May. 27, 2021
Due to COVID-19, children and adolescents have fallen behind on receiving recommended vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that so that they’re protected as they return to in-person learning. We encourage providers to schedule catch-up vaccinations as soon as possible and prepare for COVID-19 vaccine protocols.
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Protocols
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received emergency use authorization for children ages 12 and older. By fall, COVID-19 vaccines may be approved for younger children. The CDC recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for .
In , the CDC says that other vaccines may be given with the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s no longer necessary to wait 14 days between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines as a precaution, according to the CDC. The supports giving COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines to those 12 and older who are behind on or due for routine immunizations.
- Identify members whose children have missed vaccinations and contact them to schedule appointments
- Check at each visit for any missing immunizations and deliver vaccines that are due
- Let members know what precautions are in place for safe delivery of in-person services
- Overall adolescent vaccination rates are down as much as 22% due to the pandemic
- Overall provider orders (other than flu) from the federally funded Vaccines for Children Program are down by almost 10.9 million doses
- This decline includes MMR/MMRV vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella, which are down by 1.4 million doses
The above material is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician. Physicians and other health care providers are encouraged to use their own best medical judgment based upon all available information and the condition of the patient in determining the best course of treatment.