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Is protective eyewear needed for those who administer vaccines so they can avoid blood spatter?

ACIP does not specifically recommend eye protection when administering vaccines to prevent exposure to blood spatter.

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC temporarily recommended the use of protective eyewear in areas where SARS-CoV-2 was circulating widely to reduce the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. In the setting of widely available and effective COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, CDC resumed recommending standard pre-pandemic infection control practices during vaccination.

Last reviewed: December 28, 2022

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