THERE IS AN EQUITY GAP IN VACCINES
Many children in the U.S. don't have access to routine, recommended vaccines.
CDC data show most childhood vaccine rates are lower among kids who are uninsured, Black, Hispanic or living below the poverty level than among those who are privately insured, White or living at or above the poverty level. And the COVID-19 pandemic has made the vaccine gap wider.
LEARN ABOUT THE VACCINE GAP
The latest data from the CDC show that an estimated 70.5 percent of children born in 2017 and 2018 were up to date on all of the seven-vaccine series recommended by CDC. But there are persistent disparities in vaccination coverage:
By health insurance status
Less than half (48.3 percent) of children with no insurance received the full series of recommended vaccines, compared to children with Medicaid coverage (65.6 percent), and those with private insurance (78.3 percent).
By race and ethnicity
Black, non-Hispanic children (64.7 percent) and Hispanic children (66.3) were the least likely to receive the recommended vaccines, compared to White, non-Hispanic children (74.7 percent) and Asian, non-Hispanic children (74.2 percent).
By poverty status
Just 62.5 percent of children below poverty had received the recommended vaccines, while 74.7 percent of all other children had received the full series.
The COVID-19 pandemic has expanded the gap in routine immunization rates.
According to November 2020 data, 40 percent of parents/caregivers say their children missed vaccinations due to the pandemic.
2021 orders for Vaccines for Children—a program that provides no cost vaccines to the uninsured and under-insured—are down by 11.7 million doses compared with 2019.
FOR MOMS AND FAMILIES
Help Protect Your Baby with Vaccines
Catch-Up on Missed Appointments and Vaccines for Your Baby
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children missed check-ups and recommended childhood vaccinations. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that every child continues to receive recommended vaccinations. Talk to your health care provider or local health department about getting children caught up on well-child visits and routine childhood vaccinations.
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HELP US #CLOSETHEVAXGAP
ON VACCINE KNOWLEDGE by educating moms on routine vaccine recommendations and where they can get them
ON VACCINE TRUST by enlisting local and trusted voices for community conversations
ON #VACCINEEQUITY by advocating for vaccine access for all families