Specification of children’s vaccination costs will assist policymakers determine the national budget for immunisation programme upkeep. These days, the budget has been examined because of the sanctions imposed to tighten public spending. The purpose of this study is to estimate the cost of vaccination to get more realistic budgetary estimates in south-east Iran. A quotas sampling strategy was used to choose 52 health centres from 10 southeastern Iranian cities. The human resource utilisation, consumption, and overhead expenses were determined using a bottom-up method to estimate vaccination costs. The data was collected using a standard tool that was tailored to the local conditions.  The total cost of immunisation was estimated at approximately US$5.984,000 in 2015 for the region. Salaries were the major component, whereas vaccination costs and equipment were significantly lower. The median cost was USD 40.94 per dose of vaccination administered. Population sensitivity and inflation rate study reveal that the cost of vaccination is subject to fluctuations of 37%-53% in 6years compared with 2015 data.

Vaccination maintenance is very expensive. The results of the study enhance budget planning and decision-making and further clarify the resources needed to maintain high levels of vaccination throughout the country. It could also be helpful in facilitating the evaluation of cost-effectiveness and economic analysis in the introduction of novel vaccinations.

Reference: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21645515.2020.1725357