COVID-19 Vaccine Providers Newsletter 10.06.2021

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced two upcoming meetings of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) to discuss newly available data regarding the three approved COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.
    • VRBPAC is meeting on October 14 to15 to discuss booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson &Johnson/Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines. Given the timeline of previous decisions around COVID-19 vaccines, we are preparing for CDC guidance for the Moderna and J&J booster doses the week of October 18.
    • The committee will also hear presentations and discuss available data on the use of a booster of a different vaccine than the one used for the primary series of an authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine (heterologous or “mix and match” booster).
    • VRBPAC will also meet on October 26 to discuss amending Pfizer-BioNTech’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to include the use of its Pfizer COVID-19  vaccine among children aged 5 to 11years . We are preparing for CDC guidance for this age group to occur the week of November 1.
    • For more information, please refer to the FDA's press release here.
  • NEW:  CDC Health Alert Network - COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant People to Prevent Serious Illness, Deaths, and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes from COVID-19 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends urgent action to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks. As of September 27, 2021, more than 125,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in pregnant people, including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths. Media Statement here.
  • FDA: Press Release: FDA to Hold Advisory Committee Meetings to Discuss Emergency Use Authorization for Booster Doses and COVID-19 Vaccines for Younger Children On October 14 and 15, the advisory committee will meet to discuss the use of booster doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. Both vaccines are currently authorized for emergency use to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older.  The FDA anticipates receiving a request from Pfizer to amend its emergency use authorization to allow the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children 5 through 11 years of age. In anticipation of the request, the FDA is moving forward with scheduling an advisory committee meeting on October 26 to inform the agency’s decision-making.
  • UPDATE: On October 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made a technical amendment to the current COVID-19 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act declaration. The amendment will clarify that liability immunity and Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program eligibility applies to any COVID-19 vaccine recommendation by CDC (including those adopted from ACIP recommendations). The updated declaration is available here.
  • Vaccination FAQs
    • New: Doses of booster shot; examples of high-risk occupations or settings; booster guidance for HCPs; booster guidance for LTCFs
    • Updated: vaccination numbers; risk of reinfection after vaccination; updated fact sheets for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients and vaccine providers; duration of protection and booster doses; myocarditis and booster doses; pregnant people and booster doses; status of COVID-19 vaccines for children; definition of fully vaccinated; mobile units.
  • Moderna Shelf Life Extension- We are being told that a shelf life extension is very likely to come through for Lots of Moderna currently in circulation, as long as they have been kept at frozen conditions. Please check at the site listed below to see if your Lots are subject to this extension. It may also take a few days to update on their site, so even if the doses don't register immediately please check again in a few days.
  • Monoclonal Antibody Ordering Integration Into Vaxmax
    • Starting next Tuesday, mAB ordering will be available through your Vaxmax portal to alleviate having to place orders for different treatments in different places. To place an order you must already be enrolled with AmerisourceBergen as a supplier. We are going to keep the current REDCap request survey open through at least the end of next week to allow for continuity with our current process, but we ask that you place your request in one location or the other but not both.
    • If you're not currently an mAB provider but are interested in becoming one please reach out to our mAB inbox at
  • For questions about VaxMaX and its functionality, please visit the VaxMaX Help website, which includes reference guides and tutorial videos.

Best Practice Spotlight

  • Now is the best time to encourage patients to receive their seasonal influenza vaccine if they haven't already. We support and encourage coadministration of the COVID-19 vaccine with other non-live vaccines, such as influenza (with the exception of Flumist). If multiple vaccines are administered at the same time, remember to administer each vaccine at a different injection site, at least 1 inch apart, or in separate arms. With the recent approval of Pfizer COVID-19 boosters, educate and encourage patients to get their booster and flu shot together!  For more information on coadministration, please refer to Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines 
  • Check out our complete list of COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Best Practices and our Lightning Learnings: Best Practices for Busy Providers!

Upcoming Events

  • Join the Public Health Workforce: Morale, Mental Health, and Moving Forward on Wednesday, October 6 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EDT for a free webinar for public health communicators, focused on morale, mental health, and the future of the public health workforce. This webinar will address the ongoing challenges of dealing with misinformation, political divides, and even harassment that the public health workforce faces during the pandemic. It will provide space for candid conversation and dialogue and sharing messaging and communications tools to help public health officials support their workforce, their colleagues, and their own mental health. Expert speakers will cover topics such as: building inner resilience, internal communications tips to support the public health workforce, looking toward the future of public health through a communications lens, and why the pandemic underscores the need for sustained investments in public health infrastructure.  Please register here in advance.
  • Join the Virginia Department of Health for a webinar on "COVID-19 Boosters and New Therapies: What’s New, What’s True" on October 6, 2021 from 6 PM to 7 PM EDT. This one-hour webinar has been approved for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit / Continuing Education (CE) credit for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. The webinar is free and open to all healthcare professionals and all healthcare staff.  Please share details with colleagues and members of your professional organizations.
  • National Academy of Sciences presents “Incorporating Lessons Learned during COVID-19 into Disaster Planning”on Wednesday, October 6 at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT.  The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for disaster planners and responders, bringing to light both shortfalls and opportunities.  Join us for a discussion of lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how those lessons can inform future planning for emergencies. Featuring Curtis Brown, State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management.  Register here.
  • We are happy to announce that VDH is hosting two webinars covering a detailed overview on what the FDA and CDC have announced for COVID-19 third doses and booster shots and what it means for providers in Virginia. These webinars will be hosted by Dr. Danny Avula, Dr. Chris Ghaemmaghami, and Dr. Alexis Page, will run for 45 minutes, and will provide time for a Q&A session. There will be two separate days for the webinar, so if you can't join one session you will have an opportunity to join the other! See below for the details on when the webinars are and how to join.
  • All You Need to Know About Third Dose and Booster Shots (Session 2) - Thursday, October 7 at 6:00PM to 6:45 PM EDT.
    • Please click this link to join the webinar on Zoom.
    • Passcode: 727479
    • Join via one tap mobile : US: +12133388477,,91083258526#,,,,*727479#  or +17209289299,,91083258526#,,,,*727479#
    • Join via telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 213 338 8477  or +1 720 928 9299  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 518 9805
    • Webinar ID: 910 8325 8526
    • Passcode: 727479
  • COCA Call: 2021–2022 Recommendations for Influenza Prevention and Treatment in Children: An Update for Pediatric Practitioners -Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT: During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CDC will discuss strategies primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve, prevent, and control influenza among children this season.
    • Zoom Link,  Passcode: 214351, Telephone 669 254 5252, One-tap mobile: +16692545252,,1601173046#,,,,*214351#
  • On Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EDT, the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will meet to discuss the use of booster doses of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine.  Additional meeting information is available here.
  • VRBPAC will also be meeting on Tuesday, October 26 to discuss Pfizer's data on its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 years.  The live stream link is here and additional meeting info will be available here.

Helpful Resources

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.

VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response: Healthcare Professionals Website