COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Healthcare Providers

This page includes resources to help healthcare providers prepare to receive, administer, and recommend COVID-19 vaccines. Information about enrolling as a COVID-19 vaccine provider will be shared with healthcare providers soon. All organizations and providers that want to administer COVID-19 vaccine must be enrolled as State-Supplied Vaccine (SSV) providers for the 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2021 calendar year. If you are not currently enrolled in the SSV program, contact Heidi Wallace.  Learn more about enrolling in the SSV Program.

On February 27, 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

There is also a dedicated resource page on COVID-19 vaccine information for the public.

Support

In order to better support the needs of COVID-19 vaccine providers, RIDOH has established a provider-only Help Desk to assist with technical issues with provider standup, PrepMod support (online clinic management & appointment scheduling system), onboarding providers, and staff inquiries.

For all inquiries related to state-supplied vaccine or COVID-19 provider enrollment, vaccine storage and handling, temperature excursions, please consult the provider section of the COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ.

If there are further questions or concerns, including inquiries related to PrepMod or data reporting requirements, please call the COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Helpdesk at 888-662-4341, 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or Email: [email protected].

Training

COVID-19 vaccine can be administered by licensed providers with prescribing privileges, including physicians, physician assistants, and qualified advanced practice registered nurses. RNs and LPNs, and those with technical expertise who have received additional training, including Paramedic, Advanced EMT‐Cardiac, Advanced EMT and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) practitioners; dentists; dental hygienists with local anesthesia permit; veterinarians; optometrists, podiatrists, respiratory therapists, and medical assistants,  can administer vaccine when under the direction of a prescribing clinician. Pharmacists certified to immunize can vaccinate and pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns can immunize under direct supervision of an immunizing pharmacist.

The CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit has been updated with a COVID-19 Vaccine Addendum. The addendum provides information, recommendations, and resources to assist COVID-19 vaccination providers in properly storing and handling COVID-19 vaccines to meet the requirements of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement and information on storage and handling best practices. Jurisdictions and providers are encouraged to sign up for email alerts on the Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit website to be notified when updates are made or are encouraged to check the website often.

  • Adverse events that occur in a recipient after receipt of COVID-19 vaccine should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). FDA requires that vaccination providers report vaccination administration errors, serious adverse events, cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome, and cases of COVID-19 that result in hospitalization or death after administration of COVID-19 vaccine under EUA. Reporting is encouraged for any clinically significant adverse event, whether or not it is clear that a vaccine caused the adverse event. Information on how to submit a report to VAERS is available at https://vaers.hhs.gov/index.html or 1-800-822-7967.
  • V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after someone receives a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, vaccinated individuals can quickly tell CDC if they have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on their answers, someone from CDC may call to check on them and get more information. V-safe will also remind them to get a second COVID-19 vaccine dose for the vaccines that require a second dose. MORE

CDC, COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Medical Centers, Clinics, and Clinicians. Materials in this toolkit include a guide for building vaccine confidence within healthcare facilities; slide decks for professionals with information about COVID-19 vaccines, tips to build vaccine confidence, and tips for effective vaccine conversations with patients; posters; factsheets; FAQs; social media; printable stickers for staff to wear once they’ve been vaccinated; and a video describing how ACIP makes recommendations and advises CDC on the use of vaccines in our country.

The COVID-19 vaccine is a core component to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, as well as protecting our households and families. With misinformation and vaccine hesitancy on the rise, the RIDOH is looking to team up with healthcare organizations and community leaders throughout the state to educate Rhode Islanders with the facts and help to build trust and adoption of the COVID-19 vaccine. Check out this social media guide to see how you can help.

Other Resources:

This page links to the Rhode Island Interim Draft COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, shares information about the Vaccine Advisory Subcommittee and its members, and links to frequently asked questions and answers for the public

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