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Routine Immunization Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused health care providers to change how they operate to continue to provide essential services to patients. Ensuring that immunization services are maintained or reinitiated is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks and reducing the burden of respiratory illness during the upcoming influenza season.

CDC has issued “Interim Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic” to help immunization providers in a variety of clinical settings plan for the safe vaccine administration during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance will be updated as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

Highlights include:

  • Considerations for routine vaccination of all recommended vaccinations for children, adolescents, and adults, including pregnant women
  • General practices for the safe delivery of vaccination services, including considerations for alternative vaccination sites
  • Strategies for catch up vaccinations

We encourage you to share this guidance with local public health departments, VFC providers, health care providers, professional organizations, and other partners.

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF). The free Acrobat Reader may be required to view these files.