Kazakhstan resumes routine vaccinations after their suspension during nationwide state of emergency

Kazakhstan resumes routine vaccinations after their suspension during nationwide state of emergency
1,423 refusals of preventive vaccinations were registered in Kazakhstan in the first quarter of 2020. This is 13 percent more compared to the same period of last year, acting Health Minister of Kazakhstan Lyazat Aktayeva said at the government meeting.  
 
“As for reasons for refusing immunizations, the largest share falls on personal convictions and makes up 52.9 percent of the total number of vaccine refusals, 29 percent of refusals are for religious reasons, 11.2 percent due to distrust in the quality of the vaccine and 6.4 percent due to the influence of the negative information in mass media,” explained Aktayeva.
 
More than 1.4 million people in Kazakhstan were vaccinated within the five months of this year. Immunization coverage in the country amounted to 92 percent of the number of people to be vaccinated.
 
“Vaccination coverage is little because of the suspension of routine vaccinations during the nationwide state of emergency in Kazakhstan. Currently, scheduled immunizations have been resumed, including for children who were not vaccinated during the state of emergency,” Aktayeva said.
 
 
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