COVID-19 and Child Vaccination: A Systematic Approach to Closing the Immunization Gap

Int J MCH AIDS. 2020;9(3):381-385. doi: 10.21106/ijma.401. Epub 2020 Sep 15.


The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to set back major successes that have been achieved in global vaccine initiatives. We conducted a rapid review and synthesis of the literature on immunization provision and Utilization since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 11 papers comprising peer-reviewed articles and key policies and guidelines, published between January 1 and June 15, 2020, were analyzed. Widespread disruptions of routine immunization and vaccination campaigns were reported leaving millions of children worldwide at risk of measles outbreaks. We present an expanded model of the World Health Organization's Global Routine Immunization Strategic Plan (GRISP) action areas as a tool to help countries quickly adapt to immunization challenges in the presence of COVID-19 and close the emerging immunization coverage gaps.

Keywords: COVID-19; Child health; Corona virus; Essential health services; Immunization; Vaccination.