BACKGROUND: COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for disrupting routine immunization activities all over the world . Aim of the study was to investigate the reduced adherence to the national children vaccination schedule during the lockdown period in Italy . MATERIALS AND
METHODS: Through social channels, the Italian Pediatric Society conducted a survey among Italian families on children vaccination during lockdown period .
RESULTS: In the study period, 1474 responders were collected . More than one third (34 %) of them skipped the vaccine appointment as they were afraid of SARS-CoV-2-virus (44 %), vaccination services postponed the appointment (42 %) or was closed to public (13 %).
DISCUSSION: Reduction in routine immunization coverage may represent a serious life-threating problem for unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children.
CONCLUSIONS: Information on national and local preventive measures including physical distancing, handwashing, and proper coughing/sneezing hygiene should be spread among families in order to contrast vaccine hesitancy and maintain adequate coverage levels during COVID19 pandemic period.
Index: COVID, Children, Immunization, Vaccine