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Playing Catch-Up with Adolescent Immunization Before the Return to In-Person School

As we learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, federal guidance on who should receive them, and when, is changing quickly. As of late May 2021, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include adolescents as young as 12 years old. The agency’s newest clinical guidance also approves co-administration stating, “COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing.” The updated guidance forgoes the previous two-week wait period before and after COVID-19 vaccine administration that posed challenges for providers trying to keep their patients on schedule with recommended immunizations, especially adolescents with various multi-dose immunizations. 

 With new-found freedom of timing, providers have a tremendous opportunity over the next few months to help ensure that teen patients are up-to-date with their vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccine, before schools return to in-person learning this fall. 

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