PIVI’s Work with Armenia
Armenia joined PIVI in 2015. Healthcare personnel, military personnel, the elderly, and children in orphanages have been Armenia’s target groups for influenza vaccination. Armenia’s National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention worked with PIVI to distribute 60,000 vaccines in fewer than seven weeks. Because of this short timeframe, 30,000 doses were distributed to the military, 5,000 doses were donated for residents of a specific region, and 25,000 doses were distributed to high-risk groups in the general population: children, healthcare workers and the elderly. 98.9% of the 25,000 vaccines were administered, and a very high percentage of healthcare workers received vaccine. Armenia will receive an additional 60,000 doses in 2017, and will prioritize children in the upcoming campaign.
The country completed a series of focus groups among targeted populations. The results of those discussions are developing into vaccine education curriculum and communications campaigns raising awareness of influenza illness, vaccine planned vaccination campaigns.