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We are undertaking research to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated response measures on vaccination coverage in Australia to facilitate earlier identification of impacts and inform efforts to address any issues.
We conducted monthly analysis of vaccination uptake in Australian children at earlier age-based assessment time points than usual, at all National Immunisation Program schedule points. Our research showed there was no evidence of substantial impact on vaccination uptake in children at national or state/territory level, for vaccinations due up to July 2020.
Read the COVID-19: Impact on routine childhood vaccination uptake in Australia report here
We are also working closely with Victorian health authorities to monitor any impact on vaccination uptake following the level 4 lockdown imposed in that state during its second epidemic wave.
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We acknowledge that the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) is on the land of the traditional owners the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians, and recognise their culture, history, diversity and their deep connection to the land. Together, through research and partnership, we aim to move to a place of equity for all. NCIRS also acknowledges and pays respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations from which our research, staff and community are drawn.
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