Immunization is one of the most important tools to keep children alive and healthy.
Total immunization coverage in Moldova is relatively high. Based on data from the MICS 2012 survey, 89% of the children 15-26 months of age received all recommended vaccines.
However, Moldova is facing an alarming trend of declining vaccine coverage. Today, with the existing gaps in coverage, the country is at risk of failing to reach the target vaccination rate. Most of those who refuse to immunize their children are middle class, well educated parents. However, the immunization rated are also dropping among other categories, including the vulnerable ones. The extent to which the Roma use healthcare services is determined by access, lifestyle, migration, and lack of knowledge in assessing health risks.
UNICEF supports immunization programmes in over 100 countries, including Moldova.
Improving access to vaccines, facilitating comprehensive vaccination programmes, and countering vaccine hesitancy are among our priorities. Joint efforts in implementing the National Immunization Programme led to the protection of children from vaccine-preventable diseases. UNICEF Moldova, along with WHO and other partners, also strengthened the country’s capacity to introduce new vaccines into the immunization schedule, increasing children’s protection from additional infectious diseases.
Cold chain equipment is vital to ensuring vaccine quality, safety and efficacy. Cold rooms, cold boxes, vaccine carriers, fridges, freezers, and thermometers were an in Moldova, including Transnistrian region with UNICEF support and EU funding.