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Vaccination News, Educational Opportunities, & Vaccine Resources


Immunization News
  • NEW: ACIP Recommendations on Use of Influenza Vaccines for
    2021-22 Influenza Season
  • Baker-Polito Administration Announces Expanded Vaccine Requirement for Long-Term Care Providers and Home Care Workers
Educational Opportunities
  • NEW: Important Information for Healthcare Providers about Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
  • NEW: Translating Covid-19 Strategies To Improve Influenza Seasonal Flu Vaccination Efforts
  • NEW: MCAAP Immunization Initiative Webinar Series: 2021-2022 Influenza Season Update
  • NEW:  Understanding Vaccine Confidence and Vaccine Hesitancy
Immunization Resource
  • Link to Most Recent Immunization MMWRs 

Dear coalition members, 

Below is a compilation of recent news, educational opportunities, resources for adult vaccination.  If you have an additional news, and educational opportunity, or resource you'd like to see on this list, or if you have a question, please reach out to me at amy_sgueglia@jsi.com.  Looking for a back issue of these emails?  These emails are being archived on the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition Website.  

Take care, 

Amy Sgueglia
Coalition Facilitator
 


IMMUNIZATION NEWS
 

ACIP Recommendations on Use of Influenza Vaccines for
2021-22 Influenza Season

The CDC has released the ACIP flu recommendations in this report: Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2021–22 Influenza Season.

You may review a summary of the new flu recommendations, here, or the 4-page pdf summary document, suitable for printing, here.

The 2021–22 influenza season will coincide with the continued circulation of SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus associated with coronavirus disease 2019 [COVID-19]).
 
Some key points this season include:
  • All Seasonal influenza vaccines expected to be available for the 2021-22 season are quadrivalent.
  • While it is uncertain what might happen this upcoming flu season, relaxed COVID-19 mitigation measures will likely result in the resumption of seasonal flu virus circulation.
  • Reduced population immunity due to lack of flu virus activity since March 2020 could result in an early and possibly severe flu season. Also, co-circulation of flu, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), and other respiratory viruses like RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) could place a renewed high burden on the health care system.
  • Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. Use every opportunity to administer flu vaccine to everyone age 6 months and older without contraindications.
  • Getting an annual flu vaccine this fall is very important to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community against flu.
  • Vaccination is especially important for people who are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, for example people of any age with a chronic condition like a breathing or lung problem, heart disease, or a weakened immune system. Many people at higher risk from flu are also at higher risk of severe illness from COVID.
  • Guidance regarding coadministration of influenza vaccines with other vaccines has been updated to reflect consideration for COVID-19 vaccination. Current guidance indicates that COVID-19 vaccines can be coadministered with other vaccines, including influenza vaccines. Providers should consult current COVID-19 vaccine recommendations and guidance for up-to date information. ACIP recommendations and CDC Clinical Considerations should be checked periodically for updated information.
  • During 2019–2020, nearly 200 flu deaths in children were reported to CDC in the United States. About 80% of those children were not vaccinated against flu. Flu can be serious for kids, and a flu vaccine is the best way to protect your kids from flu.
  • Guidance concerning timing of influenza vaccination now states that vaccination soon after vaccine becomes available can be considered for pregnant women in the third trimester. As previously recommended, children who need 2 doses … should receive their first dose as soon as possible after vaccine becomes available to allow the second dose (which must be administered ≥4 weeks later) to be received by the end of October. For nonpregnant adults, vaccination in July and August should be avoided unless there is concern that later vaccination might not be possible.
  • Vaccination should occur by the end of October if possible. But, vaccination efforts should continue through the fall, into the winter months and throughout the season. In New England, flu activity usually lasts until April or May.
  • The approved age indication for the cell culture–based inactivated influenza vaccine, Flucelvax Quadrivalent (ccIIV4), has been expanded from ages ≥4 years to ages ≥2 years.
  • Contraindications and precautions to the use of ccIIV4 and RIV4 have been modified. See the MMWR or Summary for details.
 
