November/December 2021

COVID-19 for Ages 5-11 years

Multiple vaccine manufacturers are currently developing COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 12 years old. An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) application for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5-11 years old has been submitted to the FDA and may receive authorization before other vaccines. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to meet on November 2nd and 3rd, 2021. To be prepared to vaccinate children 5–11 years (pending FDA authorization and CDC recommendations) you must be enrolled in the VA COVID-19 Vaccination program. If your site has not yet enrolled, visit the Virginia Electronic Registration for Immunization Programs (VERIP) system and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Intent form. Once the intent form has been submitted, a Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS) Trainer will assist your office regarding enrollment into the COVID-19 Vaccination program and any necessary training in VIIS.

HPV Research Outreach

You are invited to participate in the HPV Vaccine Study conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University researcher Dr. Shillpa Naavaal and her team in partnership with Janaye Oliver, Adolescent Immunization Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health. The purpose of this study is to better understand the practices, perceptions, and provider experiences related to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. VDH leadership support Dr. Naavaal in her research and would encourage you to provide your input on this important topic. This brief survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary. Participants who complete the survey will have a chance to enter in a gift card raffle and win one of twenty $50 gift cards. If you’re interested in participating, please click the link below.
This research study is approved by the VCU Institutional Review Board (# HM20020517). For any questions or more information about the study, please contact us at hpvstudy@vcu.edu.

Inventory Documentation Requirement

Avoid ordering delays by reporting accurate on-hand inventory with your vaccine orders.
Note: Does not apply to WebVision users.

Holiday Preparations

Vaccine shipments from McKesson will be HELD:
November 2nd, 11th, and 24th.
December 22nd-24th and 29th-31st.
Orders entered by noon on December 10th should arrive before the break.

The Order Center will not enter direct-ship orders to avoid deliveries from Merck during these time periods. However, a few direct-shipments might arrive from Merck since they cannot be held as done with refrigerated vaccines shipped by McKesson. Providers should indicate any changes to routine hours on the order form and should order vaccine mindful of their Holiday closures.

Simultaneous Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days. If multiple vaccines are administered at a single visit, administer each injection in a different injection site. For adolescents and adults, the deltoid muscle can be used for more than one intramuscular injection administered at different sites in the muscle.
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Sept to Oct 2021

Outstanding VVFC Compliance
Children First, Dumfries
INOVA Cares Clinic for Children, Falls Church
Rockbridge Area Health Center, Lexington
South Boston Pediatrics, South Boston
Wellness Pediatrics, Fairfax

Adult Vaccine Update

Special One-Time Allowance Regarding 317-Purchased Flu Vaccine
CDC is providing a one-time special allowance during the 2021-2022 flu season to allow 317-purchased flu vaccine to be administered to all adults regardless of insurance status. Priority for 317 flu vaccine should be given to individuals without other means of receiving flu vaccine, and screening for insurance is recommended if the vaccine is administered in an office setting.
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