On May 18, CDC published an article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) showing Michigan’s decline in pediatric immunization coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic according to data from the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR).
Unfortunately, there have been declines in coverage among most children at milestone ages in May 2020 compared to previous May estimates. From January through April 2020, the number of non-influenza vaccine doses given to children aged <18 years decreased 21.5% compared to the average for the same period in 2018 and 2019, and the number of doses given to children aged <2 years decreased 15.5%. Up-to-date vaccinations have declined to <50% among most children aged ≤2 years.
Among children aged 5 months, up-to-date status declined from approximately two-thirds during May 2016-2019 to less than half (49.7%) in May 2020. Additionally, coverage for the May 2020 child cohorts of children at ages 1, 3, 5, 7, 16, 19, and 24 months was lower for Medicaid-enrolled children compared with children not enrolled in Medicaid. Please follow safe measures to continue to bring children in for vaccine appointments during this crucial time, especially those aged less than 2 years when protection against vaccine-preventable diseases is so crucial.