Routine immunization for children during the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia
Perceptions of parents and caregivers
Since Indonesia reported the first COVID-19 case in March 2020, coverage of routine immunization to prevent childhood diseases such as measles, rubella, and diphtheria has been declining. For example, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus (DPT3) and measles and rubella (MR1) vaccination coverage rates reduced by more than 35% in May 2020 compared to the same period in the previous year. To better understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on immunization, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and UNICEF conducted a rapid assessment in April 2020: results showed that 84% of all health facilities reported immunization service interruption at fixed and outreach sites.
In conjunction with these efforts, it is critically important to understand community perceptions of immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at guiding the MOH and partners in implementing appropriate communication approaches that address key concerns. from 4-13 July 2020, the MOH in Indonesia, with support from UNICEF, conducted an online survey among parents and caregivers of children under the age of two years. The survey also sought input from the respondents on the reorganization of immunization services and needed communication efforts.
UNICEF Indonesia wishes to express its sincere gratitude to key donors, including the Governments of Australia, Canada and New Zealand.