Routine Vaccination during COVID-19 Pandemic

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COVID 19

Recommended Vaccines are still Important -- even during a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for healthcare providers, parents, teens and young adults. One outcome of the pandemic, is a dramatic declines in routine vaccination. The CDC reported that orders for vaccines have declined sharply since the emergency declaration (MMWR, May 8 2020). A recent study showed a 71% drop in healthcare visits for children and adolescents 6-17 year olds¹, ages when critical vaccines including Tdap, HPV and meningitis are given. These declines in vaccination put children and communities at greater risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough. We're all part of the essential effort to ensure adolescents and young adults stay safe and healthy!

¹https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/2020/apr/impact-covid-19-outpatient-visits

What can you do?

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    Act now to catch-up on well visits and immunization. One person's health affect the whole family. Teens and young adults need to be diligent to protect both themselves and their families.

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    Prioritize recommended teen vaccination. When state/local conditions allow, act quickly to catch-up teens on all recommended vaccines.

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    Plan for a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to you.

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    Connect to Unity educational resources to learn more.

Suggested Actions and Resources

Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccine
CDC Vaccination Training for Healthcare Professionals
  • Who needs to be trained
  • Best practices
  • What clinicians need to know about Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines
  • Allergic reactions, contraindications and precautions
- CDC Framework for Healthcare systems providing non-COVID-19 Clinical Care During the COVID-19 pandemic
- The Pandemic Impact: Educational resource from Merck
- Guidance on pediatric preventive and non-urgent care from the AAP and AAFP
- Back to school preparedness

Implement solutions to have children and adolescents receive their routinely recommended vaccinations, using this resource provided by Merck.

The Pandemic Impact on Wellness Visits and Vaccinations for Children and Adolescents

Background on the process followed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize or approve a COVID-19 vaccine, including the role of the CDCs Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

COVID-19 Vaccine: How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of The Clinton Foundation with

  • Pia Valenzuela Escudero, Executive Director, Division of Student Health, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Holly Hunt, Chief, Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Dr. Charles Irwin, Director, Division of Adolescent Health, UCSF November 30, 2020
  • Robert Boyd, President, School Based Health Alliance

Supporting Families & Schools in Addressing Student Health

The UCSF adolescent and young adult clinic is balancing both in-person and telehealth visits to ensure high quality well-care is delivered during COVID-19. Dr. Irwin shares how the clinic maximizes touchpoints, and ensures a safe environment for in-person well-visits. 

Dr Irwin: Experience on Using Telehealth to Care for Adolescents

Maintaining adolescent and young adult privacy and confidentiality during a telehealth visit is critical according to Dr. Irwin. Adaptations and flexibility are key components to success when it comes to accessing telemedicine resources

Dr Irwin: Challenges of Using Telehealth to Care for Adolescents

Dr. Irwin discusses the importance of well care visits and their link to adolescent vaccination coverage, and how we may see changes in the ways adolescents receive vaccinations in the future.

Case Study: A Physician’s Experience Caring for Adolescents using Telehealth – Access to Vaccination

Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccine
Advice to support and help protect teens and young adults
Back to school

What can teens expect when getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

Background on the process followed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize or approve a COVID-19 vaccine, including the role of the CDCs Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

COVID-19 Vaccine: How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of The Clinton Foundation with

  • Pia Valenzuela Escudero, Executive Director, Division of Student Health, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Holly Hunt, Chief, Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Dr. Charles Irwin, Director, Division of Adolescent Health, UCSF November 30, 2020
  • Robert Boyd, President, School Based Health Alliance

Supporting Families & Schools in Addressing Student Health

In August-September 2020, Unity Consortium conducted a national survey of perspectives on adolescent health and immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic. A summary of the findings of this 600-parent and 300-teen survey shows the pandemic has impacted teen visits to the physician. And with an increase in mental health concerns, stress due to fears and isolation and a decrease in vaccination rates, well-visit appointments should be a priority.

Impact of COVID-19 on Teen Health and Immunization: Findings from Parents and Teens

Learn how COVID-19 is affecting teen health, wellness and immunization behaviors and attitudes during the pandemic

Findings from Unity’s National Poll on Adolescent Health and Immunizations

Protect & Connect Fact Sheet: Details on recommended adoleslescent vaccines and illnesses they protect.

Protect & Connect Fact Sheet

Protection from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Unity President talks about important vaccines recommended for teens at age 16 and Unity’s mission and resources

Judy Klein – Protection from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Background on the process followed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize or approve a COVID-19 vaccine, including the role of the CDCs Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

COVID-19 Vaccine: How CDC Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations

A panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of The Clinton Foundation with

  • Pia Valenzuela Escudero, Executive Director, Division of Student Health, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Holly Hunt, Chief, Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Dr. Charles Irwin, Director, Division of Adolescent Health, UCSF November 30, 2020
  • Robert Boyd, President, School Based Health Alliance

Supporting Families & Schools in Addressing Student Health

In August-September 2020, Unity Consortium conducted a national survey of perspectives on adolescent health and immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic. A summary of the findings of this 600-parent and 300-teen survey shows the pandemic has impacted teen visits to the physician. And with an increase in mental health concerns, stress due to fears and isolation and a decrease in vaccination rates, well-visit appointments should be a priority.

Impact of COVID-19 on Teen Health and Immunization: Findings from Parents and Teens

Raising Awareness of Teen Vaccines Needed: Protection is a Snap.

Protection is a Snap (Spanish Version Available)

Raising Awareness of Teen Vaccines Needed: Protect Your Self(ie).

Protect Yourself(ie) (Spanish Version Available)

Remember the 4 – Vaccines for Teens Infographic. Find out about the risks of vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine recommendations for teens by age.

Vaccines for Teens Infographic