COVID-19 and Immunizations

We know that the current situation with COVID-19 is unnerving and challenging. WithinReach, which works to improve the health of Washington communities by minimizing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases, remains committed to the health of families and is working to ensure you get access to the resources you need. Please reach out to us if we can assist you in applying for food programs, access health resources or to find an immunization clinic. You can reach us by calling our Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1-800-322-2588, or online at ParentHelp123.org.

We have compiled and wanted to share these resources for parents and healthcare providers on vaccinating during COVID-19. Visit our page for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Parents – Please always check with your child’s healthcare provider for the latest recommendations! This information is constantly changing and we will do our best to keep it up to date.

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Should I take my child in for vaccines during COVID-19?

Public health is a team effort. While healthcare workers are working diligently in order for us to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, you can help, too. Vaccinating young children (especially babies birth to 24 months) on time is the best way to protect them from vaccine preventable diseases.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recommends that routine vaccination should continue. This ensures that our communities remain free of vaccine preventable diseases and that individuals are as healthy as possible. If routine vaccination is postponed, we could be faced not only with the COVID-19 pandemic but also an outbreak of vaccine preventable diseases, like measles. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has provided additional guidance on immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If a healthcare clinic can provide only limited well-child visits, healthcare providers are encouraged to prioritize newborn care and vaccination of infants and young children (through 24 months of age) when possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and DOH are monitoring the situation and may provide additional guidance in the future.

Some healthcare providers may not be able to provide well-child visits for all patients in their clinic or may be able to conduct visits by telephone or video. The best thing to do is call your doctor’s office before you go to find out what precautions they are taking to keep children safe. Together, you can make the best decision for your child.

Additional resources for families:

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The Washington Department of Health encourages healthcare providers to continue vaccinating patients, especially infants and older adults, who are at highest risk of getting vaccine-preventable diseases. Reducing access to immunizations increases our risk of disease outbreaks.

Things for healthcare providers to consider:

  • Risks to patients around possible exposure to COVID-19 when they come in for vaccinations and well-child visits
  • Strategies in clinic operations to mitigate these risks
  • Local level of COVID-19 illnesses and how many sick patients come to your clinic

To learn more about ways to safely give vaccines while protecting patients and staff, visit the Washington State Department of Health Resource Guide. If healthcare facilities do close or decide to discontinue vaccination, please contact the vaccine management team at wachildhoodvaccines@doh.wa.gov or call (360) 236-2VAX.

Additional resources for providers:

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Social Media Toolkit

Help us promote our Vax to School campaign with your networks! This social media toolkit includes shareable images and messaging that you can use on your own social media and communications channels:

“Dear Parent” Letters

These letters are for clinics and health care providers to send out to the parents or caregivers of their pediatric patients. These letters come in several languages and can be downloaded below as editable Word Documents:

“Dear Provider” Letter

This letter is for clinics and health care providers. See below to download an original version or editable Word Document version of this letter:

“Dear Administrators/School Nurse ” Letters

This letter is for school nurses, administrators and staff. See below to download an editable Word Document version of this letter:

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Immunizations During COVID-19 Flyers

These flyers provide important information on how families can stay safe, healthy and vaccinated during COVID-19. These flyers come in several languages and can be downloaded below as PDFs:

If you’d like a customizable version of these flyers please email ic@withinreachwa.org

Social Media Toolkit

Help us promote our Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Vaccinated! campaign with your networks! This social media toolkit includes shareable images and messaging that you can use on your own social media and communications channels:

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