MDPH Immunization Division is pleased to present the following FREE
accredited COVID-19 Vaccine content. These training sessions are designed for health care providers, vaccine coordinators, and all health care personnel who handle and/or administer COVID-19 vaccines.
Catch-up Immunization, Catching Up in the Time of COVID
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 12-1pm
The Immunization Services Division is excited to invite you to the next Current Issues in Immunization Webinar. This webinar entitled “Catch-up Immunization, Catching Up in the Time of COVID
” will take place on Wednesday, July 14
at 12pm-1pm (ET)
. During this presentation, Melinda Wharton MD, MPH and Andrew Kroger MD, MPH will be providing information and guidance on catching up on missed vaccinations during COVID.
Please note: There is no
pre-registration for this webinar. Webinar line capacity is limited to the first 1500 callers, and participation will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
If you are unable to join live, this webinar will be recorded
and will be posted on this webpage
Visit the direct link to join
the webinar on Wednesday.
Please share this widely with interested COVID-19 vaccination providers in your jurisdiction.
CDC Interim Clinical Considerations (Updated 7/2/20)
CDC and WhatsApp, a multiplatform messaging app, launch “Mi Chat Sobre Vacunas COVID” to help Spanish-speaking communities find information about vaccine locations and get answers to frequently asked questions
- A new section on considerations for use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in people with a history of myocarditis or pericarditis added to considerations for vaccination of people with certain underlying medical conditions.
- New information on the occurrence of myocarditis or pericarditis following vaccination with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines added to patient counseling.
The CDC and WhatsApp, a multiplatform messaging app, launched Mi Chat Sobre Vacunas COVID
to increase vaccination rates among Latinx Americans. Users can message (833) 636-1122 from their app and receive information about nearby vaccination locations, arrange a free ride to get vaccinated, and get answers to frequently asked questions from the CDC helpline.
American Pharmacists Association offers “Vaccine Confident” program to foster communication and understanding about COVID-19 vaccines
The American Pharmacists Association
(APhA) is collaborating with the CDC on Vaccine Confident
, a multifaceted project that leverages pharmacists’ accessibility and trusting relationships with patients to promote confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. Resources available include:
- A broad array of practice resources to keep pharmacists informed about COVID-19 vaccine developments and help pharmacists engage patients who have questions. These include fact sheets, toolkits, playbooks, and other resources.
- Continuing pharmacy education (CPE) programs covering core topics a pharmacist needs to know about this fast-changing disease
- Public-oriented materials with science-based, unbiased information about the vaccines in multiple languages, including vaccine development, administration, effectiveness, side effects, and benefits
- Dozens of short videos for social media, showing pharmacists discussing why they got vaccinated, why they recommend COVID-19 vaccines to their patients, and how they respond to their patients’ questions and concerns
- A series of success stories as pharmacists discuss vaccine issues with their patients
HHS’s COVID-19 Community Corps adds COVID-19 toolkits for LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and faith-based leaders (also available in Spanish) to its library of resources
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) national campaign We Can Do This
aims to increase uptake of COVID-19 vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing. Through a nationwide network of trusted messengers and consistent, fact-based messaging, the campaign helps people make informed decisions about their health and COVID-19. The effort is driven by communication science and provides tailored information for at-risk groups.
"We Can Do This" recently added toolkits for LGBTQ+ Community
, People with Disabilities
, Faith-Based Leaders
, and Faith-Based Leaders – Spanish
under the Resources and Toolkits tab on wecandothis.hhs.gov
Order IAC’s free, CDC-supported “Me Vacuné Contra el COVID-19” buttons and stickers to encourage vaccination in Latinx communities. Also available in English.
Public health departments, nonprofit organizations, and all clinics that provide vaccination services in communities experiencing health disparities or vaccine hesitancy can order IAC’s FREE I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine buttons and stickers
, provided with support from CDC. Spanish-language buttons and stickers are cheerful, highly visible tools to help you communicate the importance of COVID-19 vaccination in Latinx communities. Access this order form
to request the FREE buttons and stickers in Spanish and English for your outreach efforts.
Buttons and stickers remain available for sale to those not eligible for the CDC-funded supplies.
Johns Hopkins' campaign, "Get the Facts about the Vax," helps people make informed decisions about COVID-19 vaccine
Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs' campaign Get the Facts about the Vax offers easily digestible and trustworthy information on the COVID-19 vaccines. The campaign materials are publicly accessible, providing accurate and research-driven information that can help people make an informed decision about getting vaccinated.
To learn more about the "Get the Facts about the Vax" campaign and to access the campaign toolkit materials, visit www.vaxfacts.jhu.edu.
Resources for refugees, immigrants, and migrants
Free, customizable, and translated campaigns for anyone to use. Materials are available in 30+ languages that are representative of refugee populations arriving in the US and living in Massachusetts.
Resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have low literacy:
Download the CDC pre-vaccination checklist in multiple languages
Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Vaccine Boosters
The following statement regarding COVID-19 vaccine booster doses was released 7/8/2021:
The United States is fortunate to have highly effective vaccines that are widely available for those aged 12 and up. People who are fully vaccinated are protected from severe disease and death, including from the variants currently circulating in the country such as Delta. People who are not vaccinated remain at risk. Virtually all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated. We encourage Americans who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their community.
Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time. FDA, CDC, and NIH are engaged in a science-based, rigorous process to consider whether or when a booster might be necessary. This process takes into account laboratory data, clinical trial data, and cohort data – which can include data from specific pharmaceutical companies, but does not rely on those data exclusively. We continue to review any new data as it becomes available and will keep the public informed. We are prepared for booster doses if and when the science demonstrates that they are needed.
To read the statement, please visit the HHS website:
Screening Forms and Standing Orders Updated to Incorporate Guidance on Myocarditis and Pericarditis
COVID-19 Pre-vaccination Screening Form updated 7-6-21
Standing Order Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine updated 7-6-21
Standing Order Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine updated 7-6-21
Inforgraphic developed by AIM on different types of false information and what to do about them.
This infographic can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/FactCheckInfographic
Moderna has made supporting patients a little easier going forward!
Visit their website
and you'll have access to:
- Answers to patients’ most-asked COVID-19 vaccine questions
- A downloadable patient flyer for your office that directs your patients to answers
- An info sheet to help your patients understand what to expect with their COVID-19 vaccine
- A way to sign up for updates from Moderna
to access this helpful information.
Updated each Thursday by 5pm.
This weekly report features information on COVID-19 vaccine supply distribution, administration, and other data for Massachusetts. Key metrics include:
- Number of doses of vaccine shipped and administered;
- the number of people vaccinated;
- Vaccine distribution numbers by county;
- Age and race/ethnicity breakdowns of those receiving vaccines; and
- Vaccines administered by different types of providers
MDPH COVID-19 Vaccine Website for Providers
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has updated its COVID-19 Vaccine website for providers. Here you will find information about prioritization, storage, handling, and other relevant information related to vaccination efforts. You also will find:
- Detailed guidance for healthcare providers and organizations
- Answers to frequently asked questions by providers
- Links to CDC and FDA resources
MDPH recommends checking the website frequently in order to stay up to date with the latest information.
Link to most recent Immunization MMWRs
The following vaccine related articles can be found here
Recent CDC MMWRs related to immunization: