Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

The following includes information regarding 2020-2021 Influenza vaccine as well as resources to help prepare for a COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about routine vaccination during COVID-19, visit:
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Vaccination and COVID-19
IAC has assembled key resources and links to support safe, effective vaccination at all ages in routine and non-traditional vaccination settings.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccines Website for the most up to date and comprehensive information regarding COVID-19 vaccines.  

Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS)
CHAMPS is hosting a video collaboration call for Region VIII Vaccine Coordinators and other health center staff working to support COVID-19 vaccine administration planning efforts at Region VIII health centers. This meeting provides a place to join your peers, State PCA and CHAMPS staff to share best practices and discuss challenges surrounding COVID-19 vaccine planning and distribution. We will be addressing topics such as encouraging uptake of the vaccine, planning to administer the second dose to patients, community networking, and any other questions that you may have for your peers.

Region VIII COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Collaborative Meeting
Purpose: To facilitate discussion, collaboration and best practice sharing among health center Vaccine Coordinators and other health center staff working to support COVID-19 vaccine administration planning efforts at Region VIII health centers.
When: Tuesday, January 19, at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MT (12:00 – 1:00 PM CT)
Registration: Registration is free for Region VIII CHCs and PCAs. Please register here to attend.
Contact: CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, COVID-19 Response.

 

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ALLOCATION AND EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
ACIP Vaccine Recommendations
The CDC adopts these recommendations to guide plans for the distribution and allocation of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations
Document that serves as an interim playbook for state and local public health programs and their partners on how to operationalize a vaccination response to COVID-19 within their jurisdictions.

When Vaccine is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First?
Website discusses the recommendations for prioritization when vaccine is limited.

Indian Health Service (IHS), HHS
IHS COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Plan, November 2020
The plan details how the IHS health care system will prepare for and operationalize a vaccine when it becomes available. It also provides important guidance for all IHS federal, tribal health programs and urban Indian organizations that choose to receive COVID-19 vaccine coordinated through IHS.

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: December 2020
The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor is an ongoing research project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. This article provides updates and key findings.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Framework for Equitable Allocation of the COVID-19 Vaccine
Overarching framework for vaccine allocation to assist policymakers in the domestic and global health communities.

National Academy for State Health Policy
States Plan for Vaccinating their Populations against COVID-19
The included chart shows how each state is prioritizing populations in recently updated distribution plans, which were originally submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last October.

National Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH) Council 
Issue Brief: COVID-19 and the HCH Community; Vaccines for Patients and Staff
This brief assess the initial state vaccination plans as they relate to people experiencing homelessness, identify the key factors for successful vaccination campaigns, and identify actions the larger homeless services community needs to take.

National Academy For State Health Policy (NASHP)
States Plan for Vaccinating their Populations Against COVID-19
The included chart shows how each state is prioritizing their populations in their distribution plans submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October 2020, and recently updated.

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB)
COVID-19 Vaccine Planning for Tribal Communities
The purpose of this NIHB webinar was to introduce Tribal leaders to COVID-19 vaccine distribution options and planning considerations.

The New York Times
Find Your Place in the Vaccine Line
Opinion article that discusses how long will it be until you get the shot. Health officials are considering vaccine timelines that give some Americans priority over others.

Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE), HHS, ASPR
Technical Assistance Request
ASPR TRACIE response to a request for information related to the approval, allocation,
distribution, and administration of vaccines to prevent COVID-19 within healthcare facilities.

Trust for America’s Health
Building Trust in and Access to a COVID-19 Vaccine Within Communities of Color and Tribal Nations 
This Policy Brief calls for building vaccine acceptance through data transparency, tailored communications via trusted messengers, ensuring ease of vaccine access, and zero out-of-pocket costs among communities of color and tribal nations.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
COVID-19 Vaccines at VA
VA is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners to develop a plan to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans and VA health care personnel.

Verywell Health
How Will COVID-19 Vaccines be Distributed to the Homeless?
This article discusses the differences in states’ vaccination distribution plans with regards to people experiencing homelessness.

World Health Organization (WHO)
Fair Allocation Mechanism for COVID-19 Vaccines
Final working document on the equitable distribution of a COVID vaccine which, if used correctly and equitably, could help to stop the acute phase of the pandemic and allow the rebuilding of societies and economies.

 

CLINICAL INFORMATION

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
COVID-19 Training Module
Training provides a general overview of immunization best practices for healthcare providers.

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
General information from CDC regarding the Moderna Vaccine. Scroll down for vaccination tracking tool, standing orders, preparation and administration summary, and storage and handling resources.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
General information from CDC regarding the Pfizer Vaccine. Scroll down for pre-vaccination screening form, standing orders, preparation and administration summary, and storage and handling resources.

Vaccination Considerations for People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding
This summary information discusses the recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination of people who are pregnant.

