Department of Health also urges pediatricians to devise new office protocols to keep patients and parents safe from coronavirus, reduce fear factor
By Lilo H. Stainton, NJspotlight
With a dramatic decline in childhood vaccine rates during the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey officials urged parents to ensure their kids are properly immunized to protect them from measles, mumps and other infectious diseases.
State Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli also encouraged pediatricians to get creative in how they offer vaccines and other well-child visits — like setting up an offsite immunization clinic or providing curbside vaccinations.
Persichilli said data compiled through the New Jersey Immunization Information System shows a 40% decline in vaccines for children under 2 years and a 60% drop in inoculations for those over 2 years between March 1 and April 20, when compared with the same period last year.