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Zero-dose children are defined as those that lack access to or are never reached by routine immunization services. They are operationally measured as those who did not receive their first dose of DTP, a vaccine containing diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis.
The target for this indicator is a reduction in the baseline number of 14 million zero-dose children by 50% globally by 2030. Efforts to highlight the number of children missing out on vaccines will enable a closer equity-focused examination of who they are and how to reach them. On track status is shown when the number of zero-dose children decreases each year by the percentage needed to stay on track to reach the end of the decade target of a 50% reduction.
Number of zero-dose children—Global
reduction in number of zero-dose children
|Number of zero dose children||13,272,000||16,466,000||18,248,000|