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Pfizer Vaccine for Pediatric Providers

Pfizer Vaccine for Pediatric Providers

UPDATE: Please refer to the PDPH Emergency Order Concerning COVID-19 Vaccine Information Statements 5/14 for guidance.

On May 10, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents ages 12-15 years. Yesterday, May 12, the CDC Director adopted the CDC’s Advisory Commitee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in this population. Providers may begin vaccinating 12–15-year-old patients today. This advisory contains important information regarding administering Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to adolescents and teenagers.

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!

Click here to enroll in our COVID-19 Vaccine Program!

Ordering Partial Trays of Pfizer & Adolescent Vaccination Updates

Please use this guide to order a partial tray of Pfizer.

For the week of 5/10, orders must be received by noon on Friday, 5/14. Going forward, orders must be submitted by 5 pm on Wednesday.

Only use this process to order if you’re been directed to during your COVID vaccine enrollment process.

Offering COVID-19 Vaccine

There is no longer a residency requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations. You are free to vaccinate individuals who live outside of Philadelphia city limits going forward.

PDPH does not require COVID-19 Vaccine providers to offer vaccinations to the greater public unless a site is specifically interested in vaccinating more than their patients.

If your site is interested in offering the vaccine at an off-site location, offering the vaccine to the whole family, or have questions about offering the vaccine in your community, email vaccines@phila.gov so that we can connect you with the right Philadelphia Immunization Program team member.

Co-administration

Per the ACIP meeting on 5/12, COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of other vaccines on the same day, as well as co-administration within 14 days. We will forward the MMWR documenting this decision once its is published.

Consent

The patient or their parent and guardian must have had the opportunity to have his/her questions answered satisfactorily before the immunization is given. Written consent for immunization is not required. Implicit consent is acknowledged by the presentation for vaccination of an adolescent with their parent or guardian. There is no Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS) for this vaccine. The FACT SHEET FOR RECIPIENTS AND CAREGIVERS about the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Pfizer-BioNTECH COVID-19 Vaccine to Prevent Coronavirus must be shared with the intended vaccine recipient or their parent or guardian prior to immunization.

Currently in Philadelphia, individuals 16 -18 years of age may authorize his or her own immunization with the Pfizer vaccine under the EUA, without the approval or consent of another person. At this time, individuals 12 to 15 years of age must have a parent’s implicit consent for vaccination under an EUA.

Click here to download PDPH’s Emergency Order Concerning COVID-19 Vaccine Information Statements. To view the original regulations, please go to Section 4, part b of the Regulations Governing the Immunization and Treatment of Newborns, Children and Adolescents document found here.

Wastage

As COVID-19 vaccine supply becomes more available and appointments become more sporadic, PDPH is asking providers to ensure vaccination for all eligible patients, even if it means leaving some doses unused or wasted.

Right now, it is critical that providers prioritize vaccinating eligible persons who are willing to be vaccinated over wasting vaccine. Providers should vaccinate any eligible persons who wish to receive vaccine at their clinic location, even if it means puncturing a multi-dose vial and potentially wasting doses. PDPH understands that some, or all remaining doses in the vial may need to be wasted to vaccinate a person.

Please download our Vaccine Wastage Guide here. You can find additional information on vaccine wastage guidance by reading this detailed Vaccine Wastage Advisory.

Pfizer Resources

Thank you for keeping Philadelphia safe and healthy.

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