Steps your practice can take in preparation for becoming a vaccination clinic:
- Be prepared to discuss the vaccine with your patients. The CDC has resources to help with this.
- Screen patient for contraindications and precautions
- Review immunizations history
- Be prepared to handle an allergic reaction (Interim Considerations: Preparing for the Potential Management of Anaphylaxis at COVID-19 Vaccination Sites)
- Be prepared to monitor patients for a minimum of 15 minutes post-vaccination and if the patient’s history reveals a lot of allergies monitor for 30 minutes post-vaccine. Studies have revealed, so far, that 70% of vaccine recipients, who have a reaction occur within 15 minutes of receiving and 90% within 30 minutes. In rare cases, a few reactions have occurred hours later.
- Be prepared to provide patients with a fact sheet for the vaccine you are administering
- Review the fact sheet for the vaccine you are administering
- Evaluate patient for contraindications to the vaccine
- Be prepared with an informed consent form
- Be prepared to schedule the patient for their next follow-up vaccine appointment before they leave, and provide this information in writing
- Provide written instructions on what to do if they were to have a reaction
- Track the patient to ensure they return for the follow-up vaccine
- Report any reactions to CDC
- Follow these CDC guidelines
All Curi recommendations are based on current CDC criteria at the time of publication. CDC guidance for SARS-CoV-2 infection may, or may not, be adopted by state and local health departments to respond to rapidly changing local circumstances. Providers should always check with their local health department to see if the CDC’s guidance on any given topic has been modified (particularly if more restrictive) from the CDC’s recommended guidelines. Follow this link https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/index.html for contact information to your state/local health department. If local recommendations vary from those of the CDC, and you are unsure what recommendations to follow, then it is safer to follow the more restrictive guidelines/recommendations.