Key Considerations: Drivers Influencing Vaccination-related Behaviours Among Ukrainian Refugees in Poland
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Refugees from Ukraine are entitled to free access to all health services in neighbouring countries, including routine vaccination services for children. All Ukrainian children in Poland for more than three months are expected to be vaccinated, and have proof of vaccination, either according to the Ukrainian national schedule or the Polish national schedule. During the initial phase of the emergency response, there have been concerns about low vaccination rates among refugees who are on the move. This brief is intended for local government actors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international agencies in Poland who are supporting refugees. It summarises existing information about the factors influencing vaccination-related practices during this emergency phase. It also presents strategic and practical considerations to inform the design of interventions to create demand for routine immunisation among Ukrainian refugees. The brief begins with a historical overview of routine vaccination in Ukraine. Next, it explores how this shaped the vaccination of Ukrainians in Poland before the current conflict (from February 2022) and the attitude of Ukrainian refugees to receiving vaccination in Poland. Finally, it draws on ongoing research that highlights how refugees’ uncertain longer-term plans limit their vaccination uptake.
CitationRichardson, E. (2022) Key Considerations: Drivers Influencing Vaccination-related Behaviours Among Ukrainian Refugees in Poland, Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform (SSHAP), DOI: 10.19088/SSHAP.2022.019
SponsorForeign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)