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PAHO: Concerns about risk of exposure to COVID-19 impact immunization services in the Americas

17 August 2020

PAHO: Concerns about risk of exposure to COVID-19 impact immunization services in the Americas

Washington, D.C., August 14, 2020 (PAHO) 

 

While Countries of the Americas have implemented innovative strategies to boost immunization programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns about risk of exposure, as well as challenges accessing services during lockdown, have led to a reduction in vaccination coverage, a series of internal surveys from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) show.

 

The surveys were conducted with PAHO immunization program consultants in 16 countries in Latin America, and 22 countries in the Caribbean, and show that as lockdown policies have declined and relaxed, the provision of regular vaccination services has increased.

 

This is due to the implementation of measures including drive-through vaccination, mobile vaccination centers, vaccination in homes and other strategic locations such as banks and empty schools, as well as digital communication to emphasize the importance of immunization during a pandemic.

 

Despite these efforts, however, the Summary of the Status of National Immunization Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic reveals that public concern around the risk of exposure to COVID-19 has affected demand for vaccination services. Other issues, such as lockdown or physical distancing, as well as limitations in public transport have also led to a reduction in vaccination coverage and an increase in existing gaps.

 


The closure of international borders and problems with international transport has also led to difficulties in the delivery of vaccines and supplies for national immunization programs, with surveys from 18 countries (47%) reporting issues in this area.

 

Source: PAHO: Concerns about risk of exposure to COVID-19 impact immunization services in the Americas