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Early impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures on routine childhood vaccinations in England, January to April 2020

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

Posted 11 May 2020
medRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.05.07.20094557

Electronic health records were used to assess the early impact of COVID-19 on routine childhood vaccination in England to 26 April 2020. MMR vaccination counts fell from February 2020, and in the three weeks after introduction of social distancing measures were 19.8% lower (95% CI -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 on introduction of social distancing.

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