oa South African Medical Journal - South Africa’s first national vaccination coverage survey since 1994 - correspondence

Volume 109 Number 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: On 8 March 2019, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, launched the new e-Road-to-health-booklet (RTHB) and South Africa (SA)’s first national vaccination coverage survey to be held since 1994. The survey covers all 52 districts, with 1.1 million households to be visited to reach a sample size of 55 120 children aged 24 - 35 months. In addition to vaccination coverage data, sociodemographic data and reasons for missed vaccinations will be collected. The survey is expected to be completed by 30 June 2019. Recognising that population-based vaccination coverage surveys are vital for identifying gaps and improving immunisation programmes,[1] the SA National Department of Health (NDoH) started planning this survey in 2012. However, national surveys are very costly,[1] and funding was secured only in 2018. It is therefore unlikely that the NDoH will conduct another national survey within the next decade.

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