COVID-19 and well-child checkups

Last updated: June 11, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things. But one thing is still the same... children need their regular check-ups and vaccinations. Families are encouraged to seek needed routine care. Schedule your child’s appointment today!

  • Pediatric and family practice offices are safe, open, and ready to care for your children. Providers are offering well visits, sick visits, preventive screenings, mental and behavioral health services, and vaccinations. 
    • Patient health and safety is the No. 1 priority of health care providers, and they have worked to ensure their offices are safe for all families.
    • If you have concerns, contact your child’s health care provider to see what precautions their office is taking to keep patients safe.
    • When you make an appointment, ask whether masks will be provided for you and your child, or if you should use your own. Masks are recommended for anyone over age 2 who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and required for unvaccinated people age 12 and older in health care settings.

 

  • Well-child check-ups are as important as ever.
    • Missing routine health check-ups may put kids at risk for health issues. Well-visits are a chance to talk with your child's provider about questions and concerns related to your child’s health.
    • Children who are not protected by vaccines are more vulnerable to preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough (pertussis).
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that parents continue scheduling their child’s well-child visits and stay up-to-date with vaccines. This is especially important for children under 2 years of age and for children with special health care needs.

 

  • Children age 12 and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizera COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens. The CDC recommends that all eligible people receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics supports administering COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines at the same time or close together. Your doctor may consider the types of vaccines, whether your child is behind on recommended vaccines, and what kind of side effects the vaccines may have before deciding whether or not to give them together. Talk to your doctor about additional concerns you might have about scheduling more than one vaccine at the same time.

 

  • No insurance? No problem! You can still get your child vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone even if you do not have insurance. For routine vaccinations, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines at no cost for children who are uninsured, underinsured, on Medicaid or Medicaid-eligible, and/or Alaskan Native/American Indian. There are more than 500 provider offices, community health centers, and local public health agencies that participate in the VFC Program in Colorado.​ Check your child’s eligibility and find a VFC clinic near you.

 

 

  • Need access to your child’s vaccination record? Contact your provider or local public health agency for a copy of your child’s record.  Or, you can contact the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) to see if we have your child’s record in our system.