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COVID-19 Topic: COVID-19 Vaccines

Can we mandate patients to get the COVID-19 vaccine to stay in our practice?

There is currently no definitive guidance, at the state or federal level, that answers this question either “yes” or “no.” Generally, practices can discharge patients for…

Now that the Pfizer vaccine has received final approval by the FDA, does this affect the emergency use authorization (EUA) and does it change what we are currently doing?

No, it does not currently change what you are doing, and the EUA is still in effect since the FDA-approved Pfizer vaccine does not cover all…

Have COVID-19 vaccine guidelines changed related to pregnancy?

On August 11, the CDC updated guidance for COVID-19 vaccines while pregnant or breastfeeding to recommend that all people aged 12 years and older who are…

Why does Curi recommend using a COVID vaccine consent form when the FDA, the CDC and most states do not require a signed consent?

While many states do require parental/guardian consent for minors (check with your state for minor requirements to vaccinate), the FDA, the CDC, and individual states have…

Now that the CDC has lifted mask requirements for fully vaccinated individuals, how will this affect healthcare settings?

Currently, per CDC guidelines, the use of personal protective equipment remains unchanged in healthcare settings, which includes physician offices. Detailed information can be found in the…

Is it safe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to patients who have autoimmune disorders?  

Yes. Administering the COVID-19 vaccine to patients with autoimmune disorders is safe if there are no known contraindications or allergies to the vaccine. However, patients who…

How do I prepare my practice to become a vaccine clinic?

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…

Is it safe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines?

The CDC, out of abundant caution, had previously recommended COVID-19 vaccines to be administered alone, with a minimum of 14 days before or after administration of…

Is it safe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to someone who has COVID-19 or been exposed to the virus?

Data from clinical trials indicate that COVID-19 vaccines are safe in people who have had COVID-19. Vaccination of people with a known current infection should be…

Where can I get training for COVID-19 immunization?

The CDC offers education and training programs for healthcare personnel. Find more information on their dedicated Immunization Education and Training website.

Is it safe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children?

Currently, the FDA has not approved any COVID-19 vaccinations for use on children. However, the Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines have emergency use authorization approval…

Is it safe to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to women who are breastfeeding?

There is no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women, on the effects of mRNA vaccines on the breastfed infant, or on milk…

Can we require our employees to take a COVID-19 vaccine?

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion in July 2021 stating that federal law does not prohibit private businesses and…

Can we stop precautions once an individual is vaccinated and has been proven to have immunity through antibody testing?

For healthcare settings precautions should still be used even if someone has been fully vaccinated and proven to have immunity from the vaccine. Employees and patients…

Is it safe to administer to pregnant patients/employees?

Currently, there is limited data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant individuals. The CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have…

Will the COVID-19 vaccine cause you to test positive?

http:www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits/facts.html No, vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States will not cause patients to test positive on the viral test used to detect infection….

When will the vaccine be available?

The FDA is the regulatory authority responsible for oversight of the safety, effectiveness, and quality of vaccines used in the U.S., and they have been working…

What are the benefits and risks of the vaccine?

The benefits and risks will vary by vaccine. Some general benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine include: It will help keep you from getting COVID-19. Based…

Do you have a consent form for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Curi’s downloadable consent forms for single-dose and two-dose vaccines are linked here. Spanish versions for single-dose and two-dose linked here. In addition, here’s a link…

Will there be a vaccine information statement to give out to patients?

Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are required by law for licensed vaccines that are added to the Vaccine Injury Table, as determined by the CDC. Optional VISs…

Are there guidelines to prioritize who gets vaccinated first?

Yes. The CDC has created guidelines for prioritizing vaccines, and each state has submitted a vaccination plan for how they will administer vaccines. Click here to…

Are we required to make accommodations if our employees refuse to take the vaccine?

Federal mandates do allow for some exemptions to mandatory vaccination policies, such as disabilities and sincerely held religious beliefs that may require reasonable accommodations to be…

Who will pay for the vaccine?

This will depend on age, employment, and government-funded programs. According to the CDC, vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American…

What steps does our practice need to take to receive/administer the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available?

Refer to CDC guidance on how to enroll as a healthcare provider and contact your state or local immunization program. States should be sending out notifications…

Are there special requirements for storing the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Depending on the manufacturer, there are specific requirements for storing vaccines. Knowing these requirements prior to requesting your vaccine is essential, so you can choose…

Will there be liability protection for administering vaccines?

Yes. According to “The PREP Act and COVID-19: Limiting Liability for Medical Countermeasures,” during a public health emergency, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)…

Does the vaccine provide longer immunity than being infected with COVID-19?

The protection someone gains from having an infection (called natural immunity) varies depending on the disease, and it varies from person to person. Since this virus…

If I have already had COVID-19, should I get vaccinated?

Data from clinical trials indicate that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can safely be given to people with evidence of a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. Vaccination should be offered…

What should we do if we have a patient who does not show for the second injection of the vaccine?

While most advanced vaccine candidates require two shots, not all will necessarily need two. Currently at this time, the first two COVID-19 vaccines submitted to FDA…

Where do we report adverse events related to the vaccine?

Healthcare providers are required by law to report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS): Any adverse event listed in the VAERS Table of Reportable Events Following Vaccinationthat occurs…

What precautions do we need to take if we have providers who want to participate in a COVID-19 clinical trial?

It depends on the type of vaccine. Some live attenuated vaccines could potentially cause post-vaccination shedding of the virus to susceptible persons, requiring extra precautions to…

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…

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