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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is issuing this Health Advisory to inform medical providers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) "Interim Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic" released on June 9, 2020. The guidance, which is primarily focused on the pediatric population, serves to assist immunization providers in a variety of clinical and alternative settings in planning for the safe administration of vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused healthcare providers to change how they operate to continue to provide essential services to patients. Ensuring that immunization services are maintained or re-initiated 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. This guidance will be continually reassessed and updated based on the evolving epidemiology of COVID-19 in the United States.
Stay-at home and shelter-in-place orders have resulted in a decline in outpatient pediatric visits and fewer vaccine doses being administered, leaving children at risk of vaccine preventable diseases. A recent review of Delaware immunization data showed a significant decline in immunization completion rates across all childhood vaccines starting in March 2020. This decline is attributable to changes in provider operations and client behavior due to the pandemic.
Routine vaccination is an essential preventive care service for children, adolescents, and adults (including pregnant women) that should not be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Providers should continue to use strategies to separate well visits from sick visits. Examples might include:
DPH Communicable Disease Regulations mandate that all immunizations administered in the State of Delaware must be reported to the Immunization Information System also known as DelVAX. For assistance with vaccine reporting, contact the Immunization Program at 302-744-1050 or 1-800-282-8672 or visit http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dph/dpc/immunize.html
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