Helpful Influenza resources:  
Helpful Clinic Resources:  
 


Baker-Polito Administration Announces Expanded Vaccine Requirement for Long-Term Care Providers and Home Care Workers
All staff mandated to be vaccinated by October 31, 2021
 

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced plans to require COVID-19 vaccination for all staff at rest homes, assisted living residences (ALRs), hospice programs, as well as for home care workers (HCWs) providing in-home, direct care services. The plan to expand the vaccine requirement for caregivers is subject to Public Health Council (PHC) approval and is part of the Administration’s continued effort to protect older adults against COVID-19. Last month, the Administration announced a vaccine requirement for employees of skilled nursing facilities.

Following PHC approval, the requirement would be implemented through the respective DPH and EOEA regulations that would cover 62 freestanding Rest Homes and 268 Assisted Living Residences in Massachusetts, 85 hospice programs and up to 100,000 Home Care Workers across the Commonwealth, subject to regulatory requirement.

Vaccination Requirement for Rest Homes, Assisted Living Residences, Hospice Programs and Home Care Workers:

All personnel at rest homes, ALRs, hospice programs, and home care workers will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by October 31, 2021 unless they qualify for a limited exemption because they have a medical condition that prevents them from receiving vaccination or they object to vaccination based on a sincerely held religious belief. 

For rest homes, ALRs, hospice settings, the requirement applies to all individuals employed directly by the provider/facility as well as contractors who regularly enter the facility.

The vaccination requirement for home care workers applies to individuals providing in-home, direct care who are employed by an agency that is contracted or subcontracted with the Commonwealth, including:

  • Home health agencies enrolled in the MassHealth program
  • Home care agencies providing services under the state’s home care program
  • Continuous Skilled Nursing agencies enrolled in the MassHealth program
  • Hospice programs (including hospice facilities and agencies that provide services in homes) Group Adult Foster Care agencies enrolled in the MassHealth program delivering personal care services that assist individuals with eating, toileting, dressing, bathing, transferring, and mobility.
 
The vaccination requirement also applies to independent, non-agency-based home care workers contracted with the state providing in-home, direct care including:
  • Independent Nurses enrolled in the MassHealth program
  • Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) providing services through the MassHealth program
  • Consumer Directed Care (CDC) workers providing services under EOEA’s self-directed program.
 
 

   

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
 

Title: Important Information for Healthcare Providers about Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Dates: September 14, 2021, 3:00 PM ET, September 15, 2021, 12:00 PM ET, September 16, 2021, 3:00 PM ET

Join Moderna for a webinar to learn about the investigational Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, which has been authorized for emergency use in the United States. There will be no continuing education offered for this webinar. Please register at the link below for one of our currently available dates/times.

Register Here: September 14th
Register Here: September 15th
Register Here: September 16th

 
 
Title: Translating Covid-19 Strategies To Improve Influenza Seasonal Flu Vaccination Efforts

Date: September 20, 2021, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

Registration is now open!  The topics will include:
  • Information to improve influenza vaccination for underserved populations and for improving vaccine equity 
  • Strategies to reach small communities from a public health perspective  
  • Making a strong recommendation for influenza vaccination this season 
  • Pharmacist and pharmacy lessons learned for improving vaccine access and vaccine equity for vulnerable populations
Speakers will include:
  • Laura Lee Hall, PhD, president, Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity, National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF)
  • Amy Callis, BA, MPH, principal and owner, Devi Partners
  • Sarah Price, director of public health integration, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) 
  • Jennie McLaurin, MD, specialist, child and migrant health, bioethics, Migrant Clinicians Network
  • Mitchel Rothholz, RPh, MBA, executive director, American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation
Following these presentations, ample time has been reserved for you to ask questions. This live question and answer session will include additional experts from the Immunization Action Coalition.

Register Here
 

Title: MCAAP Immunization Initiative Webinar Series: 2021-2022 Influenza Season Update

Date: September 30, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Presenter: Lisa Grohskopf, MD, MPH, Medical Officer, Influenza ACIP Lead, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Register Here
 
Title: Understanding Vaccine Confidence and Vaccine Hesitancy

Date:  Monday, October 4, 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Join the BU School of Public Health for a conversation about vaccine confidence and hesitancy with Dr. Heidi Larson. Dr. Larson’s new book, “Stuck: How Vaccine Rumors Start — and Why They Don’t Go Away” examines the origin of vaccine hesitancy, and efforts to address the anxiety and reluctance surrounding them.

Moderated by Sandro Galea. Sponsor: Boston University School of Public Health
   

 

IMMUNIZATION RESOURCES

 
Link to most recent Immunization MMWRs
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