Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of primary health care systems that include preventative health services such as immunization has become increasingly apparent. Engaging the private sector in the delivery of these services can accelerate the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines, address backsliding in immunization programmes, and lay the foundation for future partnerships for immunization services. This checklist tool provides a starting place for governments looking to engage the private sector in their COVID-19 vaccine deployment plans. It is framed around WHO’s governance behaviours for engagement of the private sector: build understanding, align structures, enable stakeholders, nurture trust, foster relations, and deliver strategy.
Should you, as a government policy maker or as someone interested in governance of the private sector roll out of vaccines, be interested in a more detailed guidance, check out this expanded checklist. In addition to action items under each governance behaviour, it provides specific implications for immunization activities as well as diagnostic questions. These should help ensure that you are thinking about the implications of involving the private sector in the vaccine roll out to maximize the capacity of the health system.