Interim Guidance for Routine and Influenza Immunization Services 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 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 are a collection of federal resources designed to guide vaccine planning during the COVID-19 pandemic:

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10/20/2020:

  • Clarifications added to the “Purpose of the Guidance”.
  • Paragraphs added to “Additional Considerations for Influenza Vaccination” subsection.
  • Updates made to “Vaccination of Persons with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 or Persons with a Known Exposure”.  This section is now titled “Deferring Routine Vaccination Visits for Persons with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Who Are in Isolation or Persons with a Known COVID-19 Exposure Who Are in Quarantine”.
  • New section added titled, “Additional Considerations for Influenza Vaccination of Persons in Healthcare Facilities and Congregate Settings 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 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 are 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 health care visit.
  • Administer routinely recommended vaccines to children, adolescents, and adults (including pregnant people).
  • Delay vaccination for persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Follow guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in health care 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: October 20, 2020