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Vaccine Shipment Delays During the Holiday Season

Vaccine Shipment Delays During the Holiday Season

Submit orders by Tuesday, December 7.

During the holiday season – from mid-December to early January – the distribution center that ships vaccine provided through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Vaccines for Adults At Risk (VFAAR) programs will have reduced shipping capacity. Orders submitted during this time will take longer than usual to ship.

To make sure that you have the vaccines you need during this time, submit orders by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, December 7. These will be processed and shipped out as usual. Be sure to check the status of your order within 2 business days of submitting.

Continue to check for tracking information daily as FedEx and UPS shipping delays continue. Use this job aid to assist you with reviewing this information.

Orders submitted after Tuesday, December 7 may not be delivered until the week of January 3, at the earliestThe distribution center will return to normal operations on January 3.

For assistance with completing your reconciliation or submitting your order, email:

Provider Education Coordinator
DPHProviderhelp@phila.gov

Vaccine Order Specialist
Christine Wilson
Christine.Wilson@phila.gov

Vaccine Order Specialist
Charma Miller
Charma.Miller@phila.gov

CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for 5-11 Year Olds

CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for 5-11 Year Olds

Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) endorsed the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) asks all providers to begin vaccinating patients in this group as soon as possible.

All sites must finish ordering pediatric vaccine by 5PM today to ensure delivery next week. All pediatric orders must be submitted with a temperature log and closed reconciliation. If you are having trouble ordering, please email vaccines@phila.gov.

Ordering Information

To order doses for your 5-11-year-old patients:

  • Complete our interest survey
  • Complete a reconciliation
  • Submit your temperature data
  • Submit an order for the 5-11 patient doses in PhilaVax. Presentation is entered as “Pfizer COVID19 MRNA 5-11 years of age 10mcg/0.2ml”
  • Order minimum of 300 doses and must be in mutiples of 300 (ie. 300, 600, etc)

All steps must be completed by Wednesday November 3rd at 5pm.

Please note: Approved sites will be able to order Pfizer’s 5-11 Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine each week. Sites will not need to order overstock.

Have Questions?

Have questions about Pfizer’s new formula? Need assistance with the reconciliation process or completing the survey? You can contact us at CovidProviders@phila.gov!
Thank for you helping keep Philadelphia safe and healthy! Together we can stop COVID-19!

Pfizer for Peds 5-11 / COVID-19 Vaccine Management Townhalls

Pfizer for Peds 5-11 / COVID-19 Vaccine Management Townhalls

The Pfizer for Peds 5-11 / COVID-19 Vaccine Management Townhall will provide an overview of how to prepare and order pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for the upcoming authorization of Pfizer for 5-11 year olds.

The training will occur multiple times a week:

  • 10/27/2021 Wednesday at 12PM and 5PM
  • 10/28/2021 Thursday at 12PM and 5PM
  • 10/29/2021 Friday at 12PM 
  • 11/02/2021 Tuesday at 12PM and 5PM
  • 11/04/2021 Thursday at 12PM and 5PM
  • 11/09/2021 Tuesday at 12PM and 5PM
  • 11/10/2021 Wednesday at 12PM 
  • 11/16/2021 Tuesday at 5PM 
  • 11/17/2021 Wednesday at 12PM 
  • 11/18/2021 Thursday at 5PM 

Pfizer for Peds 5-11 / COVID-19 Vaccine Management Townhall 

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Webinar Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/532390413

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (408) 650-3123

Access Code: 532-390-413

Join from a video-conferencing room or system.
Dial in or type: 67.217.95.2 or inroomlink.goto.com
Meeting ID: 532 390 413
Or dial directly: 532390413@67.217.95.2 or 67.217.95.2##532390413

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Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/828347453

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

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call on 9/9/2021

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call on 9/9/2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call.

When: September 9th at 2pm EDT.

Topic: 2021-2022 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations and Guidance on Coadministration with COVID-19 Vaccines

Meeting link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1610456908?pwd=cFI3YzIvMWZzOFE4bmEwakswaUZsdz09#success

Webinar ID: 161 045 6908

Passcode: 220280

Click here to join the CDC Coca Call!

During this COCA Call, presenters will provide updates on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for the 2021-2022 influenza vaccination season and guidance for coadministration of influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.

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

Please click here to access additional COCA calls and other training from CDC, the World Health Organization, and other training providers.

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

Additional VFC Flu Vaccine Presentations Available to Order

Additional VFC Flu Vaccine Presentations Available to Order

FluMist intranasal sprayers and Fluzone multidose vials are now available to order for your VFC patients.

