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COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccines

Featured Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine Summary Chart

A reference that compares key information about the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines and summarizes the CDC's clinical considerations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy CPE

Earn free CPE on common COVID-19 vaccine myths and key facts and messages pharmacists should know to build vaccine confidence in the patients they serve.

Minimizing COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Variability

Recommendations for vaccine withdrawal and administration techniques to decrease variability between doses.

Overview

COVID-19 Vaccine Summary Chart (April 16)
A reference that compares key information about the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines and summarizes the CDC's clinical considerations. (APhA Know the Facts - PDF)

Public Health Partnerships in Practice (March 4)
Hear from pharmacists who have partnered with public health efforts in their communities to increase COVID-19 vaccination, reaching underserved and high-risk patient populations. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

COVID-19 Vaccine Update (February 11)
Hear breaking news, clinical considerations for special populations, and emerging processes for approval, allocation, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

CDC's Understanding the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination details the collaboration program between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks. Reference this summary chart Pharmacy Partnership Programs for COVID-19 Vaccination for more information.

CDC's Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program for COVID-19 Vaccination answers frequently asked questions about the program.

President Biden released his National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness on January 21, 2021.

NEJM's COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center is a collection of information, research, and Frequently Asked Questions.

CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination is a collection of resources intended to help healthcare providers prepare to vaccinate patients.

CDC's Interim Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel and Long-Term Care Facility Residents.

CDC’s Playbook 2.0 for COVID-19 Distribution.

 
Frontline Perspectives

Student Pharmacist Involvement in COVID-19 Vaccination (January 21)
Hear about successes and barriers to student involvement in COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Whether you are a faculty member at a school of pharmacy, a practicing pharmacist who works with students, or a student pharmacist, gain practical insights from this webinar in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy! (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

COVID-19 Vaccine Frontline Perspectives (January 7)
Hear frontline pharmacists discuss COVID-19 vaccination logistical considerations, implementation strategies, key administration information, and other factors that facilitate successful vaccine administration. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

 

CDC's VaccineFinder Public Display Checklist for Pharmacies using the COVID Locating Health Provider Portal provides instructions for VaccineFinder.org, a national resource of COVID-19 vaccine providers to help consumers find provider locations that carry COVID-19 vaccines near them and learn how to make an appointment.

CDC's Post Vaccine Considerations for Healthcare Personnel provides strategies to manage systemic signs and symptoms after vaccination.

 
Storage and Administration

Understanding Dead Space (February 1)
Learn the steps you can take to maximize the number of available COVID-19 vaccine doses. Join us as we explain the concept of dead space, why it matters, and what you can do to minimize it, and finally review techniques to ensure that you are getting as many doses of COVID-19 vaccine out of each vial. (APhA 15 on COVID-19 - CPE Video)

Minimizing COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Variability (January 25)
Recommendations for vaccine withdrawal and administration techniques to decrease variability between doses. (APhA Know the Facts - PDF)

COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Logistics (October 8)
Get the latest information about unique storage considerations for the COVID-19 vaccines in development as well as handling and other logistics in working with the community to help increase patient access. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

 

USP's COVID-19 Vaccine Handling Toolkit provides strategies that help increase vaccinations while supporting safe handling and quality.

 

CDC's Vaccine Administration Resource Library provides videos and references for vaccine providers including information on needle gauge and length, I.M. injection adults 19 years of age and older, and I.M. injection children 7-18 years of age.

 
Documentation and Billing

APhA Know the Facts: Reimbursement for Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine(s)—What We Know (April 5)
This resource provides an overview of what we know about COVID-19 vaccine reimbursement at this time and covers steps pharmacists can take now to be positioned as a COVID-19 vaccine provider. (APhA Know the Facts - PDF)

CDC's VaxText COVID-19 Vaccination Second-Dose Reminder is a free messaging program that providers can recommend to patients.

COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Logistics (October 8)
Get the latest information about unique storage considerations for the COVID-19 vaccines in development as well as handling and other logistics in working with the community to help increase patient access. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

 

Monitoring COVID-19 Vaccine Safety: VAERS and V-SAFE (December 10)
Hear from Tanya Myers, PhD, MSc, the v-safe team lead for the CDC, as she provides a brief overview of two vaccine safety monitoring platforms pharmacists should be aware of. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar Excerpt - Video - Slides)

 

Viral Vector COVID-19 Vaccines

Adenovirus Vector Technology (March 3)

We examine how adenovirus-based vaccines work, answer some of the common questions that patients may be asking, and look at the history of adenovirus-based vaccines. (APhA 15 on COVID-19 - CPE Video)

Johnson & Johnson Single-dose Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (February 25)

Get a comprehensive overview of the available data on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine’s effectiveness and safety. (APhA Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

CDC's Understanding and Explaining Viral Vector COVID-19 Vaccines provides background and safety information about these vaccines for healthcare professionals.

NEJM's Interim Results of a Phase 1–2a Trial of Ad26.COV2.S Covid-19 Vaccine summarizes the preliminary data available for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (January 13)

CDC issued a health alert (April 13) regarding cases of a rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. The alert includes recommendations for clinicians that pharmacists should be aware of.

