Seventeen Democratic senators have sent a letter to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting a plan to fight a "dramatic" drop in childhood vaccinations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, CNN reported.
"We write to express significant concern regarding the recent decline in routine childhood immunisation rates in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic, and urge you to take immediate action to encourage and support routine paediatric immunisations through the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic," the letter said.
"To avoid this potential crisis, we urge the CDC to immediately develop an action plan that incorporates targeted public outreach and education efforts on addressing vaccine hesitancy and emphasizing the importance of paediatric immunisations," the letter added.
Additionally, the senators urged the CDC to provide resources for communities where vaccinations have fallen, and to provide guidance on how parents can safely get their children vaccinated.
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