Vaccination Considerations for Persons with Underlying Medical Conditions
The provided information aims to help people with underlying medical conditions make an informed decision about receiving the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination is recommended provided they have not had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
COVID-19 Vaccines: Update on Allergic Reactions, Contraindications, and Precautions, December 30,2020
Clinicians will give an overview of recommendations for use of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. Clinicians will learn more about the recent reports of anaphylaxis following vaccination, as well as CDC’s updated clinical considerations around contraindications and precautions to vaccination.

What Every Clinician Should Know about Vaccine Safety, December 14, 2020
Clinicians will learn how they can educate their patients about what to expect after COVID-19 vaccination, encouraging patients to enroll in v-safe,  and how to report adverse events (possible side effects) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

What Clinicians Need to Know About the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines
This COCA Call will give clinicians an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Clinicians will learn about vaccine characteristics and administration, vaccinating special populations, and contraindications. They will also get answers to a number of clinical questions CDC has received about these new vaccines.

COVID Collaborative
Video Series for Healthcare Providers
The Ad Council and the COVID Collaborative have launched this video series featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts to address health care professionals’ questions about COVID-19 vaccination.

The National Association of Healthcare Assistants (NAHCA)
Vaccine Education Webinar-CNA Focus, December 16, 2020
A discussion between Doctors and CNAs on the COVID vaccinations hosted by NAHCA.

The New York State Health Foundation
When One Shot is Not Enough
This issue brief explores the logistical challenges of multi-dose vaccines to identify strategies for improving series completion.

Public Health Foundation (PHF)
FAQs on the Pfizer Vaccine; Shipping, Handling, Preparation and Administration
PHF has developed an overview of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine logistics on its Pulse blog.

Using QI Tools to Make a Difference in H1N1 Flu Immunization Clinics
In 2010, public health professionals from the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department and PHF produced this white paper citing a clear example of quality improvement practices being utilized for its successful flu immunization clinic.

Public Health Foundation, TRAIN Learning Network
COVID-19 Vaccine Training Program for Healthcare Professionals
Online, self-led training modules that provide overviews of several immunization best practices for healthcare providers. Topics cover vaccine administration and communicating with patients.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Vaccines Explained
Video: What is an EUA?
The FDA explains that an EUA is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

GUIDELINES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) Interim Recommendation for Use of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, December 2020
On December 19, 2020, ACIP issued an interim recommendation for use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥18 years for the prevention of COVID-19. These recommendations should be implemented in conjunction with ACIP’s interim recommendations for allocating initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) Interim Recommendation for Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, December 2020
On December 12, 2020, ACIP issued an interim recommendation for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech  COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥16 years for the prevention of COVID-19. The recommendation  should be implemented in conjunction with ACIP’s interim recommendation for allocating initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) Interim Recommendation for Use of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, December 2020
On December 19, 2020, ACIP issued an interim recommendation for use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥18 years for the prevention of COVID-19. These recommendations should be implemented in conjunction with ACIP’s interim recommendations for allocating initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) Interim Recommendation for Use of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, December 2020
On December 12, 2020, ACIP issued an interim recommendation for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech  COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged ≥16 years for the prevention of COVID-19. The recommendation  should be implemented in conjunction with ACIP’s interim recommendation for allocating initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
ASHP COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Tool for Pharmacists and Pharmacies
Tool that incorporates the ASHP Principles for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Allocation, and Mass Immunization. It is applicable in any pharmacy setting that is assisting in the distribution, allocation, and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine(s).

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
COVID-19 Vaccine Policies and Guidance
Centralized website has information regarding provider reimbursement for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines along with specific information for providers, health plans and issuers, state Medicaid programs, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs.

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment, and Vaccine Administration for the Uninsured
Website explains the process for providers to file claims for reimbursement for testing and treating the uninsured. Providers can also request reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccine administration once available.

HEALTHCARE WORKER VACCINATION

Duane Morris LLP
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updates Guidance on Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Policies, December 17, 2020
According to law firm Duane Morris, employers can mandate vaccines as long as they make reasonable accommodations for persons with physical conditions or beliefs that may prohibit vaccination. This alert discusses their rationale.

Feldesman + Tucker + Leifer + Fidell LLP
Series: Managing Risk When Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine
This interactive two-part webinar series will explore legal and compliance considerations associated with the COVID-19 vaccine and how health centers can establish their own distribution plans while mitigating the relevant risks associated with vaccinating staff and patients.

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Infection prevention and control considerations for healthcare personnel with signs and symptoms following COVID-19 vaccination
The Department is providing guidance for responding to signs and symptoms following COVID-19
vaccination in healthcare personnel (HCP). Strategies are needed for healthcare facilities to
appropriately evaluate and manage post-vaccination signs and symptoms among healthcare personnel
(HCP) in order to minimize staffing disruptions and transmission of infectious diseases, including
COVID-19.

 

PATIENT RESOURCES

Ad Council
Partner Amplification Toolkit
This toolkit features resources such as talking points and customizable social media copy, which organizations can use to share on their own channels.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
COVID-19 Vaccine Info
Handout for staff and patients that answers frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Communication Toolkit For Migrants, Refugees, and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations
This toolkit helps providers reach populations who may need COVID-19 prevention messaging in their native languages.

COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit
Medical centers, clinics, and clinicians can use or adapt these ready-made materials to build confidence about COVID-19 vaccination among your healthcare teams and other staff.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccines
Q&A about COVID-19 vaccine for patients.

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines
A fact sheet for American Indian/Alaska Native communities that explains why it is important to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mountain Family Health Centers
Coronavirus Vaccine FAQs
Matt Percy, a Family Doctor and part of the Chief Medical Team at Mountain Family Health Centers in Colorado, answers some common questions about the coronavirus vaccine.

National Institutes for Health (NIH)
Communication Resources Spanish
Find resources—from videos and social media posts to handouts and fact sheets—to help you talk with your communities about vaccines and clinical trials.

National Public Radio (NPR)
‘Trusted Messengers, Trusted Messages’: How To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy
National radio story that discusses ways to overcome vaccine hesitance.

Northeastern University
COVID-19 Vaccines: 101
This educational resource has online learning modules which aim to enable individuals to make informed decisions about getting vaccinated as a way to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

Salud America
Fact Sheet: Get the COVID Vaccine When it’s Available to You: EnglishSpanish
Infographic: Get the COVID Vaccine When it’s Available to You: EnglishSpanish
The team at Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio created the “Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19” campaign including these culturally relevant fact sheets to inspire people to support healthy changes to improve health equity for Latinos and all people.

Tennessee Department of Health
Getting the Second Dose – English, Spanish
Patient handouts about getting the second dose of the vaccine (both Pfizer and Moderna).

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Surgeon General Jerome Adams Answers FAQs on the COVID-19 Vaccine | December 31, 2020
In this video the Surgeon General answers questions for the general public so that they feel more confident getting their COVID-19 vaccine.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Multilingual COVID-19 Resources
FDA resources for patients translated in several languages.

 

VACCINE DEVELOPMENT

COVID Prevention Network
Help Find a Vaccine
Information on how to volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine trial.

Global Health Crisis Coordination Center (GHC3)
Come Together: Community, COVID and the Vaccine
In this episode of GHC3 Talks, Kathy McNamara, Associate Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the National Association of Community Health Centers to discuss how the community health centers have responded to the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the burnout faced by dedicated staff who have been on the frontline since March.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
The Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine – ‘There’s No One Winner’
Article written by Stephani Miceli highlighting challenges of vaccine development.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Explaining Operation Warp Speed
This fact sheet explains how Operation Warp Speed’s goal is to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (collectively known as countermeasures).

World Health Organization (WHO)
The Push for a Vaccine
Website with numerous articles and resources related to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

INFLUENZA VACCINE 2020

65+ FLU DEFENSE
Help Shield Older Adult Patients from Influenza
Information, tools, and resources to ensure that high-risk older patients are vaccinated against flu.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Preparing for Flu Season
Resources to help maximize influenza vaccination rates while keeping patients, families, and practice teams safe during the pandemic.

Cardinal Health
Clinical Insight for Flu Vaccine Preparedness
Resources for clinical preparedness for influenza season and vaccinations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Flu Vaccination Through Late Fall and Winter: It’s Not Too Late!
This archived webinar highlights benefits of flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond and how to safely administer the vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Guidance for Planning Vaccination Clinics
Guidance which focuses primarily on clinical considerations for planning a vaccination clinic.

Health Care Professional Fight Flu Toolkit
Provides tools to equip providers to make strong influenza vaccine recommendations, facilitate productive conversations with patients, and improve influenza vaccination rates.

Influenza Vaccination Information for Healthcare Workers
Information on the importance of all healthcare workers getting a flu vaccine, especially during the pandemic.

Make a Strong Flu Recommendation
Information on the CDC-recommended SHARE method to make a strong vaccine recommendation to help patients make informed decisions.

Recommendations for the 2020-21 Flu Season (ACIP)
ACIP influenza vaccination recommendations.

Community Care of North Carolina
Cold, Flu & COVID-19
Selection from the Navigating COVID webinar series. Webinar discusses navigating influenza season during the pandemic. (August 2020)

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
Influenza Vaccines Handouts
Handouts and other resources for administering the influenza vaccine.

Mandatory Vaccination for all Healthcare Personnel
Support statements regarding mandating that healthcare staff get a flu vaccine.

Sample Vaccination Declination Form for Personnel
Sample declination form that can be used by any organization to encourage healthcare workers to get a flu shot.

TED-ED
Why do you need to get a Flu Shot every year?
Video featuring vaccinologist Dr. Melvin Sanicas explaining why one needs to get the flu vaccine every year.

University of Florida (UF) Health
UF Health Study Shows Flu Vaccination Might Confer Protection from COVID-19
The study shows that flu vaccination might shield some people from a severe case of COVID-19 — even though the infection is caused by an entirely different virus.