DHIS2 COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Toolkit

The DHIS2 toolkit for COVID-19 vaccine delivery expands field-tested designs and tools from the WHO DHIS2 immunization data toolkit to enable countries to rapidly update existing systems to support the equitable delivery of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines at scale. Our focus is on integrating digital solutions for COVID-19 vaccine delivery into national DHIS2-based immunization systems and strengthening these systems for sustainable impact across all aspects of vaccine preventable disease interventions.

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DHIS2 is well-established as a health information management system for both immunization programmes and COVID-19 response: More than 45 countries already use DHIS2 as the information backbone of their national immunization programs, including 30 that have installed modules from the WHO DHIS2 Immunization Toolkit, and 36 countries rapidly deployed DHIS2 for COVID-19 surveillance.

Using DHIS2 for COVID-19 vaccine delivery allows countries to build upon existing software, incorporate global data standards, introduce fit-for-purpose solutions and leverage local and regional expertise for national roll-out. Watch our webinar to learn more (view slides):

Operationalizing WHO guidance with the DHIS2 toolkit

The DHIS2 toolkit is intended to help countries operationalize the WHO Guidance on National Deployment and Vaccination Planning with a range of field-validated digital solutions that can be deployed in a modular way depending on local context.

WHO Guidance for COVID-19 Delivery DHIS2 Tools
Measure uptake, coverage & equitable distribution over time, by geography and across risk groups WHO EPI module expanded for COVID-19 vaccine data for routine facility data on vaccination utilization, wastage, cold chain & outreach data
Supply chain readiness & traceability of vaccines down to points of service delivery Facility & last-mile logistics data module: WHO approved health logistics metadata with barcode/QR scanning capabilities
Ensure that individuals can be monitored for the full course of multi-dose regimen Immunization eRegistry for longitudinal tracking & follow up of individuals
Provide a personal vaccination record/certificate Electronic Health Certificates linked with Immunization eRegistry and integration with digital vaccination cards
Multiple distribution strategies; novel & innovative distribution approaches Mass campaigns & supplemental immunization activities monitoring adapted for COVID-19 distribution strategies
Vaccine safety monitoring Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) Tracker: WHO approved module for strengthening vaccine safety surveillance

Take advantage of cross-cutting tools available through DHIS2

In addition to the COVID vaccine delivery toolkit elements listed above, all DHIS2 implementations take advantage of several key features of the core software platform.

  • Mobile data capture and frontline health worker support: All digital solutions can be deployed for offline data collection through the DHIS2 Android Capture App. Natively integrated with DHIS2, the app is already deployed in 33+ countries. Supports frontline worker task planning and features like barcode/QR scanning.
  • Integrated analytics & dashboards: Supporting data analysis and use at all levels of the health system through built-in analytics tools and data exchange support. Integrated data systems enable seamless analysis across logistics, service delivery and surveillance interventions. Configurable privacy and security settings. 
  • Interoperability: Robust interoperability support through a well-documented API and adherence to relevant standards, enabling interoperability with most major software vendors (OpenSRP, CommCare, ODK and OpenMRS, etc.), with several existing integrations already deployed with the support of HISP groups.
  • Target populations: Flexible denominator support through disaggregation across geographic levels and risk groups makes it easy to add population data estimates.
  • Master facility List: In many countries, DHIS2 serves as the de facto MFL. Any software integration will benefit from the established health geographic structure.

Get support for deploying the DHIS2 toolkit

Are you interested in using DHIS2 for COVID-19 vaccine delivery? Connect with our global community of DHIS2 experts on the Community of Practice, or contact us at covid@dhis2.org