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (J&J) Overview—What Pharmacists Need to Know (March 18)
Join us for an overview of the Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine as we review the mechanism of action, efficacy and safety data, storage and handling information, and vaccine hesitancy data. This one-stop program will cover everything you need to know about the vaccine. (APhA 15 on COVID-19 - CPE Video)

 
 

mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC's Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States provides guidance and recommendations for the use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

FDA's statement on Following the Authorized Dosing Schedules for COVID-19 Vaccines (January 4)

Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination in Immunocompromised Patients (December 22)
An FAQ about the use and safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in patients who are immunosuppressed. (APhA Know the Facts- PDF)

Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy and Lactation (December 22)
An FAQ about the use and safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. (APhA Know the Facts - PDF)

Breaking COVID-19 Updates (December 17)
Hear breaking COVID-19 vaccine updates on approvals, administration factors, and dissemination strategies from vaccine experts. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

Key Points About COVID-19 Vaccines (December 11)
This resource summarizes key information to help pharmacists and their team address common questions. Hang up this handout in the pharmacy or give it to patients! (APhA Know the Facts - PDF)

Breaking News on COVID-19 Vaccines: Part 2 (December 10)
Hear from CDC representatives about the latest information about how to prepare for COVID-19 vaccination and vaccine safety monitoring. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video- Slides)

Breaking News on COVID-19 Vaccines: Part 1 (December 3)
As the first COVID-19 vaccines make their way closer to reaching the public, APhA keeps you up to date on the latest information from vaccine safety to distribution strategies. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar -Video - Slides)

mRNA Vaccines (July 24)
This episode looks at the new mRNA vaccine technology, and look at the early data to see if they are a viable option for preventing COVID-19. (APhA 15 on COVID-19 - CPE)

Moderna

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (mRNA-1273) (February 10)
This overview of the Moderna vaccine (mRNA-1273) covers the mechanism of action, efficacy, and safety data; storage and handling information; and vaccine hesitancy data. This one-stop program will cover everything you need to know about the vaccine. (APhA 15 on COVID-19 - CPE Video)

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: What Pharmacists Need to Know (December 23)
Following the emergency authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, we spoke with two pharmacy vaccine experts to talk about what it means for pharmacists. (APhA Locked on Pharmacy Podcast - Podcast)

CDC's Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine provides administration and storage information, as well as clinical considerations.

FDA's Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers and for Recipients and Caregivers (as of December 18)

Pfizer-BioNTech

The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine: What Pharmacists Need to Know (December 13)
Following the emergency authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, we spoke with two pharmacy vaccine experts to talk about what it means for pharmacists. (APhA Locked on Pharmacy Podcast - Podcast)

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Overview (December 10)
New, free 1-hour CPE is a comprehensive overview of the information that pharmacists need about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: mechanism of action; review of efficacy and safety data; storage; handling; dose preparation/administration; EUA authorization requirements for vaccine providers; and tips to address vaccine hesitancy. (APhA Education During COVID-19 - CPE)

CDC's Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine provides administration and storage information, as well as clinical considerations.

FDA's Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers and for Recipients and Caregivers. (as of February 25)

FDA's COVID-19 Update: FDA Allows More Flexible Storage, Transportation Conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (February 25)

NEJM's BNT162b2 mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine in a Nationwide Mass Vaccination Setting studies the real-world efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. (February 24)

Increasing Vaccine Confidence

COVID-19 Myth vs. Fact: Vaccine Hesitancy (April 8)
Earn free CPE on common COVID-19 vaccine myths and the key facts and messages pharmacists should know in order to build vaccine confidence in the patients they serve. Learn how you can respond when speaking with patients about their decision to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and what not to say during those important conversations. Be empowered to address vaccine hesitancy on the frontlines of your community! (APhA Education During COVID-19 – PDF)

Vaccine Confidence (January 28)
Hear about vaccine hesitancy and how to work with patients to facilitate confidence in COVID-19 vaccination, with a focus on practical tips and an opportunity to ask questions of the experts. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth vs. Fact (January 14)
Hear a discussion of myths and facts about COVID-19 vaccination, including the implications for immunity, testing, and treatment. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Approval (December 11)
This resource outlines how the COVID-19 vaccines have been developed and approved at unprecedented speeds without compromising safety. (APhA Know the Facts - PDF)

Understanding and Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy During COVID-19 (November 30)
A comprehensive resource that helps pharmacists prepare to engage in productive conversations with patients about immunizations. (APhA Know the Facts - PDF)

Helping Underserved Patients Overcome COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns (October 22)
Hear practical information on how to improve access and uptake of vaccinations, taking into account social determinants of health that result in health disparities. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial Process (August 20)
Learn about the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial process, including enrollment of volunteers in clinical trials, and the ongoing vaccine safety monitoring where pharmacists will continue to play an important role when the COVID-19 vaccine hits the market. (APhA Weekly Open Forum Webinar - Video - Slides)

CDC’s #HowIRecommend video series features APhA President-elect Sandra Leal, who shares how she makes vaccine recommendations to adult patients. (Video)

HHS's Tell Me More About Vaccines is a 6:32 video that provides expert commentary and graphic illustration to explain explains the science of vaccine development. (Video)

FDA's Vaccines in Development 101 provides an overview of the development and approval process for vaccines (November 20)

FDA's The Path for a COVID-19 Vaccine from Research to Emergency Use Authorization (November 20)

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