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Lesson Unavailability of electronic devices to collect and monitor COVID-19 vaccination data in the Gambia limited the availability of real-time vaccination information
Date 29th July, 2021
Country Gambia
Category Problem
Theme Surveillance data and monitoring
Impact In the Gambia, electronic devices to collect and monitor COVID-19 vaccination data were only available in a single site, and with all other sites using paper-based method. This implies that availability of vaccination data to make important decisions was limited, which has a consequence of introducing delays in understanding the number of doses being consummed, and procurement of additional doses. Moreover, use of paper-based data collection method is likely to introduce errors which may affect all areas of COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
Recommendation The use of electronic data capture (EDC) to monitor COVID-19 vaccination is very important for provision of real-time high volume accruate data which can inform decision making rapidly. It is worth that countries invest in the use of EDC to help scale up their vaccination goals, and provide timely reports and data to their funders and monitors including the World Health Organisation (WHO) for rapid pandemic response.
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