Provider enrollment for COVID-19 vaccine is open. If you plan to give COVID-19 vaccine, enroll through Washington State Department of Health (DOH) now.
Three vaccines are now available to prevent COVID-19 disease in the United States:
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine
See interim clinical considerations for use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) currently authorized in the US from the CDC for administration, patient counseling, and other details.
Vaccine Administration: Ages 12 and older now eligible
All individuals ages 12 and older are now eligible for vaccination. The Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for those ages 18 and older. Only the Pfizer vaccine is available to those ages 12 to 17.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine is again authorized for use in people 18 years or older in Washington.
Following a thorough safety review weighing the benefits and risks, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend the ongoing use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine under a revised emergency use authorization (EUA). ACIP recommended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include a warning statement and Johnson & Johnson include an information sheet at vaccination informing people about the increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).
Discard any Johnson & Johnson EUA Fact Sheets you have on hand and use the new Johnson & Johnson EUA Fact Sheet.
Starting April 24, you may resume using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine you have on hand. Washington State should receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine again in weekly allocations.
If a patient is concerned about the increased risk associated with J&J vaccine, offer Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
On January 6, CDC revised interim clinical considerations for use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the United States. The updated guidance states people should not be scheduled to receive second doses earlier than recommended. There is no maximum interval between first and second doses. If the second dose is given after the recommended timeframe, there is no need to restart the series.
Patients should not pay out-of-pocket costs to get COVID-19 vaccine. Enrolled providers must give the vaccine regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. Providers may bill a patient’s health plan or program. Providers may not bill the patient for the balance. For details, see CDC’s information on filing claims for reimbursement.
Pfizer Vaccine Storage Updates
The FDA updated its Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine storage guidelines. The vaccine may be kept at standard frozen temperatures, including:
- Storing undiluted Pfizer vaccine vials at -25°C to -15°C for up to 2 weeks.
- Transport undiluted Pfizer vaccine vials at -25°C to -15°C.
- Continue to thaw and store Pfizer vaccine in the refrigerator (2°C to 8°C) for up to 5 days.
View the updated fact sheet.
Helpful Resources for Offices Administering Vaccine
· Pre-vaccination checklist for COVID-19 vaccines:
. V-Safe Infographic:
Additional Information for Providers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) COVID-19 Vaccine Training Module offers a general overview of immunization best practices for healthcare providers.
The DOH COVID-19 vaccine provider toolkit has many helpful resources.