra-action reviews (IARs), COVID-19 post implementation evaluations (cPIES), and other appropriate methods.

Download here or attached: https://www.technet-21.org/media/com_resources/trl/7490/multi_upload/WHO_IVB_Job-aid_261121_SR.pdf 


Anna-Lea Kahn


Service delivery

[Communications] [New vaccine introduction] [COVID-19]</




Webinar #16: COVID-19 Vaccines Impact Modelling - Key Issues to know about Modeled Evidence to Inform Prioritization and Delivery

You can already register to the next  session of the WHO Costing, Budgeting, Financing and Delivery of COVID-19 Vaccines webinar series.

Title of the session: COVID-19 Vaccines Impact Modelling - Key Issues to know about Modeled Evidence to Inform Prioritization and Delivery

Epidemiological modeling has been used to inform policy responses to and public communication regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will describe the global-level processes for reviewing and integrating modeling into WHO COVID-19 vaccination policies and strategies; share findings from recent modeling work on COVID-19 vaccination strategies commissioned to inform WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE); and highlight key considerations for commissioning and using modeling to inform COVID-19 vaccination decision making at regional and national levels. Stakeholders from country Ministries of Health, NITAGs, and partner organizations (country/ regional/ global) who are supporting countries with COVID-19 vaccination rollout and strategies around public health and social measures (PHSMs) are encouraged to join this webinar.

Interpretation into French and Spanish will be available 


When: Wednesday 8th December 12:00 CET


Registration link: https://echo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-laAatzPS1SeSxvJmF-PNg 

Louis Alexandre Whest


Programme management




Updated Summary Tables - WHO Vaccination Recommendations

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to bring to your attention that the Summary Tables of WHO Routine Immunization Recommendations have been updated. The latest versions (November 2021) of the Summary Tables (available in both FRENCH and ENGLISH) can be downloaded from the WHO website (https://www.who.int/teams/immunization-vaccines-and-biologicals/policies/who-recommendations-for-routine-immunization---summary-tables). As these tables are updated regularly, it is always best to go to the website for the most recent version.

I would like to thank Shalini Desai for her help with this task.

This latest revision has been a LARGE one and the main updates include the following:

  1. Polio: Revised to reflect and provide links to the March 2021 (WER9622-eng-fre.pdf (who.int), October 2020 (WER9548-585-607-eng-fre.pdf (who.int) and March 2020 (WER9522-eng-fre.pdf (who.int) SAGE Meeting recommendations (clarifying the bOPV+IPV schedule options)
  1. DTP-containing vaccine: Revised to provide link to the evidence supporting the off-license use of Td vaccine in children 4-7 years of age (Use of tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine in children 4–7 years of age: World Health Organization consultation of experts - ScienceDirect) 
  1. Pneumococcal (Conjugate): Revised to include NEW June 2021 Concept Note on considerations for pneumococcal vaccination in older adults (WER9623-217-228-eng-fre.pdf (who.int) resulting from the evidence review by the WHO SAGE Working Group on Pneumococcal Vaccines and SAGE at its October 2020 meeting (WER9548-585-607-eng-fre.pdf (who.int)
  1. Rotavirus: NEW WHO Position Paper – July 2021 (WER9628-eng-fre.pdf (who.int) (to include recent developments in the field, such as 2 additional rotavirus vaccines prequalified by WHO in 2018, as well as updated post-licensure safety and effectiveness data for the 2 previously prequalified rotavirus vaccines)
  1. Rubella: NEW WHO Position Paper – July 2020 (WER9527-306-324-eng-fre.pdf (who.int)(incorporating the most recent developments in the field of rubella vaccines and updated guidance on their introduction and use in national immunization schedules. Including co-administration of rubella vaccine with yellow fever (YF) vaccine and the WHO position on the control and elimination of rubella)
  1. HPV: Revised to include the October 2019 SAGE Meeting recommendations (WER9447-eng-fre.pdf (who.int) (recommending the following additional strategies: All countries should temporarily pause implementation of boy, older age group (>15 years) and multi-age cohort (MAC) HPV vaccination strategies until vaccine supply allows equitable access to HPV vaccine by all countries. Countries can adopt an extended interval of 3-5 years between the 2 doses. This strategy constitutes off-label use of the vaccine.)
  1. Minor updates to measles, YF, JE (live vaccine co administration (i.e. should be co administered or wait 4 weeks)
  1. Revision of Table 3 footnotes to only include information related to interrupted and delayed schedules.

