Children May Be Missing Vaccinations During Pandemic

By Reuters Staff

January 04, 2021

(Reuters) - If a study from Colorado is any indication, children and adolescents have been missing recommended vaccinations during the pandemic.

Researchers there looked at data from the Colorado Immunization Information System, collected from Jan. 5 to May 2. Until mid-March, when measures to try to contain spread of the virus went into effect, the combined weekly number of vaccinations averaged 23,523 per week for babies up to age 2, 6,148 for 3- to 9-year-olds, and 8,318 for children ages 10 to 17.

After March 15, the average weekly number of vaccinations dropped by 31% for babies, 78% for 3- to 9-year-olds, and 82% for the older group.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that every child continue to receive routine vaccinations during the COVID-19 outbreak. (

In a report published in JAMA Pediatrics, the Colorado study authors noted that they do not yet know the effect of the decrease in vaccinations on future infection rates. Still, they conclude, "public health advocates should consider addressing this drop to avoid the potential for vaccine-preventable diseases."

SOURCE: JAMA Pediatrics, online December 7, 2020.