In most cases, yes. But you need to first contact your family physician or local health department to ask about their policies and discuss your family’s specific situation and options.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that healthcare providers still see patients in person for well child visits, and especially those for the children under age 2 who need the routine vaccines.
It’s important that infants and toddlers continue to receive their immunizations on time and according to the schedule recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While there is not yet a vaccine for COVID-19, the CDC-recommended vaccination schedule helps protect kids from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases by age 2. Many of these diseases are serious. At a time when our healthcare system is already overwhelmed, it’s important that we avoid outbreaks of preventable diseases, like measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and mumps.
Because of personal, practice, or community circumstances related to COVID-19, some providers may not be able to offer well child visits, including providing immunizations, for all patients in their practice. If a practice can provide only limited well child visits, the CDC is encouraging healthcare providers to prioritize newborn care and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age) when possible.