Exclusive: ‘There is a drop in regular vaccine coverage due to COVID-19,’ says Deepak Kapur

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New Delhi: COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc all through the world. Apart from the disaster attributable to the illness itself, it has additionally severely impacted sufferers with different ailments and governments well being and welfare measures.

While we try to velocity up the method of vaccinating our large inhabitants in opposition to COVID-19, there was a drop in regular vaccine coverage of the inhabitants due to the continued pandemic.

“India’s routine immunization program reaches approximately 27 million infants and children under the age of five and 29 million pregnant women with 12 preventative vaccines via nine million immunization appointments. In the last year, however, the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill, impacting immunization programs everywhere,” shared Deepak Kapur, Chairman, Rotary International’s India National PolioPlus Committee.

He additional added, “The Ministry of Health announced immunization as an essential health service and released operational guidelines in mid-April 2020 that guided states on how to conduct vaccination sessions with enhanced safety precautions. Even so, routine immunization coverage and supplementary immunization coverage has been sub-optimal in the last year over fears surrounding COVID-19.”

IMPACT OF MISSING IMMUNIZATION

Missing vaccination for life-threatening ailments like diphtheria, tetanus, influenza, polio, measles-rubella and many others., could make folks extra inclined of ailments, thus impacting the general healthcare of the inhabitants and additional burdening the already confused medical fraternity.

“Missed vaccinations allow children to become vulnerable to preventable diseases and so it is crucial to administer vaccines as per the recommended schedules for each child to keep infectious diseases at bay,” say Kapur.

He urges dad and mom to get their children vaccinated. “If a child’s vaccination dosage has been delayed or interrupted, the schedule can be resumed without repeating previous doses. Parents are advised to keep their children’s vaccination records up to date and are encouraged to ensure their children receive scheduled vaccinations whenever possible.”

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