CDC has released recommendations related to pediatric and adult vaccination during COLID-19. You received the pediatric recommendations earlier (included here as well). The adult recommendations are below. The attachment provides a statement which combines the two recommendations. Please note the websites for this information have changed since the original pediatric recommendation was released.
Delivery of Adult Clinical Preventive Services, Including Immunizations, During the COVID-19 Pandemic*
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly and continues to affect communities across the United States differently. Clinicians must maintain access to clinical services in environments that are safe for all. Some of the strategies used to slow the spread of disease in communities including postponing or cancelling non-urgent elective procedures and using telemedicine instead of face-to-face encounters for routine medical encounters.
Delivery of some clinical preventive services, such as immunizations, requires face to face encounters and in areas with community transmission of SARS-CoV-2, these should be postponed except when:
- An in-person visit must be scheduled for some other purpose and the clinical preventive service can be delivered during that visit with no additional risk; or
- An individual patient and their clinician believe that there is a compelling need to receive the service based on an assessment that the potential benefit outweighs the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19
*For guidance on pediatric preventive healthcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/pediatric-hcp.html
Maintaining Childhood Immunizations During COVID-19 Pandemic*
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing rapidly and continues to affect communities across the United States differently. Some of the strategies used to slow the spread of disease in communities include postponing or cancelling non-urgent elective procedures and using telemedicine instead of face-to-face encounters for routine medical visits.
Ensuring the delivery of newborn and well-child care, including childhood immunization, requires different strategies. Healthcare providers in communities affected by COVID-19 are using strategies to separate well visits from sick visits. Examples include:
- Scheduling well visits in the morning and sick visits in the afternoon
- Separating patients spatially, such as by placing patients with sick visits in different areas of the clinic or another location from patients with well visits.
- Collaborating with providers in the community to identify separate locations for holding well visits for children.
Because of personal, practice, or community circumstances related to COVID-19, some providers may not be able to provide well child visits, including provision of immunizations, for all patients in their practice. If a practice can provide only limited well child visits, healthcare providers are encouraged to prioritize newborn care and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age) when possible. CDC is monitoring the situation and will continue to provide guidance.
*For guidance on adult preventive healthcare during the COVID-19 Pandemic see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/preparedness-checklists.html.