Early impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and physical distancing measures on routine childhood vaccinations in England, January to April 2020

Helen I. McDonald, Elise Tessier, Joanne M. White, Matthew Woodruff, Charlotte Knowles, Chris Bates, John Parry, Jemma L. Walker, J. Anthony Scott, Liam Smeeth, Joanne Yarwood, Mary Ramsay, Michael Edelstein

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Abstract

Using electronic health records, we assessed the early impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on routine childhood vaccination in England by 26 April 2020. Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination counts fell from February 2020, and in the 3 weeks after introduction of physical distancing measures were 19.8% lower (95% confidence interval: −20.7 to −18.9) than the same period in 2019, before improving in mid-April. A gradual decline in hexavalent vaccination counts throughout 2020 was not accentuated by physical distancing.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume25
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 May 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

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© 2020 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). All rights reserved.

Funding

Funding: The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Immunisation at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in partnership with Public Health England (PHE). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, the Department of Health and Social Care, or PHE.

FundersFunder number
Health Protection Research Unit
National Institute for Health Research
Department of Health and Social Care
Public Health England

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