Vaccine Information

Information about the effort to vaccinate the health workforce and best practices for health care providers to improve vaccination rates.

(02/24/21) Pharmacy Students, Dentists, Other Health Care Providers Can Administer COVID-19 Vaccine in Kansas
Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order allowing pharmacy students, dentists, paramedics and others in health care professions to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

(02/23/21) Primary Care & COVID-19: Round 26 Survey
The Primary Care Collaborative and the Larry A. Green Center have added the next round of their surveys studying the impact of COVID-19 on primary care clinicians. Key findings from this round include clinicians reporting little to no information on COVID-19 vaccines at the local level, and clinicians reporting significant physical and mental tolls relating to the pandemic.

(02/22/21) Countless Homebound Patients Still Wait for COVID-19 Vaccine Despite Seniors’ Priority
Unlike nursing home patients, seniors at high risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 that are homebound are having a difficult time getting vaccines, according to this KHN article.

(02/19/21) It’s Essential to Understand Why Some Health Care Workers are Putting Off Vaccination
This article discusses vaccine hesitancy among health care workers. Early data from reports conducted in December by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that health care workers overall were about as likely to be hesitant about getting the vaccine as the general population. A new report by a consortium of Universities found that low-income health care workers were also less likely to receive the vaccine. Some key lessons about why some health care workers are putting off the vaccine are emerging from these early trends.

(02/20/21) Health Care Staffing Concerns Ease as Workforce gets Vaccinated for COVID-19
This article from GazzetteXtra discusses the impact of prioritizing vaccination among healthcare workers. Mercyhealth’s Medical Director, Mark Goelzer, anticipates an ease in staffing concerns as more front-line workers get vaccinated. Although, new CDC guidelines will assist with keeping healthcare workers on the job, staffing levels at health care facilities could still be affected by vaccine hesitancy among some employees.

(02/19/21) To Vaccinate Veterans, Health Care Workers Must Cross Mountains, Plains and Tundra
This article from Kaiser Health News covers the difficult journey health care workers are making in an effort to vaccinate vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, such as veterans in rural Montana. Health care workers in the Veterans Health Administration are transporting primarily the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which requires use within 12 hours of thawing.

(02/19/21) Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among 6 Top U.S. Hospitals
This article from Becker’s Hospital Review highlights vaccination rates among health care workers in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Houston Methodist, NYU Langone Hospitals, Rush University Medical Center, Stanford Health Care, and University of California.

(02/17/21) Armed and Ready for the Future: Dental Hygienists and Dentists Administering Vaccines
This opinion piece calls for increased regulatory flexibility to allow dentists and dental hygienists to administer COVID-19 vaccines. In 2009, New York and Massachusetts allowed dentists to administer H1N1 vaccines, and following a similar pattern may allow further access to vaccination.

(02/11/21) Primary Care Remains Untapped As US Struggles to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines
A recent survey conducted by the Primary Care Collaborative and the Larry A Green Center shows that the vast majority of clinicians believe primary care should support vaccine distribution despite the challenges that primary care practices are facing.

(02/10/21) Dentists Given Authority to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine, Per Gov. Cooper Executive Order
Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 193 on Feb. 9, which gives NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen discretion to expand the types of providers who may have the authority to administer FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Dentists licensed in North Carolina are now included in that provider group.

(02/09/21) White House to Ship COVID-19 Vaccines Directly to Community Health Centers
The White House has announced that a newly developed program will allow community health centers to receive COVID-19 vaccines directly from the federal government. The goal of the community health center program is to focus on equitable vaccine distribution, in order to reach traditionally underserved areas.

(02/09/21) About 60% of Nursing Home Staff Declined COVID Vaccines, Walgreens Exec Says
This news article discusses the challenges that Walgreens and CVS Health are facing due to vaccine hesitancy among staff members of long-term care facilities.

(02/09/21) Vaccine Hesitancy vs. Vaccine Refusal: Nursing Home Staffers Say There’s a Difference
This article from Kaiser Health News discusses vaccine hesitancy among health care workers in nursing homes.

