VWA concludes Saturday as preps get underway for Vaccination Open House in May and June

L to R: Maria Henry (section head); Anousjka Yngard-Dompig (support officer) and from the organizing committee VWA Ivanca Woodley-Sterling RN; Shardina Blomont-Frederick RN VWA 2017 chair of the committee, minister Emil Lee, Claudia Yhan LPN; Lesa Mercurius RN; Lin Wilkie RN and Dr. Virginia Asin-Oostburg (Department head CPS). Not in picture is acting Section head Youth Health Care Suzianne Duzong-Davis RN. (Photo credits: DCOMM).


GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) which kicked off onSaturday, April 22, concludes on Saturday, April 29.

VWA did not go un-noticed in Sint Maarten, as Minister of Public Health Emil Lee received promotional materials from the local VWA Committee to signify the support of the country with the annual VWA campaign.

Sint Maarten will start with its own vaccination campaign that will be organized in May and June.  The first Open House is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 followed by another one on Saturday, June 10.

Vaccines help your immune system fight more than 20 dangerous diseases.  From the time we’re born, vaccines offer protection to help individuals stay healthy throughout their entire lives.

This is the 15th year that VWA has been organized.  It was held under the theme: #GetVax to celebrate a healthy tomorrow!

World Immunization Week commenced on April 24 and concludes on April 30.  It aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, commends the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) with respect to its annual initiative in the Americas that concludes on April 29 as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) for the recent gains in immunization coverage.

VWA is an extraordinary effort led by the countries and territories of the Americas to advance equity and access to vaccination.

The Region of the Americas became the first to eliminate rubella, a contagious viral disease that can cause multiple birth defects as well as fetal death when contracted by women during pregnancy.

CPS points out that much progress has been made globally to increase immunization coverage, adding that it’s very important to get children vaccinated so they can grow up healthy and strong.