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

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

Protect & Connect Fact Sheet

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