(02/09/21) Biden Wants to Partner With Health Centers to Promote More Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
The Biden administration plans to partner with community health centers to improve access to vaccines in the hardest-to-reach-populations. The administration’s strategy also proposes that health centers will have access to vaccine distribution plans and be able directly access the vaccine supply.

(02/05/21) What Does a Multi-Dose Series Mean for the COVID-19 Vaccination Effort?
This article from Kaiser Family Foundation discusses the key issues related to a multi-dose vaccination series.

(02/05/21) Some Health Workers Say They’re Not Refusing the Vaccine, They Just Need Some Time
This news article discusses the vaccine hesitancy among health care workers, particularly in nursing homes.

(02/04/21) How New Models of Vaccine Development for COVID-19 Have Helped Address an Epic Public Health Crisis
This journal article from Health Affairs analyzes how resources, cooperation, and innovation have contributed to the accelerated development of COVID-19 vaccines.

(02/04/21) Reflections on Governance, Communication, And Equity: Challenges And Opportunities In COVID-19 Vaccination
This Journal article from Health Affairs discusses the challenges and opportunities of the Covid-19 vaccination roll out.

(02/02/2021) Why Are so Many Health-Care Workers Resisting the COVID Vaccine?
This article, published in the New Yorker, discusses reasons behind vaccine hesitancy among health care workers, where as many as one-third are reporting reluctance to receive a vaccine. Certified nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians, home health aides, and others are reporting substantially higher rates of reluctance compared to nurses and physicians.

(02/02/21) To Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Engage Behavioral Health Providers
This post from the Health Affairs blog advocates for utilizing behavioral health providers to assist in both education and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The post also calls for increased funding for behavioral health services, as ensuring patients with behavioral health conditions receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will require further effort.

(02/01/21) HHS Amends PREP Act Declaration to Increase Workforce Authorized to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a fifth amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to increase the workforce authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

(02/01/21) Why Health Care Companies Are Paying Workers to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
This article examines the hesitancy of health care workers to get vaccinated and examines the new trend among health care companies to pay their workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

(01/31/21) Patience Is Key When Reacting to Health Care Workers Who Refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine
This NPR podcast urges to show patience to nursing home staff workers who decline the COVID-19 vaccine.

(01/29/21) Most Nursing Home Staff in NY Are Skipping the COVID-19 Vaccine, and No One Really Knows Why
This article finds whereas long-term care facilities in New York are taking the vaccine in large quantities, staff at skilled nursing facilities are choosing not to get vaccinated. In New York, 72% of residents and 44% of workers have been vaccinated so far.

(1/28/21) Growing Racial Inequities in LA County Vaccine Rollout Raise Alarms
An LA Times article examines the disparity among Black healthcare workers who have been vaccinated compared to other racial groups.

(01/25/21) What’s It Like to Get the Second Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine? We Asked Health Workers
Some health workers who were among the first to get a COVID-19 vaccine have recently received their second doses. This article from WHYY’s Health Desk discusses interviews with health workers about their experience receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, whether they had any side effects, and what it means for them to be fully vaccinated.

(01/22/21) Four Steps to Help Achieve COVID-19 Vaccine Adoption: How Health Professionals Can Embrace Their Role As Messengers
This Health Affairs blog post suggests 4 strategies that health professionals can use to optimally leverage their position as vaccine messengers. The 4 strategies include: recognizing vaccine hesitancy, learning from disinformation campaigns, avoiding offering false reassurance, and shifting traditional public health messages to community-based, hopeful ones.

(01/22/21) Some Health Care Workers Hesitant to Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Complicating Public Health Efforts
This video from CBS News covers the hesitancy some health care workers are expressing over being vaccinated for COVID-19. An estimated 29% of health care workers say they probably will not or definitely will not be vaccinated, leading experts and organizations to try alternate strategies to build trust and improve vaccination rates among their staff.