Please refer to the flu ordering guide for the full product information for these vaccines.

As a reminder, all flu vaccine from the 2020-2021 season must be accounted for before you can order flu for the 2021-2022 season. Guidance on accounting for remaining doses can be found here.

Order Flu Vaccine Today!

Have questions?

Contact Christine Wilson at 215.685.6728 or christine.wilson@phila.gov, or Charma Miller at 215.685.6667 or charma.miller@phila.gov for assistance.

Thank you for keeping Philadelphia healthy by fighting flu! For more information about influenza in Philadelphia, visit our flu page.

Vaccine Information Statements and Code Updates

Vaccine Information Statements and Code Updates

VFC and VFAAR Providers,

Updated editions of some of the Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) have been posted on the CDC’s VIS website. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) encourages providers to begin using the updated VISs immediately, but previous editions may be used until they run out.

The table below lists the fourteen VIS documents that have been updated on the CDC website as of 8/6/2021.

For more information, please visit the CDC’s VIS website.

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

How to Order VFC/VFAAR Flu Vaccine 2021-22

How to Order VFC/VFAAR Flu Vaccine 2021-22

Please note,all flu vaccine from the 2020-2021 season must be accounted for before you can order flu for the 2021-2022 season. Guidance on accounting for remaining doses can be found here.

To place your first flu order…

1.  Complete a reconciliation. (If it’s been less than 2 weeks since your last reconciliation, email Christine and Charma to skip this step)

2. Submit your temperature data since your last order.

3. On the Vaccine Order page check the “Will this be an influenza order?” box.

4. Order what your site needs for a 4 to 6-week period. Be sure that you have room in your fridge to store all the flu and other vaccine you order.

5. Check the status of your order 2 business days later in the PhilaVax IIS:

    • APPROVED: Your flu vaccine is on its way.
    • REJECTED: Click on view next to your order to review the notes from the VFC staff. Once all issues have been resolved, resubmit your order.

For additional flu orders, start with step 2.  Additional flu orders do not require a completed reconciliation if a reconciliation has been completed in the last 60 days. Flu vaccine can be ordered as often as needed. There is no minimum time between orders.

The Immunization Program will make every effort to fulfill your flu vaccine request. If flu product is available in limited quantity, your order may be reduced. If your order is reduced, a note will be added to the PhilaVax IIS comment box on the order page.

Flu vaccine may arrive separately from other vaccines even when ordered at the same time. The day you receive your flu order, log into PhilaVax IIS and electronically add the doses to your inventory. Contact us immediately if the temperature monitor indicates an out-of-range temperature when vaccines are delivered:

Updates

Check our Flu updates section, for updates throughout the flu season.

9/2/21– FluMist intranasal sprayers and Fluzone multidose vials are now available to order for your VFC patients.

9/2/21– A supply of FluLaval pre-filled syringes for your VFAAR patients is now available to order.

8/23/2021 – Pediatric Flu Vaccine is Available to Order! A supply of FluLaval pre-filled syringes is now available to order for your VFC patients. To allow as many sites as possible to access flu vaccine at this time, initial orders may be reduced.

7/26/2021 – These are the vaccines that will be available for the 2021-2022 flu season.

Have Questions?

Contact Christine Wilson at 215.685.6728 or christine.wilson@phila.gov, or  Charma Miller at 215.685.6667 or charma.miller@phila.gov  for assistance.

Thank you for keeping Philadelphia healthy by fighting flu! For more information about influenza in Philadelphia, visit our flu page.

Avoiding Administration Errors: Scheduling Errors

Avoiding Administration Errors: Scheduling Errors

Dear Immunization Provider,

The Immunization Program thanks you for your critical role of ensuring children in Philadelphia receive up-to-date immunizations prior to the school year!

To help you in your immunization efforts we have assembled some tips for avoiding one of the most common vaccine administration errors: scheduling errors!

What are Administration Errors?

Administration errors due to scheduling occur when vaccines are given too early – either before the appropriate minimum age or before the recommended interval for a particular vaccine.

Unfortunately, early doses are not valid. Minimum ages and dosing intervals have been studied for efficacy and safety. Administering vaccines out of this range may not generate an adequate immune response, leading to vulnerability to disease, side effects, or harm to the provider’s relationship with the patient/parent. It is in everyone’s best interest to avoid administration errors!

