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Where can I find current information on how to protect myself and my patients when administering vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC temporarily recommended additional infection control steps to ensure the safety of people in vaccination clinics, including universal wearing of face masks to reduce the risk of transmission. In the setting of widely available and effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, CDC resumed recommending standard pre-pandemic infection control practices during vaccination. The use of face masks to protect patients or staff from respiratory viruses while administering vaccinations should be based on professional judgment in the specific circumstances and/or institutional policy.

Last reviewed: December 28, 2022

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