COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 5
What we know now (Part 1 from 6.9.22).
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 5
What we know now (Part 2 from 6.17.22).
A variety of support is available to help you through Illinois Vaccinates Against COVID-19 (I-VAC) to integrate COVID-19 vaccines into routine clinical workflows.
- Management Strategies in Children and Adolescents with Mild to Moderate COVID-19
- Interim Guidance on Supporting the Emotional and Behavioral Health Needs of Children, Adolescents, and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- PediaLink Module (Free) Effective COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations
- Caring for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs During COVID-19
- “Becoming a COVID-19 Vaccinator” video
- Don’t use COVID-19 vaccine off-label for children
- COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation in Pediatric Practices
- Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccination in Children and Adolescents
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Vaccine Administration: Getting Paid
FDA and Other
- IL HFS COVID-19 updates page
- Consent form for vaccinating unaccompanied minors
- Immunization Action Coalition
- U.S. Food & Drug Administration: COVID-19 Vaccine Webpage
- AVAC: Cheat Sheet: COVID-19 Vaccine Pipeline
- CMS: Coverage & Reimbursement of COVID-19 Vaccines
- Kid-friendly Disability Resources - made especially for kids with autism/their families
- The University of Liverpool COVID-19 Drug Interactions tool is here and table is here.
Dosing and Scheduling Charts:
- Moderna: Non-Immunocompromised, Immunocompromised
- Pfizer: Non-Immunocompromised, Immunocompromised
- Janssen & Novavax
- COVID-19 Vaccine Schedules
- Updated guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine
- MMWR The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ Interim Recommendation for Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in Children Aged 5–11 Years
- COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11
- Preliminary Overview of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccines includes information about 5-11
- Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Webinars and Calls
- COVID-19 ACIP Vaccine Recommendations and COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- Multi-Dose Vaccine Vial Injection Safety Tips - YouTube
- Communication Toolkit
- COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Cook County Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Public Health
- May 5, 2022 webinar on Updates on COVID-19 Therapeutics for Children with Dr. Arti Barnes, Chief Medical Officer - IDPH. Recording is available here and slides here.
- Become a COVID-19 vaccinator in Illinois
- Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in the Medically Fragile Child
- COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Guidance for Providers
- Vaccine FAQ
- State of IL Guidance Affirming Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment
- VaxVerify, IL residents can access their COVID-19 vaccine records
Chicago Department of Public Health
- COVID-19 Vaccine Talking Points (updated weekly) & Tools
- COVID-19 Vaccination Communications Toolkit for Healthcare Professionals
- COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
Telehealth and Medicare During COVID-19
Federal COVID-19 waivers and regulatory changes now make it easier for providers to deliver telehealth services to Medicare patients. Visit the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) for the most up to date information.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) 3/16/20 notice to expand telehealth services.
3/19/20 1135 waiver to expand coverage - including telehealth using non HIPPA approved venues.
Governor Pritzker also issued an executive order removing existing barriers to telehealth in IL.
- HFS has information on billing and coding for telehealth services for Medicaid.
Serving Vulnerable Populations
The Great Chicago Food Depository benefits outreach team can help with eligibility information, applying, or re-certifying for benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid benefits. For families ready to apply or have a few questions, contact their Public Benefits Outreach Team at (773)843-5416 or apply online with the Department of Human Services. You can also find food resources via their interactive mapping tool.
The Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program has created a flyer called WIC Here For You During COVID-19, which contains information about WIC (office hours, services, locations), guidance on nutritious foods, qualifications for WIC and SNAP, and contact numbers.
COVID H.E.L.P. Illinois - free online chat for rental assistance info, eviction help, and other legal issues related to COVID
From Illinois Legal Aid Online
- Housing, Coronavirus, and the Law: FAQ page
- Online legal help (learn about the law, your rights and how to go to court)
No evictions in Illinois through April 3, 2021
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless has created a list of resources with hotlines and information on for homelessness prevention and emergency shelter services.
If your clinic participates in the program and would like MORE books to distribute during this challenging time and encourage families to read together as a way to calm anxiety and keep routines - please reach out to Cindy Ogrin, cogrin@
Translating Reach Out & Read to Telehealth
In response to demand from our provider network, Reach Out & Read National has created some materials providing guidance on:
- How to deliver Reach Out & Read via telehealth
- How to address stress and anxiety through shared reading
- How to create a personal connection virtually
On March 13th U.S. Citizenship, Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a statement clarifying that USCIS will not consider treatment or preventative care for legal immigrants related to COVID-19 as part of a public charge inadmissibility determination. See the full USCIS statement.
Emergency Medical Services for Children
Resources for Families
- Access COVID-19 special education resources and guidance for parents and professionals from the Family Resources Center on Disabilities (FRCD)
- Illinois Doc Assist has information for talking to children about COVID-19
- AAP Voices piece by AAP President Sally Goza 'Fighting Racism and Discrimination in the Wake of Coronavirus'
- Read how to protect women's, pregnant persons' and infants' health during the COVID-19 pandemic from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Other COVID-19 Resources
Self-register for SIREN (State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification) to receive important notifications from IDPH. Select IDPH and then you can select your hospital or the Illinois Chapter which is listed under “DPH Partners”.
Sign up for alerts from the CDC Emergency Preparedness and Responses.
Updates on Medicaid and coverage for children can be found on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website.