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Haiti – Health: The PCV13 vaccine for babies, now available for free

Haiti – Health: The PCV13 vaccine for babies, now available for free

Haiti – Health: The PCV13 vaccine for babies, now available for free Monday at the Marriott Hotel, the US Ambassador to Haiti Michèle Jeanne Sison participated with the Minister of Health Greta Roy Clement at the launch of the PCV13 pneumococcal vaccine , required for babies to protect them against pneumonia, meningitis, sinusitis, otitis and septicemia …

Divided into three doses, the vaccine should be administered to the baby before 11 months of age. The first dose at one and a half months (during the 6th week), the second at two and a half months (during the 10th week), the last at three and a half months (during the 14th week).

Minister Clément recalled that this vaccine was already present in Haiti for several years, but that it was only available to parents who could pay 5,000 gourdes or more to get it, announcing « From now on, October 29, 2018 it is available free to all babies on the national territory.  »

Ambassador Sion congratulated the Government of Haiti for assuming its $ 1.2 million co-financing responsibility and urged it to continue to include increased national funding for health. For its part, Homero Hermandez, representative of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) informs that GAVI will co-finance this vaccine for $ 2.1 million.

Note that the launch of this vaccine is due to collaboration between the Ministry of Public Health, the VAVA Alliance, GAVI, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), UNICEF and the US Government, among other key partners .

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