Impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the administration of vaccines as per the national immunization schedule in children younger than 2 years

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2021

Introduction: The reduction in the number of visits to health care centers since the onset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic may affect mandatory vaccination. Objective: To assess the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the administration of the pentavalent and the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccines to children younger than 2 years at the vaccination center of a children's hospital in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. Method: Cross-sectional study using the vaccination center's digital records from January to May 2019 and 2020. Results. In the second fortnight of March 2020, vaccinations dropped by 64.2 %. When examining the first dose of the pentavalent and MMR vaccines, such reduction was 74.9 % and 55.1 %, respectively. Conclusion: As of the second fortnight of March 2020, vaccinations dropped by 64.2 % compared to the same period of the previous year.