COVID-19: Current/Emerging Scientific & Medical Information

Immunize Colorado's Response

With the uncertainty of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Immunize Colorado knows that much of public health and health services capacity and resources have been redirected to outbreak response. Immunize Colorado remains committed to raising awareness about the importance and safety of vaccines, especially as we anxiously await the development of an effective COVID-19 vaccine, and to sharing pertinent immunization information from providers, state agencies and researchers during these uncertain times. We also want to offer a very big thank you to Immunize Colorado coalition members and partners for your tireless efforts, now and always, to protect the health of your communities.

Please use this page as a resource for information on maintaining routine vaccination during the pandemic, COVID-19 vaccine development updates, corrections to COVID-19 misinformation, and more.

Colorado-Specific Resources

Trainings and Webinars

National Resources & Guidelines

Maintaining Routine Vaccination During the Pandemic

Parents might be wondering if it is safe to take their children to get vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, the health and safety of our families is critical, especially now, and maintaining your child's vaccinations is an important part of this. Continuing to vaccinate young children on time is the best way to protect them from 16 preventable diseases. If routine vaccination is stalled, there is a chance that outbreaks of other diseases like measles or whooping cough could emerge on top of the current pandemic, especially as some school districts go back to school for in-person learning this fall and students come back together. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have provided guidance for providers on maintaining routine childhood immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic and encourage parents to keep well-child appointments when possible. Health care providers are utilizing a variety of strategies to protect children during visits; after all, your child's health and safety is your provider's number one priority. Call your child's health care provider before your appointment to see what precautions their office is taking to keep children safe.

Resources for Providers

Resources for Parents

Vaccine Development, Treatment and Epidemiology

There is currently no approved vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Researchers worldwide are moving quickly to research and test vaccines, but the process is lengthy. Many of the world's largest health organizations, vaccine manufacturers and research organizations are also working on developing a vaccine. Estimates from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) put the process of developing the vaccine—completing trials, scaling up production and making it widely available—at 12 to 18 months minimum. From newest to oldest, below are updates on the vaccine development process:

Other COVID-19 News

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