UNICEF continues organizing information sessions on COVID-19 vaccination among religious and community leaders in Adjara
Batumi, Georgia, 21 June 2021 – Up to 50 Muslim Imams and theologists from the Adjara region, including the Mufti of Western Georgia, participated in the information session on COVID-19 vaccination organized by UNICEF in partnership with the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of Adjara. The session was led by the prominent doctors and public health experts and aimed at informing the local community leaders about the latest updates on the national immunization programmes and COVID-19 vaccination.
General immunization trends in Georgia and situation with vaccine-preventable diseases; COVID-19 in Georgia and the global trends, risks and preventive measures; importance of immunization and COVID-19 complications among children, vaccination of the patients with chronic heart and respiratory system conditions – were among the topics discussed at the meeting organized in partnership with the Administration of All Muslims of Georgia. After the info session, religious leaders were invited to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at a local clinic in Batumi.
The session was facilitated by prominent medical experts: Bidzina Kulumbegov, Medical Doctor at Center of Allergy and Immunology; Ivane Chkhaidze, Chair of the Pediatric Department at Tbilisi State Medical University; Zviad Kipiani, Head of Cardiology Department and President of Georgian Heart Failure Association; and Khatuna Zakhashvili, Head of the Department of Communicable Diseases of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health. The opening remarks at the meeting were delivered by UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Dr. Ghassan Khalil.
"Vaccination is one of the most effective ways for getting back to normal." - Ghassan Khalil
“UNICEF has a strong partnership with Muslim religious leaders in Adjara and their support in spreading correct information about COVID-19 vaccination is crucial”, said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “We organized similar sessions with Orthodox Christian leaders, teachers, doctors, media in different parts of Georgia and we were glad to see that after our sessions people were getting their vaccination. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways for getting back to normal and UNICEF continues supporting the National Centre of Disease Control and the Ministry of Health in implementing the COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Programme”, Khalil added.
As part of the visit to Adjara, a similar info session was also conducted for the local community leaders – representatives of fields of culture and sports.
UNICEF has been supporting the Government in shielding children and families from the immediate and long-term consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. The work has combined the immediate response to the outbreak, including measures to prevent transmission, with long-term measures to safeguard the services that are crucial for the healthy and happy development of every child.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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