- EDs serve as the primary—and often only—health care access point for up to a fifth of the U.S. population
- UCCs handle about 89 million patient visits each year, or more than 29% of all primary care visits in the country, and nearly 15% of all outpatient physician visits. Expanding COVID-19 vaccine availability in these settings can increase vaccine access.
- This survey will request the following information:
- Facility Name
- Facility VTrckS ID
- Vaccine manufacturer(s)
- Expiration Date
- Quantity of doses at risk of expiring
- Please provide this information as accurately as possible to ensure we are able to maximize the use of existing vaccine inventory and avoid unnecessary spoilage.
- After completion, VDH will work to provide specific guidance about whether the at-risk vaccine can be utilized (e.g., No Further Action, Redistribute to Provider XYZ, Redistribute to Central Pharmacy, etc.). VDH will work to support providers for any logistics or transportation-related costs, where applicable.
- This survey can be filled out on a rolling basis so that over time, as more vaccine may become at-risk, the information can be shared immediately.
- Some additional functionality has been added to VaxMaX to help support and enhance the vaccine request process
- Please note that Pfizer-BioNTech 450 will now be available to all providers to request for upcoming orders
- Providers will also be able to request ancillary kits to support adult vs. adolescent vaccinations through VaxMaX
- VDH has launched the Small Shipment Redistribution Program (SSRP) - a voluntary network of geographically dispersed providers who coordinate with a central distribution center (hub) to order smaller quantities of the vaccine than are available through direct federal shipments.
- To participate in the program, please place order requests by 7pm ET on Mondays using the RedCap Survey link here.
- Note: This is not meant to replace the normal ordering procedures; if a provider is able to handle standard shipping quantities, providers should do so.
Best Practice Spotlight
VDH has received reports from providers about needles separating from syringes before or during vaccination because they are not tightly attached. Before injecting, vaccinators should always check to be sure that the needle hub is secured tightly.
Check out our complete list of updated COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Best Practices and our Lightning Learnings: Best Practices for Busy Providers!
- June 9, 3 - 4 pm: COVID-19 Vaccine Update – Pregnant Women, Children & Variants
- June 9, 3 - 4 pm: CDC and U.S. Department of Education: Strategies for Supporting College and University Students Holistically and Safely: CDC Guidance and Best Practices
- June 23, 1 - 2 pm: COVID-19 Vaccination and Children – Answering Parents’ Questions
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Beyond Use Date/Time (BUD) Tracking Label
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Handling Label
- Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Handling Label
Information about the COVID-19 vaccination program is changing frequently. This newsletter will offer regular updates to providers who have submitted an intent to vaccinate or signed the CDC provider agreement within Virginia.