National Workshop on Vaccine Deployment

National Workshop on Vaccine Deployment ūüóď


February 27, 2023


March 3, 2023


La Paz, Bolivia‚Äč   View map


Flu pandemics are recurring events that pose a major threat to global health security due to their unpredictability and potentially devastating consequences for health and economies around the world. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the 2009 H1N1 influenza A pandemic, revealed best practices and gaps in pandemic preparedness activities, including in areas of pandemic vaccine deployment and public acceptance of vaccination. Ensuring effective and efficient deployment of pandemic supplies, including vaccines, is particularly critical, as vaccination is often the main intervention to reduce disease-associated morbidity and mortality. Delays or failure to ensure availability, access, and distribution of pandemic vaccines can have dire consequences for populations in need.

As part of its capacity building efforts in this area, WHO is supporting the development and regular review of global and national plans for the deployment of pandemic products, which are critical documents needed to access WHO-assured vaccine. The response efforts to COVID-19 are an optimal space to now involve countries in the adaptation and development of national deployment and vaccination plans for respiratory viruses.



  • Carry out the pandemic influenza vaccine mobilization table simulation exercise.
  • Identify the lessons learned about the deployment and vaccination against influenza and covid-19 in Bolivia.
  • Create a roadmap to update the national deployment and vaccination plan against pandemic influenza and other respiratory viruses.


Expected results:

  • To obtain a greater understanding of the importance of vaccine rollout planning, including essential components of national rollout and vaccination plans against pandemic influenza and other respiratory viruses;
  • To move forward with the draft of the Bolivian National Deployment and Vaccination Plan against pandemic influenza and other respiratory viruses and define the steps to finalize it and address the activities identified to strengthen preparedness;
  • To identify best practices from the COVID-19 experience, to achieve readiness in the various areas of deployment (for example, regulatory capacity, human resources and security, supply chain management, etc.):
  • To become familiar with WHO tools to support the development and updating of national deployment and vaccination plans for pandemic influenza and other respiratory viruses.


Work methodology:

The workshop will include a tabletop exercise (game), educational presentations and group work activities that will allow participants to identify weaknesses in vaccine deployment planning and the application of tools to enable the revision or development of Bolivia’s NDVP; and subsequently based on the lessons identified and the forthcoming WHO Guidance on Developing and Implementing a National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for Vaccines Against Pandemic Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses with Pandemic Potential, the country may develop a route to update your national deployment and vaccination plan against pandemic influenza and other respiratory viruses.






The participation of representatives of the national level is anticipated with a maximum of approximately 75 professionals responsible for:

  • pandemic coordination and response and emergency operation center (incident managers) and their counterparts;
  • the preparation and response to pandemics of the Ministry of Health and other government agencies;
  • the national Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI);
  • logistics and vaccination operations, including supply chain specialists, customs clearance;
  • the National Regulatory Authority or National Medicines Agency to support national pandemic preparedness and response activities as key partners (eg international organizations, civil society and NGOs)



  • Day 1¬† ¬†
09:00 ‚Äď 09:30¬† Sign in¬† ¬†
09:30 ‚Äď 09:45¬† Welcome and opening remarks

Goals and expected results

Administrative provisions

PWR Bolivia 
09:45-10:15  PIP framework and pandemic preparedness activities OPS 
10:15-10:45  Why planning for the pandemic flu deployment now? OMS 
10:45-11:15  Group photo and coffee break  
11:15 ‚Äď 12:45¬† Response experience to the COVID-19 pandemic in Bolivia Bolivia¬†¬†
12:45-13-45  Lunch  
13:45‚Äď 14:00¬† Pandemic Influenza: Leveraging Seasonal Influenza Knowledge and Infrastructure OPS¬†
14:00- 14:15   Influenza and OVR epidemiological surveillance situation Bolivia  
14:15 ‚Äď 14:45¬† Regulatory pathways and capacity building for pandemic vaccine deployment ¬†
14:45- 15:15  Active and passive surveillance: ESAVI capture  
15:15-15:45  Coffee break  
15:45-16:15  Vaccine acceptance РRisk communication, community resilience, infodemic management and scientific communication  
16:15-16:30  Closing  








  • DAY 2
9:00 ‚Äď 09:15¬† Resumen del d√≠a 1 y apertura del d√≠a 2¬†
09:15-09:30¬† Introducci√≥n al ejercicio de mesa ‚ÄúJuego de despliegue de vacunas‚Ä̬†
09:15-10:30  Misión 1: Plan Nacional de Despliegue y Vacunación (PNDV) 
10:30-10:45  Pausa café 
10:45-12:00  Misión 2: Planificación legal y regulatoria 
12:00-12:15  Misión 3: Aceptación de la vacuna РComunicación de riesgos, resiliencia comunitaria, gestión infodemia y comunicación científica   
12:15-13:15  Lunch 
13:15-14:00  Misión 3: Aceptación de la vacuna РComunicación de riesgos, resiliencia comunitaria, gestión infodemia y comunicación científica   
14:00-15:00  Misión 4: Suministro y cadena y gestión de residuos 
15:00-15:15  Coffe Break
15:15-16:10  Misión 5: Sistema de vigilancia y gestión posterior al despliegue 
16:10-17:00  Discusión y análisis  
17:00-17:15  Closing
  • Day 3
9:00 ‚Äď 09:05¬† Resumen del d√≠a 2 y apertura del d√≠a 3¬†
9:05-10:00  Próximos pasos: hoja de ruta para la actualización del plan nacional de despliegue y vacunación contra influenza pandémica y otros virus respiratorios 
10:00-10:30  Coffe break
10:30-12:00  Presentaciones grupales de brechas y próximos pasos 
12:00-12:30  Resumen y conclusiones 

Conclusión y próximos pasos 

12:30-13:30  Lunch
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