Although nationwide numbers project a serious shortfall in childhood vaccinations because of the pandemic, local physicians are optimistic that kids haven’t gotten too far behind on their vaccination schedules.

Across the U.S., one of the pandemic’s many troubling impacts has been a drastic decline in how many people are seeking preventative healthcare, including routine childhood vaccines. An analysis from the insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield estimated that there could be a 26% drop in the number of childhood vaccines distributed in 2020 compared to 2019.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health and health care for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health and health care for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. Questions, tips, or ideas? Please get in touch: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

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