Vaccination News, Educational Opportunities, & Vaccine Resources
- NEW: JSI is now hiring to support the MIIS Help Desk
- Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Availability
- NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course (Virtual)
- NEW: Coadministration of Influenza, COVID-19, and Other Routine Vaccines
- NEW: Flu Season 2021-2022 Tool Kit
- Updated Pfizer resources
- CDC guidance around coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines
- Link to Most Recent Immunization MMWRs
Dear coalition members,
I hope everyone is doing well. Below is a compilation of recent news, educational opportunities, and resources for adult vaccination. Don't forget, our colleagues at the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics are hosting the 26th Annual MIAP Pediatric Immunization Conference on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Please visit the conference website for more information.
If you have an additional news, an educational opportunity, 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.
NOW HIRING! - MIIS Help Desk Positions
JSI is currently hiring the following two positions to support the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) help desk at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
JSI is hiring an Immunization System Roll Out Coordinator
to work in the MIIS helpdesk. This full time position will help manage the on-boarding process for a large volume of provider sites and organizations, develop and facilitate trainings in multiple modalities for large groups of medical providers, school nurses, and local health departments, and provide exceptional front-line customer service and technical assistance to individuals contacting the MIIS Help Desk.
JSI is also hiring a MIIS Immunization System Coordinator
to support the MIIS help desk. Candidates for this position will provide exceptional front-line customer service and technical assistance to individuals contacting the MIIS Help Desk and need assistance with registering, accessing, and using the MIIS.
For more information about these positions, please visit the JSI careers page
Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Availability
Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced how eligible Massachusetts residents initially can access Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots. In accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pfizer COVID-19 Booster is now available to individuals 65 years of age and older, individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions, and individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine. These residents are eligible to receive their Pfizer booster shot at least 6 months after their second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer COVID-19 Booster shots are now available for:
- Individuals 65 years of age and older.
- Individuals 18-64 years of age at risk for severe COVID-19 due to certain underlying medical conditions as defined by the CDC.
- Individuals 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional settings.
To view more information from the CDC, please click here
“The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
“The Baker-Polito Administration has been working with pharmacies, local boards of health and other health care providers to ensure eligible residents will be able to access the Pfizer booster vaccines at hundreds of locations across the Commonwealth. If you have questions about whether getting the booster is right for you, we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider.”
Massachusetts residents will be able to receive Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses from more than 460 locations, including over 450 retail pharmacies, with some appointments available now for booking. Additional appointments are expected to come online in the coming days. Additionally, the Administration is finalizing plans with other health care providers, including some Regional Collaboratives and local boards of health and mobile providers for Massachusetts residents to receive their Pfizer COVID-19 booster; these sites are expected to open during October. The Administration has been engaging with these partners, including local boards of health, community health centers, and Regional Collaboratives, over the last several weeks to encourage their participation in the booster rollout.
Initially, approximately 600,000 residents are eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots under these federal eligibility criteria. The Commonwealth expects to have capacity to administer over 300,000 Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots per week by mid-October.
If you are eligible, here are the steps to find a convenient location for getting a Pfizer COVID-19 Booster:
- Visit the Vaxfinder tool at vaxfinder.mass.gov for a full list of hundreds of locations to receive a booster. Residents will be able to narrow results to search for locations that are offering boosters, with some appointments available now for booking. Additional appointments are expected to come online in the coming days. Many locations will be booking appointments out weeks in advance.
- For individuals who are unable to use Vaxfinder, or have difficulty accessing the internet, the COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line (Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9AM-2PM) by calling 2-1-1 and following the prompts is available for assistance. The COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Line is available in English and Spanish and has translators available to in approximately 100 additional languages.
To protect the health and safety of all long-term care residents from COVID-19, all Massachusetts long term care facilities, including the two Soldiers’ Homes have been prioritized for Pfizer booster shots. The Department of Public Health has been working with long-term care facilities and their pharmacy partners to ensure residents and staff receive Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses onsite.
Vaccines are widely available across the Commonwealth. Getting vaccinated remains the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves, their families, and their community. Fully vaccinated residents should receive a COVID-19 booster shot when they are eligible and as vaccines are authorized by the CDC.
The COVID-19 booster is safe, effective, and free. Individuals do not need an ID or health insurance to access a booster and do not need to show a vaccine card when getting a booster. Additional information on the COVID-booster, including FAQs, can be found at Mass.gov/COVID19booster.
Individuals can check if they are eligible for a booster using the eligibility tool at mass.gov/BoosterCheck.
As more information becomes available on booster vaccines for individuals who have received either the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine, the Administration will provide updated information.
Massachusetts leads the nation in vaccine administration, with over 99% of the 65 and older population having received at least one dose. Over 4.6 million individuals are fully vaccinated, with almost 90% of all adults having at least one dose.
Title: Coadministration of Influenza, Covid-19, and Other Routine Vaccines
October 19, 2021, 2:00 PM ET
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, annual influenza (flu) vaccination is critical not only to help prevent flu and serious related complications, but also to prevent additional strain on the US healthcare system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as other vaccines, including influenza vaccines.
NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD, will moderate a discussion with National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Chair Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine; Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Chair Grace M. Lee, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University; and NFID Director Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH Professor in Vaccinology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
There is no fee to participate in this activity, but pre-registration is required.
Title: NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course (Virtual)
November 15, 2021, 10:45 AM ET - 5:00 PM ET
November 16, 2021, 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM ET
November 17, 2021, 10:45 AM ET - 3:30 PM ET
Led by expert speakers, the interactive, virtual Clinical Vaccinology Course (CVC) will focus on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines including the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination recommendations, practical strategies for ensuring timely immunization, and the ongoing impact and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
View the agenda
for the virtual program scheduled for November 15-17, 2021
- Actionable strategies to move from vaccine recommendation to implementation
- Engaging and fun Jeopard-ID game
- Live panel discussion on communication strategies to improve vaccine confidence
- Opportunities for Interaction between attendees and faculty
- Presentations on rapid response during a pandemic
- Sessions on vaccine safety
- Customizable resources and communication templates
- Unlimited access to recorded sessions until December 31, 2021
- Up to 13.5 hours of continuing education credits
Flu Season 2021-2022 Tool Kit
Although we’re all still fighting COVID-19, please don't forget about the flu! Flu is unpredictable, and experts are worried that we may be in for a bad flu season this year due to the relaxation of mitigation measures and people returning to school, work, and social activities.
As we enter flu season, we need your help raising awareness and sharing reminders about flu vaccination (alongside ongoing COVID-19 efforts) so we can reach as many people as possible! To accomplish this, Vaccinate Your Family has created a toolkit full of resources
(graphics, pre-written social posts, handouts and more) for general audiences, parents, pregnant individuals, college students, communities of color, older adults, and people living with chronic conditions.
The flu toolkit contains:
- Square and landscape graphics sized for social media sharing
- Sample social media posts, complete with hashtags and links – just copy and paste, add a graphic, and post to your social media pages
- Printable handouts with key information about this flu season
- Personal stories from individuals and families impacted by flu
- Links to partner organizations’ flu campaigns (if you have something you’d like us to share, please reach out)
Please tag @vaxyourfam on Twitter and Instagram, on Facebook: @vaccinateyourfamily so we can amplify your posts!
Find much more content in the FULL TOOLKIT
. We’ll be adding more resources to this toolkit throughout flu season (e.g., Spanish materials, additional graphics), so please check back often!
Updated Pfizer resources
CDC guidance supports coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines
, including influenza vaccines, without regard to timing.
Link to most recent Immunization MMWRs
to view all recent MMWRs!