Despite high national immunization coverage, there are
still pockets of lower immunization coverage in Thailand. Thai children in Southern provinces, children
of migrant workers, and people residing in remote provinces represent the
three most vulnerable groups where immunization coverage is at its lowest.
In response to the low vaccine coverage among these
vulnerable children, WHO in collaboration with the National EPI (Expanded Programme on Immunization) conducted a joint assessment
of immunization services in refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border in 2011
which includes recommendation on how to ensure high coverage.
A model development project on strengthening
immunization services was also implemented in the southern-most provinces in
order to address the lower vaccination levels there. This model is now being
recommended to further scale up immunization coverage in vulnerable
WHO South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) has launched its policy to increase awareness among its Member States by setting forth 2012: Year of
Intensification of Routine Immunization in the South-East Asia Region (SEAR)
: Framework for increasing and
sustaining coverage. With this
initiative, WHO will continue working with National immunization programmes to increase vaccine coverage among vulnerable children.
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