Vol. 4 No. 2 (2021): Pakistan Journal of International Affairs
Articles

The Vaccine Dilemma A Case Study of Pakistan

Published 2021-06-30

Abstract

In addition to economic, political, and societal barriers, vaccination is also hampered by a lack of public acceptability. Similar to the 2019 Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), environmental and health catastrophes have a substantial influence on immunisation efforts. Due to interruptions in routine vaccination and the growth of health care systems, Pakistan's immunisation efforts were predicted to be badly affected by the pandemic. More outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPD) are expected as a result of this trend. But there isn't any proof to back this up. According to a qualitative research, this article evaluates the influence of COVID-19 on Pakistan's regular immunisation programmes. Locals in Sindh region of Pakistan opposed routine polio vaccinations for some time until they were resumed in July 2020. A 'Western Conspiracy' was believed to be behind both the vaccination and COVID-19. Arguments for the existence of socioeconomic memory suggest that these attitudes and behaviours may be understood in the context of economic, sociocultural, and geopolitical factors. By arranging Supplementary Immunisation  Activities (SIAs), the government may address COVID-19's detrimental influence on routine vaccination, as well as other important concerns affecting vaccination programs in the country.