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Vaccination News, Educational Opportunities, & Vaccine Resources


Immunization News
  • NEW: Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Availability
Educational Opportunities
  • NEW: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Latest CDC Recommendations for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Vaccination
  • MCAAP Immunization Initiative Webinar Series: 2021-2022 Influenza Season Update
  • NEW: Working Together to Protect Our Adolescents in School Environments from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  • NEW: Partnering with Community Health Workers to Increase Vaccine Confidence
  • NEW: NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course (Virtual)
  • Understanding Vaccine Confidence and Vaccine Hesitancy
Immunization Resources
  • NEW:  Updated Pfizer resources
  • NEW: Link to Most Recent Immunization MMWRs 
  • NEW: CDC guidance around coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines
  • NEW: Smart Find COVID-19 Vaccine ChatBot
  • Most recent 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
 

 
 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
 
 

   

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
 

Title: What Clinicians Need to Know About the Latest CDC Recommendations for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Vaccination

Date: September 28, 2021, 2:00 PM ET

This COCA Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster vaccination. Clinicians will learn about the vaccine booster recommendations, safety of booster dose, and clinical guidance for using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster vaccine.

There will be a web on-demand version of the call available after the live event.
Join 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
 
 

Title: Working Together to Protect Our Adolescents in School Environments from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

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

The new school year is in full gear, and students are back in the classroom. School districts have taken steps to ensure a safe and healthy return to the classroom, but health concerns remain. The Delta variant continues to spread, and many adolescents are not vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, many students have fallen behind on routine vaccinations during the pandemic, leaving adolescents vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases.

Schools and school districts have worked tirelessly to protect students from serious illnesses. How are they doing? This panel of experts brings together diverse voices to discuss vaccination and preventive care strategies to keep adolescents and young adults healthy and in school.

Dr. Chelsea Clinton will moderate a panel discussion among distinguished leaders from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) on promising practices that schools have adopted to help keep students safe and healthy and support healthy school environments.  

Title: Partnering with Community Health Workers to Increase Vaccine Confidence

Date: Monday, October 4, 2021, 3:00 PM ET - 4:00 PM ET
Title: NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course
 

AIM is excited to be hosting a webinar on Partnering with Community Health Workers to Increase Vaccine Confidence on Monday, October 4 from 3-4 ET. The webinar will provide perspectives from community health workers and immunization programs and their important role in health systems and public health. Through presentations and an interactive Q&A panel, Immunization Programs will learn best practices for building partnerships with community health workers and more!

We are thrilled to learn from the following speakers:

 

 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
 
REGISTER HERE
 
Title: NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course (Virtual)

Date: 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

Registration includes:
  • 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
 
 
 


IMMUNIZATION RESOURCES



Updated Pfizer resources
 


CDC guidance supports coadministration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines, including influenza vaccines, without regard to timing.
 
 
CDC has launched the SmartFind COVID-19 Vaccine ChatBot, a new resource to quickly connect healthcare providers and others to clear, consistent, and credible information about COVID-19 vaccines. 
The automated ChatBot features include:  
  • Answers to common questions and answers about COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized and recommended, or undergoing large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials in the United States
  • 24-7 access to COVID-19 vaccine information on web-based devices, including mobile phones and tablets
  •  Links to additional resources, such as where to find a COVID-19 vaccination location 



COVID-19 vaccine flyers and EUA factsheets are available in 26 different languages.
 
Link to most recent Immunization MMWRs
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