COVID-19 Vaccine Providers Newsletter 05.20.2022


  • UPDATED: CDC Recommends Booster Dose for Children Aged 5 to 11 Years and Strengthens Recommendation for Second Booster
    • On May 19, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met to discuss whether to recommend a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5–11 years. The CDC Director endorsed the updated ACIP recommendations.
    • They met because on May 17, 2022 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a single booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine for this age group to be given at least 5 months after completing the primary series.
      • FDA updated the Pfizer Fact Sheets for healthcare providers, vaccine recipients, and caregivers.
      • Vaccine providers in Virginia may immediately begin administering a single Pfizer booster dose for children aged 5–11 years based on the updated CDC recommendation.
      • The Pfizer vaccine with the orange cap is formulated for children aged 5–11 years and should be used for this single booster dose. Other formulations of the Pfizer vaccine with the gray or purple cap for adolescents or adults should not be used.
      • When updated, providers can reference the CDC’s Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Approved or Authorized in the United States
      • Please continue to encourage parents and guardians to enroll their children in v-safe.
    • In addition, CDC strengthened its recommendation that those 12 years and older who are immunocompromised and those 50 years and older should receive a second booster dose at least 4 months after their first.



Memorial Day Holiday Ordering and Shipping Schedule

  • In anticipation of Memorial Day, please acquaint yourself with the ordering and shipping information below. You are encouraged to use the information below to submit orders early in the week before the holiday (Monday, May 23rd or Tuesday, May 24th) if you need vaccine for clinics over the weekend.
    • Deliveries will occur as scheduled on Friday, May 27th. If you wish to hold orders on Friday, please contact McKesson or Pfizer via the emails provided below prior to 9:00 pm ET Tuesday, May 24th.
    • Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines
      • No vaccine deliveries on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day).
    • Moderna and J&J/Janssen Distributed Vaccines
      • No vaccine deliveries on Monday, May 30, or Tuesday, May 31 (you may receive ancillary kits on Tuesday for orders arriving on June 1).
  • For questions about VaxMaX and its functionality, please visit the VaxMaX Help websitewhich includes reference guides and tutorial videos.

Best Practice Spotlight

The CDC Interim Clinical Considerations for the Use of COVID-19 Vaccines references Vaccine Recommendations and Guidelines of the ACIP, which states for adults, the deltoid muscle is recommended for routine intramuscular (IM) vaccinations. However, the anterolateral thigh can also be used. The CDC Interim Clinical Considerations also directly states that it is acceptable to administer a COVID-19 vaccine intramuscularly into the anterolateral thigh of an adult, if the deltoid muscle is not acceptable or available (Table C of CDC Clinical Considerations). The COVID-19 Vaccine Standing Order is based on guidance from CDC/ACIP, therefore the anterolateral thigh can be an acceptable alternative site for IM administration of the vaccine . Prior to administration, the vaccinator should be trained on giving IM injections into the anterolateral thigh. 

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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.

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