Exception: There is a 4-day grace period before the minimum interval or age, although this should not be used when scheduling visits. This does not apply to the 28-day interval between two live injectable vaccines (e.g. MMR, Varicella) or Flumist if not administered simultaneously, or intervals between the rabies vaccine.

Common Scheduling Errors

Here are some of the most common scheduling errors found when reviewing immunization histories and scheduling immunization appointments:

  • Administering the 1st dose of MMR, varicella, or hepatitis A vaccine before 12 months of age
  • Giving the 4th dose of DTap before age 12 months (or less than 6 months after the 3rd dose)
  • Not administering a dose of IPV after 4 years of age (at least 6 months after previous dose)
  • Finishing the hepatitis B series before 24 weeks of age
  • Administering any vaccine (except hepatitis B) before age 6 weeks
  • Giving the 2nd dose of MenACWY vaccine before age 16 years for a healthy adolescent
  • Inadequate spacing for the hepatitis A, hepatitis B, IPV and HPV series
  • Using the incorrect needle size
  • Injecting vaccine at the incorrect injection site
  • Confusing Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) and DTap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) vaccines

Tips from the Immunization Program

Here is a list of tips to find past administration errors and avoid them going forward:

  • Keep an immunization schedule handy for clinical and office staff!
  • When scheduling well-child visits, ensure a child will have reached the appropriate age (e.g., will be at least 12 months on the date of their 1-year well-child visit).
  • Review the patient’s immunization record, by searching the PhilaVax IIS or by obtaining the patient’s vaccination records by contacting their previous healthcare provider.
  • Use the tools in PhilaVax to understand what is indicated for the patient.
    • A red exclamation mark means that a dose is not valid.
    • Click “Recommend” below a patient’s record to see when vaccines are recommended.

Did you know? You can update your PhilaVax settings so recommended vaccines display at the top of your screen when reviewing patient records. Follow the steps below and reference the screenshots to do it yourself!

  1. Click your username in the upper right-hand corner (see screenshot 1)
  2. Under “User Defaults,” click “Display Today’s Recommendations” (see screenshot 2)
  3. Click “Update” to save the change (see screenshot 2)
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What do I do if an Administration Error Happens?

  • Check for guidance from the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Make a report to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
    • Recommended if a dose administration error occurs (required for a COVID-19 vaccine under Emergency Use Authorization)
    • Required if an adverse event occurs

Have questions about vaccine scheduling or the PhilaVax software? The Philadelphia Immunization Program is here to help! You can email us at vaccines@phila.gov for assistance.

Resources & References

Get Back on Track with Routine Vaccinations

Get Back on Track with Routine Vaccinations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! This annual observance highlights the efforts of immunization providers who protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.

During NIAM, encourage your patients to schedule appointments to ensure they are up to date on annual exams and recommended vaccines. Research has consistently shown that healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of vaccine information for parents and patients.

With children going back to school and adults going back to the workplace, it is now more important than ever for everyone to get back on track with routine vaccinations.

Use the resources below to help encourage routinely recommended vaccines for a variety of audiences.

General Resources:

COVID-19 Vaccination Specific Resources:

For additional National Immunization Awareness Month resources, and more information about NIAM, please visit the CDC NIAM page.

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

Return All Unopened Seasonal 2020/21 VFC/VFAAR Influenza Vaccine

Return All Unopened Seasonal 2020/21 VFC/VFAAR Influenza Vaccine

All VFC/VFAAR influenza vaccine supplied by the Philadelphia Immunization Program during this past flu season has expired. Please account for unused VFC/VFAAR flu vaccine at your site using PhilaVax:

  • Process a return for the unopened vials online in the Vaccines Returns module. A job aid with step by step instructions can be found here.
  • Email DPHProviderHelp@phila.gov to account for open vials of flu vaccine.

Return your vaccine before August 15th

Please complete these steps by August 15, 2021 to avoid delays in processing your site’s 2021-22 flu season orders. If you have questions, contact DPHProviderHelp@phila.gov.

Vaccine available for the 2021-22 flu season:

Don’t delay, return your expired vaccine now!

It is difficult to anticipate exactly when flu vaccine will be available. However, the health department is committed to getting flu vaccine to our providers as soon as it arrives. To prevent delays, please complete your flu return today.

All communication about the availability of flu vaccine will be made via email and posted on our website. Keep an eye out for upcoming messages! If you need to add more people to our mailing list, please contact us at vaccines@phila.gov.

Thank you for helping to protect Philadelphians this past year! We look forward to working together to keep people safe from the flu next season.