The City of Tshwane Health Department urges parents to continue with their children's vaccination programme and to visit municipal clinics if any of the required vaccination was missed due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
A focused catch-up programme will run until 31 January 2021 for all children who missed the administering of immunisations, Vitamin A or deworming, as well as any other required, relevant, identified interventions.
The Expanded Programme on Immunisation in South Africa is designed to ensure that children are immunised against the most common vaccine-preventable childhood infections. These include many illnesses with which you are probably familiar, such as polio, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and hepatitis B. The vaccination schedule also covers other potentially deadly infections, such as rotavirus (the most common cause of diarrhoea in children), haemophilus influenza B and pneumococcus (both common causes of pneumonia and meningitis in children under five years).
Vaccination prevents outbreaks of infectious diseases because most people become immune to infectious diseases either through exposure or vaccination, therefore it protects the entire community.
Parents are advised to take their children to their local clinics during working hours, where healthcare workers will check the child's card or booklet for any missed services. An immunisation card or booklet is required before vaccines are administered. If any of the health services was missed, it will be provided either on the spot or at the nearest facility.