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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Childhood Immunization in Saudi Arabia

Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Qassim University, Qassim 51452, Saudi Arabia
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Vaccines 2020, 8(4), 581; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8040581
Received: 16 September 2020 / Revised: 28 September 2020 / Accepted: 29 September 2020 / Published: 3 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Vaccines and Society)
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting national and international public health. Routine childhood immunization may be adversely affected by COVID-19 mitigation measures. We aimed to identify the prevalence of delayed immunization and explore the reasons and barriers for delayed immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Qassim region, Saudi Arabia. We conducted a cross-sectional study using an online self-administered questionnaire for parents of children under two years of age during the period from 1 May to 30 June 2020. Most of the 749 participants (82.6%) were mothers, with 31 to 40 years being the most common age group (49.8%). Nearly three-quarters (73.2%) of the parents had appointments scheduled for their child’s vaccination during the pandemic, and approximately 23.4% of the parents reported a delay of more than one month in the immunization of their child. The most common reason for the delay was the fear of being infected by COVID-19 (60.9%). Large household size and lack of insurance were risk factors for immunization delay. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the timeliness of routine childhood immunization in Saudi Arabia. Childhood immunization should be prioritized, as well as the implementation of focused strategies to achieve significant and sustainable vaccination rates during pandemics. View Full-Text
Keywords: childhood; children; immunizations; vaccinations; COVID-19; coronavirus; vaccine-preventable disease, SARS-CoV-2 childhood; children; immunizations; vaccinations; COVID-19; coronavirus; vaccine-preventable disease, SARS-CoV-2
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Alsuhaibani, M.; Alaqeel, A. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Childhood Immunization in Saudi Arabia. Vaccines 2020, 8, 581. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8040581

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