(PRESS RELEASE AND STAFF REPORTS/Department of Health and Chewelah Independent)
The Washington Department of Health said that immunization rates among children appear to be dropping during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department said that this leaves children and communities at risk.
Providers in Washingtons Childhood Vaccine Program reported they administered 30 percent fewer vaccines to 0-18 year olds in March of this year compared with the same month in previous years. In April, preliminarily the department is seeing a 42 percent decrease, but that number may change as April data continue to be reported.
The amount of vaccine ordered by providers in March also fell both in Washington state and nationwide, a press release from the DOH sent out last week said.