(01/22/21) I’m a Black Doctor Who Didn’t Trust the COVID Vaccine. Here’s What Changed My Mind.
An opinion piece from a black doctor that argues for normalizing hesitancy to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The writer discusses her concern that the underrepresentation of black people among those who have been vaccinated will lead to an increase of racial disparities in COVID-19 infection and mortality rates.

(01/21/21) Key Characteristics of Health Care Workers and Implications for COVID-19 Vaccination
This issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides overviews of demographic characteristics and health insurance coverage for health care workers with direct patient contact. The goal of the analysis is to improve understanding of the makeup of health care workers to better inform vaccination efforts.

(01/19/21) ‘You Can’t Treat If You Can’t Empathize’: Black Doctors Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy
This article from NPR covers the historical reasons behind vaccine hesitancy among Black Americans, as well as how Black physicians and other health care providers can work to improve vaccination rates and treatment of Black patients.

(1/15/21) New Survey: 15% of US Healthcare Workers Refuse to Take COVID Vaccine
A new survey finds that 15% of healthcare workers who have been approved for the COVID-19 vaccine are refusing to take it. This is the first comprehensive vaccine hesitancy survey of healthcare workers in the United States.

(01/15/21) Geography Is Destiny: Dentists’ Access to COVID Shots Depends on Where They Live
Dentists are experiencing difficulty being vaccinated for COVID-19, according to this article from Kaiser Health News. In some states, dentists are lower on the priority list for receiving vaccines than other health care workers, even though dental work remains high risk for exposure to COVID-19.

(01/15/21) CVS and Walgreens Under Fire for Slow Pace of Vaccination in Nursing Homes
A federal program to send pharmacists from CVS and Walgreens into long-term care facilities to vaccinate staff and patients has reportedly hampered the vaccination process in many of these locations, according to nursing home directors, health care officials, and others. This article from CNN and Kaiser Health News covers these difficulties.

(01/14/21) Hospital Offering Employees Money in Exchange for Getting COVID-19 Vaccine
In an effort to increase vaccination rates, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other health care facilities across the United States are offering employees financial bonuses in exchange for being vaccinated.

(01/13/21) Hospitals’ Rocky Rollout of COVID Vaccine Sparks Questions of Fairness
This article from Kaiser Health News highlights the questions hospitals across the United States are facing in the wake of their vaccination rollout plans, which have often come with controversy. Lacking a consistent federal strategy, many states and health systems have created their own plans, sometimes vaccinating workers and administrators who do not treat patients before vaccinating the entire patient-facing workforce.

(01/10/21) At Elite Medical Centers, Even Workers Who Don’t Qualify Are Vaccinated
Nonclinical workers are being vaccinated at medical centers across the United States, even as front-line staff at many hospitals are still not vaccinated. Younger, healthy graduate students and health care administrators are reportedly receiving the vaccine ahead of older, patient-facing essential workers.

(01/10/21) Despite Having Intimate Knowledge of the Pain and Death Caused by the Coronavirus, a Surprising Number of US Healthcare Workers Are Refusing to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine
An article from Business Insider discussing the issue of health care workers in the United States who are declining to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Recent reporting has found as many as 80% of staff in some facilities are rejecting the vaccine, causing concern about the increased risk of the virus to health care providers and their patients.

(01/07/21) COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Health Care Workers in the United States
This journal article that examines healthcare workers attitudes to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination to better understand the barriers to widespread vaccination acceptance.

(01/06/21) January 14 Web Event: A Shot in the Arm for Long-term Care Facilities? Early Lessons From the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to High Priority Populations
The Kaiser Family Foundation conducted an interactive web event featuring expert advice and key takeaways of the COVID-19 vaccine administration in the long-term care industry. The webinar included perspectives from patients, nursing home officials, and pharmacy providers performing vaccinations, among others.

