1. Help Vaccinate Philadelphia Against COVID-19
The COVID-19 vaccine is here! And with it comes a path forward to returning our city to normalcy by reducing COVID-19 related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths. The Philadelphia Immunization Program is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure COVID-19 vaccine is accessible to anyone in the city of Philadelphia who wish to be vaccinated. We can only realize this goal with the help of providers like you stepping up to vaccinate. Now more than ever it is vital that routine vaccinations are administered, especially those providing direct care, maintaining societal function, and those at highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19.
The Philadelphia Immunization Program is asking all medical facilities, who regularly provide vaccine, to enroll into our COVID-19 vaccine program. Please download our COVID-19 Enrollment Guide for a step-by-step breakdown of how you can enroll your site for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Once you have read the guide, get started on the enrollment process by clicking the button below. If you have any questions about your site’s eligibility or about the enrollment process, you can contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Philadelphia Immunization program is here to assist you with all the ins and outs of vaccination throughout the pandemic. Below are updates and resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine and maintaining routine vaccination during the continuing pandemic response. We’ve also listed the contact information for key Philadelphia Immunization Program staff members here to help you order and maintain your vaccine. If you have a general questions regarding COVID-19 vaccine please contact us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your tireless efforts during these unprecedented times. Together we will keep Philadelphia healthy.
2. COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form
Our medical personnel contact form has been replaced with a COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form.
Please fill out our COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form for Philadelphia Residents and submit your contact information. We will connect you with where to register to receive your COVID-19 vaccine in the near future.
4. Ordering COVID-19 Vaccine
All medical facilities who regularly provide vaccine are eligible to enroll into our COVID-19 vaccine program. Read the information below to begin the enrollment process.
Want to get enrollment and ordering updates sent to your mailbox? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get COVID-19 vaccine and other immunization information.
Enrollment is live! Please view our COVID-19 Vaccine Enrollment Guide for step by step instructions on how to enroll your site as a COVID-19 vaccine provider. Once you’ve read the guide, click on the button below to start the enrollment process.
Have questions about eligibility or the enrollment process? Want to join our mailing list to receive regular COVID-19 vaccine information? Email email@example.com.
How to Order COVID-19
We’ve created a pair of guides to help you understand how to order COVID-19 vaccine. First is our Ordering COVID-19 Vaccine guide. This two page guide will cover everything you need to know about ordering vaccine.
Second is our ordering vaccines training video. Please note: The video focuses on regular vaccine ordering and the process for ordering COVID-19 vaccine is slightly different from this video. Please refer to our COVID-19 Vaccine Guide for specific instructions.
Remember, if you have any questions about ordering COVID-19 you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Healthcare Workers Seeking COVID-19 Immunization
To download a pdf copy of the document, please click here.
Immunization with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is a critical component of the national strategy to reduce morbidity and mortality from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and to help restore societal functioning. While the goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccine to all people who wish to be vaccinated, there is currently a limited supply of vaccine available. Initial vaccination efforts are focusing on healthcare workers who have a high risk of exposure to the virus and are at risk of transmitting infection to vulnerable persons. Residents of longterm care facilities are also a top priority. If you are a healthcare worker with both a risk of exposure and a risk of transmitting COVID-19, you are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccination, as follows:
- If you are affiliated with a Philadelphia hospital or health system, check with their Occupational Health Services to learn when vaccine will be made available to your practice.
- If you are not affiliated with a hospital or health system, you will be able to receive vaccine through a local Pharmacy, Clinic, or Urgent Care. Access to vaccine at these sites will be appointment-based and for Philadelphia providers only. The ultracold storage requirements of Pfizer COVID vaccine makes this impossible to provide in these types of venues. When another product becomes available, it will be made available. Check back weekly for updates.
- If you are not affiliated with a hospital or health system, and have a large practice (>100 employees), you may be eligible to receive a direct shipment of vaccine for your employees. To qualify for receiving shipped vaccine, you must: (1) be located in Philadelphia; (2) sign and submit the CDC Provider Agreement form at https://vax.phila.gov/index.php/covid-19/ ; and (3) be able to transmit electronic vaccine administration records to the city’s data system (submit inquiry to
6. Maintaining Immunizations During The Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink how we provide routine vaccinations for our communities. As postponing or cancelling non-urgent elective procedures and telemedicine become the new normal, we must adapt our strategies to ensure immunization rates are maintained. We cannot risk a vaccine preventable disease outbreak to occur during the global pandemic!
