COVID-19 Latest Updates and Resources

Where can I find the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines?

The CDC posts all current information related to COVID-19 and vaccines on their site. Follow this link to learn the latest facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

On April 1, 2021, the CDC announced they had updated webpages for both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, replacing the standing orders and preparation administration summaries with new, updated versions. Standing orders enable eligible nurses and other healthcare professionals, such as pharmacists, to assess and vaccinate people who meet specific criteria (outlined in the “procedure” section of the standing orders) without the need for clinical examination or direct order from attending providers at the time of the interaction.

Currently, the J&J/Janssen vaccine information has not changed.

Links to the new and latest Standing orders for Administering the Vaccines:

Pfizer:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/pfizer/downloads/standing-orders.pdf

Moderna:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/moderna/downloads/standing-orders.pdf

Janssen:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/janssen/downloads/Janssen-Standing-Orders.pdf

In addition, the FDA has authorized Moderna to add more coronavirus vaccine doses into its vials, increasing the number of doses in the existing vials to a maximum of 11 doses and adding a larger multi-dose vial that can produce up to 15 doses per vial. This new authorization allows for more vaccine doses to get to the community and increases the opportunity to get more individuals vaccinated. Moderna has already started producing the updated vials with more doses and should be shipping out the 15-dose vials in the coming weeks.

Moderna has updated The Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Vaccination Providers) and Prescribing InformationThis fact sheet supersedes the information on the vial and carton labels.

Latest information from FDA: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-makes-two-revisions-moderna-covid-19-vaccine-emergency-use

The CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit is another helpful resource.

If a complex COVID-19 vaccine safety question occurs healthcare providers in the United States can request a consultation from CISA COVIDvax.

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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.