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PHO Rounds: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Immunizations in Alberta

Studies on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in other countries have found a decline in routine vaccine uptake as a result of reduced health system capacity and changes in immunization practices and attitudes. However, there is limited published data from Canada on this subject. Using population-based administrative data, the presenters examine the impact of the pandemic by comparing routine vaccine coverage before and during the pandemic in Alberta, Canada. Early findings indicate a decline in coverage varied by age and dose, with childhood vaccines given at older ages showing a larger drop in 2020 compared to 2019.

Intended audience: Public health policy advisors, program administrators, and researchers

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the extent to which routine vaccine coverage declined during the pandemic compared to pre-pandemic.
  2. Understand whether vaccinations missed during the early pandemic period were caught up.
  3. Consider strategies for catch-up of missed routine immunizations.

Présentateur(s): Dr. Shannon MacDonald and Yuba Raj Paudel

Dr. Shannon MacDonald, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Dr. MacDonald’s program of research focuses on vaccine hesitancy, uptake, and safety, with an emphasis on supporting immunization best practice and policies. She has a particular interest in addressing system-level barriers and supports to achieving high immunization coverage, especially in under-served populations. 

Mr. Paudel, MPH, MA , is a PhD candidate at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. He is currently working as a data analyst under the supervision of Dr. MacDonald. His interests include global health, health systems, health disparities, and preventative medicine.


Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca .


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca .

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Publié le 21 oct. 2021