Immunizations During COVID-19

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Featured Updates

CDC Vaccine Planning Link

CDC's Vaccines webpage contains vaccine-specific content added to the agency's extensive COVID-19 website. 

APhA Immunization Education Library

A collection of CE to help pharmacists meet requirements under the new authorities to provide immunizations.

COVID-19 Vaccines Webinar

The latest information about unique storage considerations for the COVID-19 vaccines in development as well as handling and other logistics.

Providing Immunizations

Pharmacy-based Immunizations for Pediatric Patients (October 1)
This new program meets the minimum 2 hours of ACPE-accredited, immunization-related CPE required in HHS’s authorization under the Prep Act. (CPE)

APhA Know the Facts: Vaccine Storage and Handling (September 18)
A quick guide to help you identify key components of the CDC VFC recommendations. To protect the integrity of vaccine supply and to secure access to vaccine supply provided by federal and state entities, pharmacists should strive to adhere to these CDC-reviewed recommendations. (PDF)

APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar: New HHS Vaccine Authorities (September 17)
Get the latest on the new HHS vaccine authorities for pharmacists. Learn the requirements under these authorities and the ongoing actions being taken at the state and federal levels so pharmacists can engage in expanded vaccine services. (Video - Slides)

APhA Know the Facts: Pharmacists' Authority to Immunize During COVID-19 (September 17)
A comparison chart about the requirements for pharmacists to provide COVID-19 and childhood vaccines under new HHS authority during the public health emergency. (PDF)

APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar: Phall, Phlu, Pharmacy Amidst COVID-19 (September 10)
Learn about recommendations for the upcoming influenza season, the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and new approaches to immunization activities in your practice. (Video - Slides)

Well-Child Visit Templates: Tools to Meet HHS Requirement (September 9)
A Task Force on Pharmacist Engagement in State-Based COVID Vaccination comprising APhA, NASPA, and NCPA and state pharmacy association executives developed three tools for use by pharmacists to satisfy the requirement under the HHS Amendments authorizing pharmacists to administer childhood and COVID-19 vaccines. The latest HHS Amendment states: "the licensed pharmacist must, if the patient is 18 years of age or younger, inform the patient and the adult caregiver accompanying the patient of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate." Two tools are Word documents, so individuals may customize or add data. 
Well-Child Visit Brochure (PDF)
Template Referral Form Well-Child Visit (Word)
Well-Child Checkup Letter (Word)

APhA Know the Facts: Vaccination Basics: A Guide for Pharmacists Vaccinating During the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 8)
While scientists around the world work to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), many pharmacists remain on the front line, providing essential patient care services during this public health crisis, including vaccinations. Here are vaccination FAQs. (PDF)

APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar: Immunizations; Testing (May 28)
Watch the latest information on national recommendations for pharmacists providing immunizations during the pandemic, considerations for the upcoming fall season, and an update on COVID-19 vaccine development. APhA staff also provided an update on billing and payment for COVID-19 testing. Our guest speaker was Dr. L.J. Tan, Chief Strategy Officer for the Immunization Action Coalition. (Video - Slides)

Public Resource Links

View the HHS announcement, Trump Administration Takes Action to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines, authorizing pharmacists to order and administer--and pharmacist interns to administer--COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved or licensed by FDA to all individuals age 3 or older. Pharmacist interns must do so while acting under the supervision of qualified pharmacist. (September 9) (APhA News Release)

View the related HHS Guidance for Licensed Pharmacists and Pharmacy Interns Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity under the PREP Act(September 9)

View the HHS announcement, HHS Expands Access to Childhood Vaccines during COVID-19 Pandemic, authorizing pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children nationwide during the public health emergency. (August 19) (APhA News Release)

CDC’s Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic provides a collection of federal resources designed to guide vaccine planning during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the Interim Guidance for Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Real-Time)

CDC’s Guidance for Pharmacies includes a section on providing routine clinical preventive services that require face-to-face encounters, including adult vaccinations, based on local conditions. (Real-Time)

CDC’s Schedule Changes and Guidance provides up-to-date vaccine recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is changing rapidly and requires different strategies to maintain clinical preventive services, including immunization. (Real-Time)

CDC's #HowIRecommend Vaccination Video Series features short videos from pharmacists and other clinicians explain the importance of vaccination, how to effectively address questions from parents about vaccine safety and effectiveness, and how clinicians routinely recommend same day vaccination to their patients. (Real-Time)

