Partnering with Armenia’s National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, PIVI has distributed thousands of vaccines to Armenia’s target groups. Armenia is a recipient of a vaccine policy development cooperative agreement with CDC, facilitating complementary technical work to support the expansion of their vaccination program and to develop a formal national vaccination policy. In 2017, Armenia held a NITAG training to strengthen its immunization policy shaping.
Feedback from focus groups among targeted populations helped to create messages used in communication and awareness raising campaigns. Armenia has seen an increase in vaccination levels across all target groups. Since joining PIVI, Armenia added pregnant women, children five years and younger, and people with medical conditions as target groups for seasonal influenza vaccination, achieving high coverage rates in recent campaigns. Training tailored to journalists and over 35,000 healthcare workers has been vital to Armenia’s success.