Delhi govt is taking proactive measures to ensure minimal disruption of immunization services amid lockdown


  • Amid the lockdown, the Delhi govt took a proactive stand & immunization services continued at the fixed facilities on the designated immunization days
  • District Immunization Officers to ensure that the health facilities update the list of children eligible for vaccination who could not be vaccinated due to the lockdown
  • Despite the lockdown Birth dose of vaccines (OPV, Hepatitis) and BCG were being given to newborns at all the delivery points

The Delhi government is taking proactive measures to ensure minimal disruption of immunization services amid the lockdown for COVID-19. The Delhi government is ensuring immunization services at functional fixed public facilities and the govt has already issued instructions to all the District Immunization Officers to update the list of children eligible for vaccination who could not be vaccinated due to the lockdown. Amid the lockdown also the birth dose of vaccines (OPV, Hepatitis) and BCG were being given to newborns at all the delivery points even during the lockdown.
The Delhi Government has decided to prioritize the immunization of the children to protect them from deadly diseases such as polio, tetanus, and diphtheria. This is also critical to keeping other children safe by eliminating or substantially reducing the spread of dangerous diseases from child to child. Immunization is one of the safest, most cost-effective, and powerful means of preventing morbidity and mortality among children. Over the years, countries across the world have enlarged the ambit of vaccination as a public health intervention to improve child survival and quality of life.
The Delhi Government has taken all the measures to ensure minimal disruption of immunization services in Delhi despite the lockdown due to COVID 19. The birth dose of vaccines (OPV, Hepatitis) and BCG was being given to newborns at all the delivery points even during the lockdown. 
Amid this lockdown, the Delhi govt took a proactive stand and immunization services continued at the fixed facilities on the designated immunization days i.e. Wednesdays and Fridays at primary health centres. However, active mobilization could not be done because of the involvement of ASHA workers and ANMs on COVID-19 works.  But families who were seeking immunization services voluntarily for their children were provided with the services following all due protocols and advisories (like social distancing, hygiene, etc). 
The Delhi government has urged that now all the parents should proactively contact their ASHA workers, ANMs or reach their designated primary health facilities for ensuring full immunization of their children.
Delhi has 640 immunization facilities belonging to different agencies including Delhi Government. The Government has already issued instructions to all the District Immunization Officers to ensure that the health facilities update the list of children eligible for vaccination who could not be vaccinated due to the lockdown. These children will be vaccinated in the upcoming weeks.  The Delhi government is formulating microplans to ensure 100% coverage of the children for all vaccines.