Improving Adolescent Vaccine Coverage – Strategies and Partnerships

Date: July 23, 2021 1:00 PM

 

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Improving Adolescent Vaccine Coverage – Strategies and Partnerships for Success!

July 23, 2021

1-2 PM Eastern Time

Vaccines are critical to ensure a healthy return to school for adolescents. You have an important role in promoting catch-up and COVID-19 vaccines in youth. We invite you to learn from experts on how best to reach adolescents to ensure uptake.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Utilize data to describe adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on and current status of adolescent well care visits and vaccine coverage rates.
  • Identify resources to support adolescent well visits and immunization improvement efforts.
  • Understand evidence-based strategies, promising practices and critical partnerships necessary to assure successful efforts to improve adolescent well care visits and vaccine coverage rates.

 Speakers:

  • Judy Klein, President, Unity Consortium
  • Wendy Davis, MD, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, Associate Director, National Improvement Partnership Network, and former Vermont Title V Director & Vermont Commissioner of Health
  • Kimberly Swartz, MH Sc, Director of Adolescent & Reproductive Health, Division of MCH, Vermont Department of Health
  • Charles E. Irwin, Jr., MD, Director, Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, University of California, San Francisco, Director, National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Resource Center

These featured speakers include leaders and advisors for HRSA’s Adolescent and Young Adult Health National Resource Center.

Please submit questions for the speakers’ panel discussion through the registration process.

Why is this webinar important for your work?

Providing adolescents with health guidance requires specific communication strategies that consider:

  • delivery systems for COVID-19 vaccines and routine vaccines;
  • this unique developmental stage;
  • age-appropriate, parent-involved, culturally-relevant, and strengths-based messages;
  • the role of trusted sources of health information; and
  • the importance of encouraging adolescents to care for and take actions for themselves.

Background:

Approximately 1.5 million American children and adolescents were diagnosed with COVID-19 from March 2020 through April 2021, according to the CDC, and more than 13,000 children and adolescents were hospitalized during that time. COVID-19 infections in youth now make up a substantial percentage of new infections. In May, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for persons 12-15 years of age. Additionally, rates of routine adolescent vaccinations decreased over the past year.  Getting youth immunized can help them to return to normal activities and help protect more people from the spread of COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases.