Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Now more than ever, Immunize Colorado is committed to maintaining the health and safety of Colorado’s children and supporting pediatric health care providers in their efforts to provide safe, effective care during this unprecedented time.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that caring for children comes with new challenges, including combatting the virus itself while still addressing ongoing child health-related issues among patients.
AAP Colorado, Immunize Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment strongly support the continued provision of health care, including vaccination, for children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The recent reductions in well-child visits threaten the well-being and optimal health of Colorado’s youngest population due to delayed vaccination, screening, referrals, and delivery of anticipatory guidance to families.
In an effort to support providers and their patients during these challenging times, our organizations have produced the Colorado Pediatric Provider Toolkit, complete with modifiable templates for providers to:
- Let patients know that their practice is open, safe, and still there for them
- Ensure their community knows that well-child checks and immunizations remain essential for infants, children, and adolescents
The templates and tools in the Colorado Pediatric Provider Toolkit can be customized according to local guidelines, as well as to the characteristics unique to providers' patient populations.
We hope that these easy-to-use resources will assist providers in their continued efforts to reach out to families, validate the importance of well-child visits and vaccinations, and emphasize the role pediatric care providers play in keeping children healthy now and always.