World Immunisation Week runs from 24 to 30 April 2022, promoting the use of immunisations to protect people of all ages against disease. The theme this year is ‘Long life for all’, a message that aims to unify people around the idea that vaccines make it possible to live a long, healthy life.
The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that this year’s campaign comes at an especially critical time as COVID-19 has disrupted essential health services, including routine immunisation, setting back progress by more than a decade. Millions of people have not been vaccinated during the global pandemic, leaving them at risk of disease and making it urgent to catch-up and reach those who have been missed.
In addition, the WHO European Region will celebrate European Immunisation Week, which as in previous years overlaps World Immunisation Week, running this year from 24 to 30 April. The theme of European Immunisation Week also reflects that of World Immunisation Week, aiming to reinforce the importance of equitable and expanded access to vaccines, to contribute to a long and healthy life for everyone.
Further information on World Immunisation Week and European Immunisation Week can be found on their respective WHO websites. Information for health professionals about vaccination practice can be found on the TRAVAX website.