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COVID-19 Vaccine

Providers Must Fill Out COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Attestation Form by July 13th

Providers Must Fill Out COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Attestation Form by July 13th

PDPH is requesting that all current COVID-19 Vaccine Providers complete the following attestation form. It will collect information on reporting, AEs, and general COVID-19 storage/handling.

This form needs to be completed prior to Tuesday 7/13/21 at COB. 

Click here to fill out the COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Attestation Form!

If you have any questions, please contact vaccines@phila.gov.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider!

Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider!

Not offering COVID-19 Vaccine at your practice yet? If your site has not already enrolled as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider, you can enroll now to make sure your adolescent patients can get vaccinated this summer!

Click Here to Enroll in Our COVID-19 Vaccine Program!

Becoming a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider

Here are some important things to know about becoming a COVID-19 vaccine providers:

  • You don’t need to purchase new storage units to store the COVID vaccine. No ultralow cold freezer needed.
  • Pfizer can now be stored at refrigerated temperatures for 1 month (31 days) and you can order as few as 54 doses at a time.
  • You are not required to offer vaccine to the general public or offer walk-in vaccination to become a COVID provider.
  • COVID-19 vaccines can be co-administered with other vaccines during the same visit. Click here to read more about Interim Clinical Considerations for Vaccine Coadministration.
  • PDPH is asking providers to ensure vaccination of all eligible patients, even if it means leaving some doses unused or wasted. Wastage does not negatively impact a provider but is simply a means for accounting for inventory. Click here to read more about Vaccine Wastage Guidance.

For more details, please visit our webpage.

Have additional questions or concerns about becoming a COVID-19 vaccine provider? Email your questions to vaccines@phila.gov.

General, Pregnancy, and Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Sheets

General, Pregnancy, and Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Sheets

The Philadelphia Immunization Program has received many questions from residents about the Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 Vaccines. It the vaccine safe? Is it effective? What are the side effects?

To help answer these questions, we have created a General COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ sheet, as well as specific Pregnancy and Pediatric FAQ sheets in seven different languages. The FAQ sheet compiles the ten most frequently asked questions about the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine by Philadelphia residents. Please select and download one of the files below and share it among your network.

General COVID-19 FAQ Sheets:

Pregnancy COVID-19 FAQ Sheets:

Pediatric COVID-19 FAQ sheets:

Don’t see your question listed? Please visit the city’s COVID-19 webpage for more FAQs and updates about the vaccine. Thank you for all you do to help keep Philadelphia safe and healthy!

COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Capacity Survey

COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Capacity Survey

Dear COVID-19 Vaccine Providers,

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is currently matching COVID-19 vaccine providers with Philadelphia organizations who are seeking vaccinations for members of their community.

If your site is interested in partnering with a local community organization, house of worship or other group to hold a clinic, please fill out the Vaccine Provider Capacity Survey by clicking on the link below.

This brief survey will provide PDPH with an idea of your site’s requirements when matching you with an organization seeking vaccinations.

Click here to Take Our Vaccine Provider Capacity Survey!

Even if your site is currently partnering with organizations to hold clinics, we still ask that you fill out a survey to provide information regarding your site’s needs going forward. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to vaccines@phila.gov.

Thank you for helping keep Philly healthy!

COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic Calendar

COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic Calendar

COVID-19 Providers,

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) wants to hear about your upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Pop-up and Clinic events! Providers can use the form below to submit information regarding upcoming COVID-19 vaccination events.

Submitted pop-up clinics and events will get added to a calendar which will be posted on the city website to improve vaccination access and awareness within the city.

Please complete the form in its entirety if you would like to feature any of your upcoming events.

Click here to submit your site’s pop-up clinic to our Calendar!

Thank you for keeping Philadelphia safe and healthy. If you have any questions, please email vaccines@phila.gov.

Check Your COVID-19 Vaccine Expiration Dates

Check Your COVID-19 Vaccine Expiration Dates

Several lots of Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J COVID-19 vaccine product have their expiration dates in June and July. Please be mindful of when your COVID-19 vaccine expires!

Remember, always check the product’s expiration dates prior to administering. For Pfizer and Moderna, immediately remove and properly dispose of expired doses as medical waste in order to avoid administration of expired doses. Expired Janssen/J&J doses can be quarantined at this time pending stability studies (DO NOT USE these expired loses in the interim).

Waste is required to be reported to The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) via the following form: COVID-19 Vaccine Wastage Adjustments

Pfizer

Expiration Dates are on the vials and can also be found in PhilaVax with the shipment information.

Please note: Pfizer has been approved for storage at standard refrigerator temperatures for 1 month (i.e., 31 days). Prior to being placed in the refrigerator, Pfizer can also be kept at standard freezer temperatures for 2 weeks.

Moderna

Vial Expiration Date Lookup | Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (EUA)

Please note: Vials can be used for up to 12 hours after being punctured.

J&J

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Product Quality Checker

Please note: The FDA has authorized an extension of the Jassen/J&J vaccine’s shelf life from 3 months to 4.5 months.