(01/05/21) Some Health Care Workers Say They Are ‘Forgotten’ in COVID-19 Vaccination Plans
Health care workers who work for staffing agencies are reporting inability to be vaccinated for COVID-19, even as they work across multiple facilities. Private medical practices are also reporting they are unable to secure vaccines for their providers due to lack of hospital affiliation.

(01/05/21) COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Get to Long-term Care Facilities Quickly Enough
This article from NPR covers the current deadly reality of the COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care facilities. Although vaccination has begun in long-term care facilities across the United States, deaths from COVID-19 among staff and residents are on the rise.

(01/04/21) COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among Health Care Workers in the United States
This journal article examines attitudes about COVID-19 vaccination among health care workers to better address barriers to widespread vaccination acceptance.

(01/04/21) Primary Care & COVID-19: Round 24 Survey
This survey from the Primary Care Collaborative interviewed nearly 1,500 primary care clinicians from all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico between December 11-14, 2020. Key findings include 89% of respondents stating they will voluntarily be vaccinated for COVID-19 when possible, with just 5% reporting their workplace will require it of them.

(01/04/21) Cuomo Threatens Fines for Providers That Don’t Use Vaccines Quickly
New regulation from the New York State Department of Health was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding the need of health care providers within the state to utilize all their vaccine allocations within 7 days or risk fines and loss of future vaccine allocations. During a press conference, it was announced that less than half of all vaccines distributed thus far have been used.

(01/04/21) ‘Planning Is the Antidote to Panic’: Providence Hospital System Defies America’s Slow Vaccine Rollout Trend
In this article from CNBC, the chief clinical officer for Providence Hospital System details how the organization has managed to vaccinate more than 60,000 employees in 51 hospitals spread across seven states. The system made rigorous plans and utilized technology to help evaluate risk and prioritize which workers would be vaccinated when.

(01/04/21) ‘Still Waiting for My Turn’: Primary Care Doctors Are Being Left Behind in The Vaccine Rollout
Primary care providers who are not affiliated with hospital systems are struggling to acquire vaccines, even as they treat patients infected with COVID-19. A recent survey found that more than three-quarters of primary care clinicians are unsure where or when they will be able to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

(01/03/20) Large Numbers of Health Care and Frontline Workers are Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine
Many health care workers throughout the United States are reportedly declining to be vaccinated for COVID-19, with some places reporting more than 50% of workers refusing. Although currently not required in most States and federally, there is a chance vaccination will be mandated if sufficient numbers of vaccinations to prevent further outbreaks of COVID-19 do not occur.

(12/31/20) Ohio Gov: 60 Percent of Nursing Home Staff Elected Not to Take COVID-19 Vaccine
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently announced that a majority of staff in long-term care facilities in Ohio have refused to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Ohio does not require these health care workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but strongly encourages it.

(12/28/20) Willingness of Long‐Term Care Staff to Receive a COVID‐19 Vaccine: A Single State Survey
This journal article strategizes a plan for COVID 19 vaccine distribution in Indiana, surveying nursing home and assisted living facility staff.

(12/28/20) As Hospitals Rollout COVID-19 Vaccines, Health Care Workers Describe Chaos and Anger
Health care workers in multiple states are reporting frustration with the vaccination process being used by individual health systems, where providers treating COVID-19-infected patients are being vaccinated secondary to providers with minimal exposure.

(12/23/20) Some Said the Vaccine Rollout Would Be a ‘Nightmare.’ They Were Right
In this opinion piece, jointly published by The New York Times and Kaiser Health News, some of the problems with vaccine distribution and allocation for the health workforce are analyzed. Issues with communication and federal oversight have led to delays and fewer vaccines being delivered to states than initially promised.

(12/21/20) 3 Lessons From Stanford’s COVID-19 Vaccine Algorithm Debacle
This article from STAT offers some lessons learned regarding the issues Stanford’s health system experienced in utilizing an algorithm to determine which health care workers would be prioritized for vaccination. These lessons include testing the algorithm more before implementation and considering how data may contain structural bias.