CDC’s Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers includes a section on maintaining childhood immunizations and well-child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Real-Time)

CDC's Mass Vaccination Clinic Guidance will help you with clinical and COVID-19 considerations in planning for and implementing satellite, temporary, or offsite vaccination clinics. (Real-Time)

CDC’s resource, Pandemic Vaccine Program Distribution, Tracking, and Monitoring, for state health department planning of vaccinations during COVID-19 is a framework to guide influenza and COVID-19 vaccination efforts at the state level. (PDF)

Vaccines in Development

APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Logistics (October 8)
Get the latest information about unique storage considerations for the COVID-19 vaccines in development as well as handling and other logistics in working with the community to help increase patient access. (Video - Slides)

APhA Information on NIAID Volunteer Opportunity: Recruit Volunteers to Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials (August 27)
The COVID-19 Prevention Network is seeking the assistance of pharmacists and pharmacy personnel to inform the public of the opportunity to participate in the clinical trials.

APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial Process (August 20)
Learn about the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial process, including enrollment of volunteers in clinical trials, and the ongoing vaccine safety monitoring where pharmacists will continue to play an important role, especially when the COVID-19 vaccine hits the market. (Video Slides)

APhA 15 on COVID-19: mRNA Vaccines (July 24)
As the number of COVID-19 cases has started to spike again in the U.S., there is an increased focus on COVID-19 vaccines. Join us for today's 15 on COVID-19 episode as we look at the new mRNA vaccine technology, and look at the early data to see if they are a viable option for preventing COVID-19. (CPE)

Public Resource Links

HHS's Tell Me More About Vaccines is a 6:32 video that provides expert commentary and graphic illustration to explain the science of vaccine development. (Video)

CDC's Vaccines webpage contains vaccine-specific content added to the agency's extensive COVID-19 website. (Real-Time)

FDA's COVID-19 Vaccines webpage highlights new information as it becomes available. (Real-Time)

CHOP’s Questions and Answers About COVID-19 Vaccines is a FAQ compilation of some common questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines being developed to prevent it. (Real-Time)

Advocacy on Immunizations

HHS Authorizes Pharmacists to Order and Administer COVID-19 Vaccines (September 9)
On September 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued federal guidance authorizing pharmacists to order and administer (and interns to administer) COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized or licensed by FDA to all individuals age 3 or older, under certain conditions

APhA Urges NASEM to Prioritize Pharmacists in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution (September 4)
On September 4, APhA and 12 other pharmacy organizations submitted comments to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to prioritize the COVID-19 vaccination of pharmacists and pharmacy staff in Tier 1 since they are front-line health care providers and essential to community protection and continuity of care and prominently include pharmacists in plans for the allocation and distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine. 

HHS Calls on Pharmacists to Expand Access to Childhood Vaccines during COVID-19 Pandemic (August 20)
On August 20, pharmacists achieved a major win when HHS authorized licensed pharmacists to provide all CDC ACIP-recommended and FDA-approved or licensed vaccines to children ages 3-18 nationwide during COVID-19. APhA, along with other national pharmacy organizations, advocated to HHS to provide this authority. APhA also joined the pharmacist community in thanking HHS’ bold action and urging them to work with us to also increase adult vaccination and distribution.

APhA Urges the States to Include Community Pharmacists in Vaccine Distribution Plans (August 19)
On August 19, APhA sent a joint letter to the National Governors Association (NGA) urging the states to use all willing and able community pharmacies in their plans for mass immunizations of COVID-19 and CDC ACIP-recommended vaccines. APhA will continue to work with the states for widespread implementation.

APhA Urges Congress to Authorize Pharmacists’ COVID Testing and Immunization Services under Medicare in Next Pandemic Bill (July 24)
In a letter delivered on July 24 to Congressional Leadership, APhA requested immediate action to address the growing need to expand COVID-19 testing and immunization services by providing all pharmacists with temporary provider status in Medicare Part B. 

APhA Asks HHS to Remove Barriers for Pharmacists to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines Nationwide (June 29)
On June 29, APhA joined 12 other national pharmacy organizations requesting HHS remove barriers now for pharmacists to provide COVID-19 vaccines nationwide to all patients in preparation for when a vaccine is available. APhA continues to work closely with the Administration on increasing authorities, coverage, and payment issues for immunizations. Advocacy summary.
 

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