Turkish Archives of Pediatrics
Original Article

Routine Pediatric Vaccination During Pandemic: Attitudes of Parents

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Esenyurt Center Family Health Center, İstanbul, Turkey

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Health Sciences, Şişli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Turk Arch Pediatr 2022; 57: 342-348
DOI: 10.5152/TurkArchPediatr.2022.21312
Read: 89 Downloads: 55 Published: 30 April 2022

Objective: To examine the effects of a pandemic on children’s routine vaccination between 0 months and 24 months and to determine the affecting factors on vaccination during the pandemic.

Materials and Methods: Our study was conducted between July 17, 2020, and August 1, 2020, among 513 mothers whose children were aged between 0 months and 24 months old. A total of 21 questions were asked to participants’ sociodemographic characteristics and attitudes and behaviors towards pediatric vaccines during the pandemic.

Results: The rate of vaccination for children was 82.8% (n = 425), unvaccinated children was 3.9% (n = 1). 13.3% (n = 68) of vaccinated children had “delayed” vaccination. 76.2% (n = 391) of the participants stated “they were concerned about COVID-19 infection’’ while visiting a healthcare center for vaccination. The 3 most common affecting factors for vaccination; 43.9% (n = 340 ) “pediatric vaccines are vital and must be administered,” 23.6% (n = 183) they had vaccine appointment and have been informed “vaccination service would continue as usual,” 22.7% (n = 176 ) have been informed that “required precautions have been taken”. It was found that reasons for not to be vaccinated in the pandemic; 63.2% (n = 12) “fear of COVID-19,” 15.8% (n = 3) “quarantined as the whole family” and 10.5% (n = 2) “vaccine hesitancy.”

Conclusion: Healthcare providers should inform parents that vaccination is vital, and vaccination must always be administered on time during a pandemic. During a pandemic, continuing appointments for vaccination services, calling to inform the parents that required precautions to minimize the spread of infection have already been taken, and alleviating parents’ concerns would prevent vaccination rates from decreasing in this period.

Cite this article as: Baktır Altuntaş S, Kara Elitok G. Routine pediatric vaccination during pandemic: attitudes of parents. Turk Arch Pediatr. 2022;57(3):342-348.

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