A new technological solution, the Vaximate app that promises to improve immunization has been developed by Pfizer group in Nigeria.
Chika Nwankor, a community health expert, disclosed this at a roundtable discussion and media engagement organized by the Vaccine Network for Disease Control and other advocacy groups for vaccine access in Nigeria.
According to the expert, the Vaximate App is a solution developed by the Pfizer group in Nigeria to help ramp up immunization coverage in Nigeria by providing timely alerts for immunization appointments to nursing parents and adults who generally want to know what vaccines they need to protect them against certain disease and where and when they can get them.
The roundtable was organized to commemorate this year’s world immunization week which coincides with the 10th year anniversary of Nigeria’s national vaccine summit in 2012.
Chika Offor, the CEO of the Vaccine Network for Disease Control, noted that the introduction of new technologies was a key action point from the decade-old summit which was also the turning point for Nigeria’s immunization journey, leading to the eradication of the Wild Polio Virus in 2020.
According to her immunization has been a long battle for Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous country
.“Vaximate is an app that reminds one when to go for vaccination, it serves as a reminder when to go and take the vaccine. It is an app and you do not have to be bothered about writing information down. Even though it is still undergoing trial, the idea is really laudable, we really commend Pfizer for the innovation. We are utilizing technology to improve the vaccination process”
Professor Tomori, former Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer University and a special guest at the event commended the initiative saying, “bridging the information gap about vaccines and introducing an immunization assistant such as Vaximate would go a long way to helping increase vaccine uptake and ultimately reduce the burdens of vaccine-preventable diseases in Nigeria.
Stakeholders at the event expressed optimism with the new technology which is to be officially launched in the coming weeks.