On the International Day of Older Persons, the World Health Organization on Friday called for greater efforts to expand COVID-19 vaccination coverage among older populations in the Southeast Asian region who are more vulnerable to the virus. and remain at highest risk of serious diseases. .
“The older population remains highly vulnerable in the ongoing pandemic. Protecting them from the deadly COVID-19 virus should be our priority.
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for the WHO South-East Asia Region, said in a statement, “By vaccinating the elderly population as part of high-risk groups, countries can effectively reduce deaths and hospitalizations.” “
Noting that some countries are making progress towards appropriate coverage of their elderly population, he stressed that concerted and focused efforts are needed to improve coverage of the elderly in all countries of the region to protect these vulnerable populations. Will be
As countries further accelerate COVID-19 vaccination, they should closely look at and address all issues affecting access to these life-saving vaccines for this highest-risk population, she said.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing serious illness and death. He said protecting the most at-risk populations would not only help reduce the burden of disease, but would also limit the impact on health systems.
“Throughout the response to COVID-19, we must continue to protect and enhance the health and well-being of older people, including by ensuring they have access to essential health services,” he said.
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Major innovations in telemedicine, m-health and e-health initiatives – catalyzed or expanded by the pandemic – should be accessible to all older people. Such innovations should end the pandemic, accelerating sector-wide efforts to achieve universal health coverage, the statement said.
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