Statement by UNICEF Uzbekistan Representative Munir Mammadzade on the end of World Immunization week

30 April 2021
Представитель ЮНИСЕФ получает прививку против COVID-19
UNICEF Uzbekistan/2021

TASHKENT, 30 April 2021 – As World Immunization Week ends, UNICEF congratulates Uzbekistan’s parents and communities for enormous gains made on child immunization at a very high 98% - this is a testament to high education levels of parents,  robust primary health systems, and an inherent trust in the health delivery system.

Now it is important to translate this trust in science and effective health solutions, to COVID-19 vaccination among the country’s adults.

Today I received my first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It was safe, quick, and painless. It was a step to demonstrate my trust in vaccines and my belief in their efficacy and solving the challenges of disease in humanity.

Unless the adults are safe, children are not safe and all the gains made in immunization will unravel, the education system will not recover, and many other services and systems will never mend. Without a massive vaccination against COVID-19 people’s livelihoods are threatened, and at the macro-economic level countries cannot start their pathway to recovery. 

Each of us plays an important role in ending the pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccine is our only way out of the pandemic. Get vaccinated against COVID19, when your turn comes is a decisive move that can save you from the severest forms of COVID-19 sickness.

UNICEF is a long-standing partner on immunisation. Over the last 3 years UNICEF with the support of partners has invested nearly $20 million and continues to support the Ministry of Health in Uzbekistan to strengthen national vaccination and immunization program by construction of vaccine warehouses at national, regional and district level, procurement and installation of cold rooms, freezers and refrigerators and procurement of vehicles for transportation of vaccine and development vaccine logistic management information system. 

Further, UNICEF with the support of GAVI boosted the national immunization programme through a massive 223 vehicles to the Government of Uzbekistan for vaccine safety, supply and delivery, a huge boost, as the country is rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations.

We have assisted the Government of Uzbekistan in the shipment of vaccines against COVID-19. With an initial 660,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine received in March 2021 COVAX allocation of 2,256,000 doses to Uzbekistan that the COVAX Facility will deliver in batches in 2021.

The arrival of the COVAX supplied vaccines contributes to Uzbekistan’s efforts to vaccinate those at high risk of exposure and those who are most vulnerable to developing severe illness from COVID-19. UNICEF is committed to working with the Government of Uzbekistan in its outstanding efforts in ensuring that the most vulnerable are reached.

Ofcourse vaccination should be coupled with adhering to public health measures of masking up, avoiding social gatherings, maintaining physical distance. Only through this can families, communities, and nations can reclaim their recovery.

For more information, please contact: 

Nargiza Egamberdieva

Communication Officer

Phone: +998 93 380 34 19

E-mail: negamberdieva@unicef.org

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Nargiza Egamberdieva
Communication Officer
UNICEF Uzbekistan
Tel: +99893 380 34 19

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