Addressing Unmet Needs in Vaccination for Older Adults in the Asia Pacific: Insights from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Michael Woodward, Venkatasubramanian Ramasubramanian, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Terapong Tantawichien, Minggui Wang, Joon Young Song, Won Suk Choi, Samsuridjal Djauzi, Rontgene Solante, Wen Sen Lee, Kazuhiko Tateda, Hongxing Pan, Ning Chi Wang, Tikki Pang

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The impact of vaccinating the older population against vaccine-preventable diseases in terms of health, social and economic benefits has been increasingly recognised. However, there is a gap in the utilisation of vaccines worldwide. The population is ageing at an unprecedented pace in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, with the number of persons older than 65 years set to double by 2050 to around 1.3 billion. More than 18% of the population in Japan, Hong Kong, and China is over the age of 65 years. This highlights the importance of prioritising resources to address societal obligations toward the needs of the ageing generation. This review provides an overview of the challenges to adult vaccination in APAC, drivers to increase vaccination coverage, vaccination insights gained through the COVID-19 pandemic, and potential measures to increase the uptake of adult vaccines in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-880
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Interventions in Aging
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • adult vaccination
  • adult vaccines
  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • vaccine-preventable diseases
  • VPD

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