Dear coalition members,
Below is an updated list of educational opportunities and resources that may be of interest to providers who vaccinate adults. If you have an additional webinar or resource you'd like to see on this list, or if you have a question, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking for a back issue of these emails? These emails are being archived on the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition Website.
Transcending Covid-19 Barriers: Strategies to Increase Confidence and Acceptance
Date & Time:
: Recordings of last week's presentations are now available on the NDSU Center for Immunization Research & Education's YouTube Page. You can access the conference recordings here
. Please feel free to share with your colleagues who were unable to listen to the sessions live!
*Please note that CME credit is not available for viewing the recorded sessions.
Moderna has updated their COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet!
to find the updated EUA Fact Sheet from Moderna.
Aim Resource: Talking Points on Variants
Aim would like to share these helpful talking points on vaccine effectiveness and the variant strains of COVID-19. Click here
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.
AIM would like to share talking points on Vaccine Effectiveness and Variant Strains of the COVID-19 Virus.
The talking points can be found here
CDC Publishes Clinical Considerations: Myocarditis and Pericarditis after Receipt of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Among Adolescents and Young Adults
Since April 2021, increased cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported in the United States after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of these reports, which are rare given the number of vaccine doses administered.
CDC published clinical considerations
for myocarditis and pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination. In addition, resources for the public
have been added to CDC’s website that can be a resource for your patients. CDC and its partners are actively monitoring these reports by reviewing data and medical records to learn more about what happened and to see if there is any relationship to COVID-19 vaccination. Please report all cases of myocarditis and pericarditis post COVID-19 vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older, given the greater risk of COVID-19 illness and related, possibly severe complications.
New Extended shelf life for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine:
The FDA authorized an extension
of the shelf life for the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from 3 months to 4.5 months (an additional 6 weeks). The decision is based on data from ongoing stability assessment studies, which have demonstrated that the vaccine is stable at 4.5 months when refrigerated at temperatures of 36 – 46°F (2 – 8°C).
- Vaccine providers should visit https://vaxcheck.jnj/ to confirm the latest expiration dates of vaccine, including those currently available for administration throughout the U.S. This extension applies to refrigerated vials of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine that have been held in accordance with the manufacturer’s storage conditions.
- COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized under an EUA do not have fixed expiration dates, and their expiration dates can be extended as we get more stability data. Always be sure to check the manufacturer’s website to obtain the most up-to-date expiration dates for COVID-19 vaccines you have on hand.
Reminder Vaccine expiration dates: As the expiration draws closer, check posted manufacturer information for the most up to date expiration/extension information for vaccine lots. The MIIS also stores the correct expiration dates for vaccines. Expiration dates are reviewed and updated weekly in the MIIS.
- Consider establishing and promoting standing vaccination days or half-days to increase likelihood of larger numbers of people presenting for vaccination on the same day.
- Vaccinate family members or friends who accompany patients to medical visits even if they are not established patients at the vaccinating practice.
- Outreach to employers or other community partners that have a large membership or network to arrange vaccination events.
- Contact additional persons (i.e., personal contacts of persons being vaccinated) to use as many vaccine doses as possible.
New CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards:
As a reminder, COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards remain property of the U.S. Government until provided to the vaccine recipient following vaccination. Unauthorized use and reproduction of the cards constitute fraud. Please ensure that COVID-19 Vaccination Cards in your possession are secure to avoid their misuse. Healthcare providers can order extra print copies from the MA Health Promotion Clearinghouse.
New AIM Resource: Misinformation
Resources to help combat Vaccine Misinformation.
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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
- COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage and Intent Among Adults Aged 18–39 Years — United States, March–May 2021
- COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Adults — United States, December 14, 2020–May 22, 2021
- COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women During Pregnancy — Eight Integrated Health Care Organizations, United States, December 14, 2020–May 8, 2021