Routine well-child visits and vaccine visits are essential, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important that your family continue to receive their immunizations on time and according to the schedule recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these diseases are serious. At a time when our healthcare system is already overwhelmed, it’s critical that we avoid outbreaks of preventable diseases, like measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and mumps.
The U.S. currently has three COVID-19 vaccines authorized and recommended for emergency use authorization, with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine receiving recent FDA full approval for use in 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available under EUA for individuals 12 through 15 years and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for use in those 18 years of age and older.
Please keep in mind that COVID-19 vaccine may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. This means that your child may receive an age appropriate COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day or at any time before or after another vaccine.
In addition to mask requirements and phone screenings, many medical offices are taking extra steps to make sure that well visits can happen safely during the COVID-19 outbreak, including:
- Scheduling sick visits and well-child visits during different times of the day
- Asking patients to remain outside until it’s time for their appointment to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms
- Offering sick visits and well-child visits in different locations
Prepare for the visit by calling your child’s healthcare provider to ask when your child’s vaccinations are due and what policies and procedures are in place at the office.