Ongoing Project

Assessment to understand social determinants around Vaccine Hesitancy and Acceptance

Agency : State Institute of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Rajasthan

Team Tanjul Saxena, Seema Mehta, Asghar Abbas

Covering an area of 342,239 sq km (132,150 sq mi) Rajasthan is the largest state in the Republic of India. The growth rate of population in the state at 28.41 % was higher than that of the country  21.34 %. The state is thriving towards attaining the desired results pertaining to health indices especially the maternal and child health and making a concerted effort in improving the quality and access of maternal, newborn and child care as well as Vaccination. Various study indicates remarkable reduction in child mortality in countries with poorest child survival indicators following the introduction of immunization against vaccine preventable diseases. In Rajasthan the most recent NFHS VI, indicates that more than half (55%) of children age 12-23 months received all basic vaccinations against six major childhood illnesses (tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and measles) at any time before the survey. However, most children are at least partially vaccinated. 65% have received at least the recommended three doses of polio vaccine, 72% have received the three recommended doses of DPT vaccine, and 78% have been vaccinated against measles. Eighty-nine percent of children have received a BCG vaccination. Though it is important to prevent the morbidity and mortality associated with vaccine preventable diseases and their complications yet in the state of Rajasthan 7 percent of the children have not received any vaccinations at all. Far fewer children have received other basic vaccinations. In the state of Rajasthan in some of the districts (5 to 6) the dropout and hesitancy to continue the vaccination was noticed. There is considerable dropout between the first and third doses of DPT vaccine (from 86% to 72%) and polio vaccine (from 88% to 65%). Between NFHS-3 and NFHS-4, there were large increases in vaccination coverage for three doses of DPT (from 39% to 72%), measles (from 43% to 78%), and BCG (from 69% to 89%); however, coverage for three doses of polio vaccine has remained unchanged at 65 percent during this period. Further, disparity is also evident among the coverage with all basic vaccinations, where it is higher in urban areas than in rural areas (61% versus 53%) and is high for children whose mothers have 12 or more years of schooling, for first births and for female children. Muslim children have lower vaccination coverage than Hindu children and scheduled tribe children have lower vaccination coverage than children from any other caste/tribe group. Hence to optimize control of vaccine preventable diseases in communities, high uptake rates of vaccines must be achieved. Therefore, there is a great need to understand individual and community hesitation and reluctance towards vaccination.

Objective of Project:

  • To assess the degree of vaccine hesitancy in acceptors and non-acceptors for specific vaccines administered under Universal Immunization Programme in selected districts of Rajasthan
  • To assess the salient factors influencing vaccine hesitancy for specific vaccines administered under Universal Immunization Programme in selected districts of Rajasthan