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Jos Vandelaer

Title Chief of Immunization, Programme Division
Organization UNICEF

Dr. Jos Vandelaer is the Chief of UNICEF’s global Immunization program, based in New York, USA. In this function he leads the agency’s HQ Immunization Team of about 20 professionals, and is responsible for strategy development, program management and coordination.

Dr. Vandelaer has been working in the field of immunization since 1996, and has held immunization-related positions at the World Health Organization in the Philippines, India, and Myanmar. He joined UNICEF in 2001 as Senior Health Specialist, based in WHO/Geneva, with specific focus on Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination and routine immunization.

He started his career with Medecins Sans Frontieres in 1986, working in emergencies in Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Surinam, and Thailand. Later he worked in migration/refugee health for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Vietnam and Croatia/Bosnia-Hercegovina and for UNHCR in Myanmar.

In 2013, VaccineNation named Dr Vandelaer as one of the Top 50 “Most influential people in vaccines”.

Dr. Vandelaer holds a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Leuven (Belgium), a diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Antwerp Institute for Tropical Medicine (Belgium), and a Masters degree in Public Health from Harvard University (USA). He speaks English, French and Dutch and is a national of Belgium.

Posts By Jos Vandelaer

On the Path to Polio Eradication: Ensuring Lasting Protection

What would it take to introduce a vaccine into 126 countries—including those with the world’s weakest health systems—in two and a half years? Eighteen months ago, we were approached with that following request: Could we coordinate efforts to support over 120 countries to add the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into their routine immunization programmes before the end of 2015?

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