Just a reminder that a User's Guide to the Summary Tables exists (http://www.who.int/immunization/policy/WHO_EPI_Sum_tables_Def_200713.pdf) and in French (www.who.int/immunization/policy/routine_immunization_table_guidelines_fr.pdf).

This short guide has been developed as a companion piece to help orientate users of the summary tables.

What are the purposes of this guide?

• To raise awareness that the full spectrum of WHO recommendations for routine immunization are available in four summary tables.

• To explain how the summary tables can be used at country level to review and possibly modify a national immunization schedule so that it has greater impact and efficiency.

• To highlight practical and operational issues that country decision-makers should consider when making a change to the national immunization schedule.

Please circulate this message to others who may be interested.  The Summary Tables are intended for use by national immunization managers and key decision-makers, chairs of national advisory committees on immunization, and partner organizations, including industry.

Best regards.


Tracey Goodman


Programme management




Webinar: Cold chain equipment inventory made easy using the Inventory and Gap Analysis application

The WHO is launching the new web-based and mobile-based equipment Inventory and Gap Analysis (IGA) application. Join us in a webinar to learn how this application can ease up the burden of maintaining an updated cold chain equipment inventory and generate reports to identify where there are capacity gaps. This session will introduce you to the different functionalities of IGA and will provide an opportunity to learn from the experiences of current users.

The webinar will be held on 15th December at 10:00 AM Geneva time (CET). 

Please use this link to register: https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dX6gmRtdTIm_54T-oFIhJw 

We look forward to your participation! 


WHO/EPI, Vaccine Supply Chain and Logistics Team

Maricel CASTRO


Cold chain equipment

[Vaccine management] [Cold room / freezer room] [Equipment and supplies] [Mobile data collection]</




Re: How to keep a cold chain cold?

The recording and presentation of our webinar session: RTMDs: How to get the most out of your real-time temperature monitoring data, are now available: 

 •Recording: https://youtu.be/nm_XSwr5e5Y

 •Presentation slides: https://www.technet-21.org/media/com_resources/trl/7476/multi_upload/TechNet-RTMDs_Howtogetthemostoutofyourreal-timetemperaturemonitoringdata_25.11.2021-Final.pdf

You will find all presentation slides and recordings from all sessions of this webinar series on our dedicated page:


Géraldine Nemrod


Cold chain equipment






New resources


Introduction à la stratégie nationale de vaccination (SNV)

Author: Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS)

Published: 2021

Link: View


COVID-19 vaccine implementation job aid: Early challenges and locally identified solutions

Author: World Health Organization

Published: 2021

Link: View


Annex B01. Comparison of measles and rubella IgM EIA kits

Author: Mick N. Mulders

Published: 2020

Link: View


Annex A04. Dried blood spot (DBS) protocols

Author: Mick N. Mulders

Published: 2020

Link: View


Annex B12.2a. Invitrogen Real Time PCR Template: Rubella

Author: Mick N. Mulders

Published: 2020

Link: View


Annex B11.2A. Invitrogen Real Time PCR Template

Author: Mick N. Mulders

Published: 2020

Link: View




Upcoming events



WHO COSTING, BUDGETING, FINANCING AND DELIVERY OF COVID-19 VACCINES - COVID-19 Vaccines Impact Modelling - Key Issues to know about Modeled Evidence to Inform Prioritization and Delivery


08th Dec 2021 11:00AM - 08th Dec 2021 11:00AM



Connecting Through Emotional Appeals: Designing Persuasive Social Media Campaigns for Vaccine Confidence


09th Dec 2021 1:00PM - 09th Dec 2021 2:00PM



Connecting the dots: Using CCE temperature monitoring data to improve cold chain systems and maintenance practices


09th Dec 2021 2:00PM - 09th Dec 2021 3:00PM



Latest jobs


Regional Training Consultant - JSI, South Sudan

Organization: JSI

Location: South Sudan

Deadline: 10 December 2021

Website: View

Assistant Public Health Officer (Cluster Consultant, Surveillance/Immunization) - NOB/SSA Roster - WHO, Nigeria

Organization: WHO

Location: Nigeria

Deadline: 09 December 2021

Website: View

Public Health Officer (Polio/Immunization & Surveillance) - NOC/SSA Roster - WHO, Nigeria

Organization: WHO

Location: Nigeria

Deadline: 09 December 2021

Website: View

Senior Manager, HSIS Policies & Programmes - Gavi, Switzerland

Organization: Gavi

Location: Switzerland

Deadline: 14 December 2021

Website: View

Consultant, COVID-19 vaccination preparedness and response plan - WHO, Bangladesh

Organization: WHO

Location: Bangladesh

Deadline: 10 December 2021

Website: View


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