Interim Guidance for Routine and Influenza Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

4/6/2021:

  • Updates made to reflect the 2021-2022 influenza season.
  • Updates made throughout to clarify guidance related to fully vaccinated people and quarantine guidelines.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused healthcare personnel to change how they operate to continue providing essential services to patients. Ensuring 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.

The following is a collection of federal resources designed to guide vaccine planning during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Interim Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Vaccination Recommendations during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Deliver vaccines safely during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Administration of vaccines is an essential medical service.
  • Assess the vaccination status of all patients across the life span at every healthcare visit.
  • Administer routinely recommended vaccines to children, adolescents, and adults (including pregnant people). COVID-19 vaccines may be coadministered with other vaccines – on the same day, as well as within 14 days of each other.
  • Follow guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings.
  • Encourage vaccination at the patient’s medical home.
  • Implement effective strategies for catch-up vaccination.
  • Communicate with patients/families about how they can be safely vaccinated during the pandemic.
Page last reviewed: April 15, 2021