Routine vaccination is an essential preventive care service for everyone and should not be delayed because of COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has reduced access to vaccination services and caused a decrease in routine immunizations. Because of this, it is important to assess the vaccination status of all patients at each visit to avoid missed opportunities for vaccination and ensure timely vaccine catch-up. All vaccines due or overdue should be administered according to the recommended CDC immunization schedules during that visit, unless a specific contraindication exists, to provide protection as soon as possible as well as minimize the number of healthcare visits needed to complete vaccination.
Safe Delivery of Vaccination Services
The potential for asymptomatic transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 underscores the importance of infection prevention practices. Immunization providers must use infection prevention practices, including physical distancing, respiratory and hand hygiene, surface decontamination, and source control, while encountering patients in a healthcare facility. Please refer to the guidance developed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings.
To help ensure the safe delivery of care during vaccination visits, providers should:
- Minimize chances for exposures, including:
- Screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and contact with persons with possible COVID-19 prior to and upon arrival at the facility and isolate symptomatic patients as soon as possible.
- Limit and monitor points of entry to the facility and install barriers, such as clear plastic sneeze guards, to limit physical contact with patients at triage.
- Implement policies for the use of a cloth face covering in persons over the age of 2 years (if tolerated).
- Ensure adherence to respiratory hygiene, cough etiquette, and hand hygiene.
- Ensure all staff adhere to the following infection prevention and control procedures:
- Follow Standard Precautions, which includes guidance for hand hygiene and cleaning the environment between patients.
- Wear a medical facemask at all times.
- Use eye protection based on level of community transmission:
- Moderate to substantial: Healthcare providers should wear eye protection given the increased likelihood of encountering asymptomatic COVID-19 patients.
- Minimal to none: Universal eye protection is considered optional, unless otherwise indicated as a part of Standard Precautions.
- Additional considerations for vaccine administration:
- Intranasal or oral vaccines:
- Healthcare providers should wear gloves when administering intranasal or oral vaccines because of the increased likelihood of coming into contact with a patient’s mucous membranes and body fluids. Gloves should be changed between patients in addition to performing hand hygiene.
- Administration of these vaccines is not considered an aerosol-generating procedure and thus, the use of an N95 or higher-level respirator is not recommended.
- Intramuscular or subcutaneous vaccines:
- If gloves are worn during vaccine administration, they should be changed between patients in addition to performing hand hygiene.
- Ensure physical distancing by implementing strategies, such as:
- Separating sick from well patients by scheduling these visits during different times of the day (e.g., well visits in the morning and sick visits in the afternoon), placing patients with sick visits in different areas of the facility, or scheduling patients with sick visits in a different location from well visits (when available).
- Reduce crowding in waiting areas by asking patients to remain outside (e.g., stay in their vehicles, if applicable) until they are called into the facility for their appointment.
- Ensure that physical distancing measures, with separation of at least 6 feet between patients and visitors, are maintained during all aspects of the visit, including check-in, checkout, screening procedures, and postvaccination monitoring using strategies such as physical barriers, signs, ropes, and floor markings.
- Utilize electronic communications as much as possible (e.g., filling out needed paperwork online in advance) to minimize time in the office as well as reuse of materials (e.g., clipboards, pens).
- Intranasal or oral vaccines:
Annual Flu Vaccination
Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons age 6 months and older to decrease morbidity and mortality caused by influenza. Healthcare providers should consult current influenza vaccine recommendations for guidance around the timing of administration and use of specific vaccines. Providers can also get the lastest information regarding VFC/VFAAR on our Flu Hub.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the overall burden of respiratory illnesses is important to protect vulnerable populations at risk for severe illness, the healthcare system, and other critical infrastructure. Thus, healthcare providers should use every opportunity during the influenza vaccination season to administer influenza vaccines to all eligible persons, including:
- Essential workers: Healthcare personnel, including nursing home, long-term care facility, and pharmacy staff, and other critical infrastructure workforce
- Persons at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19: Including adults age 65 years and older, residents in a nursing home or long-term care facility, persons of all ages with certain underlying medical conditions. Severe illness from COVID-19 has been observed to disproportionately affect members of certain racial/ethnic minority groups
- Persons at high risk for influenza complications: Including infants and young children, children with neurologic conditions, pregnant women, adults age 65 years and older, and other persons with certain underlying medical conditions
7. Have Questions? Contact Us
Have a problem or concern? Need help ordering or managing vaccine? The Philadelphia Immunization Program is here to help!
If you have questions regarding any of the following issues, contact the Philadelphia Immunization Program member listed. Don’t see the right person to contact? Visit our staff page or contact email@example.com for assistance.