Quick Reference Guide

Please refer to the COVID-19 Vaccine Quick Reference Guide for Healthcare Professionals to see a storage/handling, administration, and general comparison of the three COVID-19 vaccines. This guide is extremely useful and can be printed for posting at provider locations.

Vaccinate Patients Upon Discharging

Vaccinate Patients Upon Discharging

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) is asking hospitals and urgent care facilities to administer COVID-19 Vaccine to patients upon discharging in emergency departments. Hospitals, ED, and UC facilities in the United States play an influential role in building confidence in and improving COVID-19 vaccine uptake, as healthcare providers are the most trusted source of health information.

Emergency departments serve as the primary, and at times only, health care access point for up to 20% of the US population, and urgent care clinics handle more than 29% of primary care visits in the country. We encourage hospitals to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts to all hospital departments, including postpartum discharges and patients being discharged to long-term care of rehabilitation facilities. Expanding COVID-19 vaccine availability via these locations also makes vaccine more accessible to patients.

We hope this helps push Philly towards reaching the national goal of 70% vaccination coverage by July 4th.

Click to learn more about CDC guidance regarding Vaccine Eligibility and Best Practices to determine if a patient should receive vaccine upon discharge.

Thank you for keeping Philadelphia safe and healthy from COVID-19. If you have any questions, please email vaccines@phila.gov.

CDC Best Practices for Vaccinating Upon Discharge

CDC Best Practices for Vaccinating Upon Discharge

Please see CDC guidance regarding vaccine Eligibility and Best Practices below, to determine if a patient should receive COVID-19 Vaccine vaccine upon discharge:

Vaccine Eligbility:

• Patients who are not moderately or severely ill and are being discharged from hospital admission, 24-hour observation, or an ED or UC visit may be vaccinated. Patients with current COVID-19 infection should defer vaccination until they have met criteria to discontinue isolation.
• If the patient is a minor, providers are to follow all state laws regarding consent of minors for vaccination

Best Practices for Vaccinating Upon Discharge:

• Assess vaccination status at triage, in the patient’s medical history, and during medication reconciliation by asking patient, checking electronic medical/health records, and linking with the jurisdiction’s immunization information system (IIS)
• Address vaccine hesitancy with all patients and those that accompany them as part of routine practice
• Strongly encourage and offer vaccination to all eligible patients and any friends or family who are accompanying them
• Consider using a pharmacist assigned to the facility to help with medication management to support confirming vaccination status before vaccination
• Utilize personnel not involved in the direct care of the patient, if available, to administer vaccines if the department is very busy and it would help work flow
• Offer vaccination services either at bedside or in special vaccination areas during discharge process
• Encourage patients to enroll in v-safe
• Document receipt and/or refusal in chart and IIS
• Complete and provide a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the patient and print out a list of the vaccination(s) given, particularly for patients being transferred/discharged to rehab, long-term care, or psychiatric facilities
• Arrange for second dose appointment, if applicable
• Place patients in the waiting area for the 15-minute observation period after vaccination is complete to assist in improved flow and reduction of crowding

Thank you for keeping Philadelphia safe and healthy from COVID-19. If you have any questions, please email vaccines@phila.gov.

Memorial Day Holiday Vaccine Ordering

Memorial Day Holiday Vaccine Ordering

Please make note of the following changes in COVID-19 vaccine shipping around the Memorial Day Holiday (5/31):

  • During the week leading up to Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 – 28), all vaccine deliveries will continue as usual.
  • There will be no deliveries for any vaccines on Sunday, May 30th and Monday, May 31st.
  • Pfizer vaccine delivery will resume on Tuesday, June 1.
  • Moderna and Janssen vaccine delivery will resume on Wednesday, June 2.

Thank you for keeping Philadelphia safe and healthy.

If you have any questions, please email vaccines@phila.gov.

 

FDA Pfizer Vaccine Storage Update

FDA Pfizer Vaccine Storage Update

On May 19th, the FDA announced the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine can now be stored at normal refrigerator temperatures for up to a month (30 days). This is much longer than was previously allowed under the FDA’s emergency authorization and will make storage and distribution of the vaccine easier.

The FDA is now authorizing undiluted, thawed Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine vials to be stored in the refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (35°F to 46°F) for up to 1 month (30 days). Previously, thawed, undiluted vaccine vials could be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

The FDA says the change should make the vaccine more widely available by making it easier for doctors’ offices to receive, store and administer the vaccine. “Making COVID-19 vaccines widely available is key to getting people vaccinated and bringing the pandemic to an end,” says Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics and Research. PDPH hopes that this change will help providers vaccinate more patients in Philadelphia.

Click here to Download the New Pfizer EUA (5/19/2021)

To review the most recent EUA fact sheets for the Moderna and Janssen COVID-19 Vaccines, please click the links below:

Thank you for keeping Philadelphia safe and healthy.

If you have any vaccine storage and handling questions, please email tempcheck@phila.gov.

If you have any other questions, please email vaccines@phila.gov.