A Special Issue on Immunization Inequalities in the MDPI journal Vaccines will be published on the occasion of World Immunization Week 2023. We are interested in myriad population groups and country contexts, various dimensions of inequality (as well as compound vulnerabilities), and immunization access through various stages of the life course (see Summary). Research articles, as well as other paper formats, especially those describing equity-oriented programming are also welcome. The deadline for submissions is February 2023, but papers will receive immediate attention and be published with rapid peer review.
Vaccines has generously waived APCs for this Special Issue. Please see attached and below more information on the call and reach out to us if we can help with the process or answer questions.
While overall in the world, immunization rates stagnated prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and declined in 2020 and 2021, this is neither uniformly the case for all types of vaccines, nor for all population sub-groups for any individual vaccine. Furthermore, the breadth of protection varies, with many countries lagging behind in the introduction of new and under-utilized vaccines, such as those against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and seasonal influenza, to name a few. In this Special Issue, we will explore the latest evidence on various types of immunization across the life course at global, regional, national and subnational levels. We encourage submissions that explore various dimensions of inequality—such as economic status, subnational geographic regions, sex, maternal education—and other categories (like migrant status or occupation), or that shed greater analytical or methodological light on priority population subgroups, namely, populations facing gender barriers, rural residents, the urban poor, and populations living in conflict areas. We encourage submissions that compare various country contexts or that assess trends over time, and those that draw from geographies where the evidence has been limited to date, such as Low and Middle-Income Country contexts. Communications that describe the impacts of inequality monitoring of immunization are also welcome.
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