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Publication Date

March 25, 2022


Fact Sheet

Responding to COVID-19: How the Public Health Emergency Declaration Affects WIC

By National WIC Association

Since March 2020, providers of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) have modified services to reflect the public health risks posed by COVID-19. Critical waiver authorities – including ongoing telehealth flexibilities – are contingent on the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration, which must be renewed every 90 days by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Sudden or premature termination of the PHE could complicate WIC’s ability to continue to serve participating families and undermine the progress that WIC has made in improving nutritional outcomes for new and expectant parents and young children during the pandemic.

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Date Added
March 25, 2022