(12/21/20) US Healthcare Workers Protest Chaos in Hospitals’ Vaccine Rollout
Health care providers at multiple hospital systems throughout the United States are expressing frustration and protesting current vaccine distribution plans. Some hospitals have blamed poorly-functioning technology as a reason providers are unable to book appointments or have been overlooked for priority.

(12/19/20) ‘I Failed’: Operation Warp Speed Leader Takes Responsibility for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Confusion
Governors of multiple states have complained of receiving fewer COVID-19 vaccines than originally promised from the federal government. The leader of Operation Warp Speed, General Gustave Perna, states he takes responsibility for communication issues and that there should be no further issues with production or distribution of the vaccines.

(12/18/20) Only 7 of Stanford’s First 5,000 Vaccines Were Designated for Medical Residents
Medical residents are an essential workforce treating patients infected with COVID-19, however their needs are not always prioritized by health systems. An investigation from ProPublica found that medical residents were not prioritized for vaccination over physicians who do not usually treat patients.

(12/18/20) Hospitals Grow Tense Over Who Gets Vaccinated, How It’s Decided
As hospitals make decisions regarding vaccine prioritization, some have come under fire for prioritizing high-ranking providers who do not typically treat patients over providers working directly with patients.

(12/17/20) Officials Stress That the Pandemic ‘Is Not Over Yet’ as US Vaccinations Begin
Although vaccinations for COVID-19 have begun with priority populations in the United States, there is still widespread uncontrolled infection. As vaccine supply is limited, health officials are urging resiliency and patience in adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

(12/17/20) Nursing Homes, Ravaged by COVID-19, Start Vaccinating the Most Vulnerable
In this article from The New York Times, nursing home administrators discuss their optimism over vaccines for COVID-19, but warn the battle to end the pandemic is far from over. Staff and residents of long-term care facilities in several states are now receiving some of the earliest doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

(12/17/20) Some Health Care Workers Are Getting the Vaccine. Others Aren’t. Who Decides?
Health care workers across the United States are waiting for information on when they will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. With broad federal guidance, many states and hospital systems themselves have set more specific protocols, however smaller clinics and emergency responders are worried they will be forgotten.

(12/15/20) Nursing, Doctor and Hospital Groups Urge Health Workers to Take COVID-19 Vaccine
National groups representing nurses, doctors, and hospitals are urging all health care providers to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible. The American Nurses Association, American Medical Association, and American Hospital Association are seeking to overcome opposition to a vaccine and help protect doctors, nurses, and patients.

(12/14/20) Hospitals Prepare to Vaccinate Workers: 6 Things to Know
This update from Becker’s Hospital Review covers the mass distribution and vaccination efforts for the first approved vaccine for COVID-19 in the United States. Long-term care facilities and hospitals prepare to vaccinate their highest risk staff and patients in an effort to bring an end to the pandemic.

(12/14/20) COVID ‘D-Day’: ICU Nurse in New York Among First in Country to Receive Vaccination
The first health care worker in the United States has received the first approved vaccine for COVID-19. This vaccination marks the beginning of the largest vaccination campaign in the history of the country.

(12/14/20) Hospitals Scramble to Prioritize COVID Vaccine for Their Workers. Who Gets Them First?
Although a vaccine for COVID-19 has been approved for use in the United States, the limited supply of the vaccine means hospitals and states have needed to set priorities for administration. These priorities often include those at highest risk, such as elderly individuals or those who treat the sickest patients with COVID-19.

(12/10/20) Health Care Professionals Can Decline COVID-19 Vaccine — for Now
Some health care professionals are concerned with the leading COVID-19 vaccines, with some surveys showing as many as one-third of nurses stating they would refuse to take a vaccine. This article discusses the history of mandatory vaccination and discusses how health care providers will be allowed to refuse the vaccine, at least for the time being.

(12/04/20) Health Systems Eye Staggered Schedule and End-of-week COVID-19 Shots to Mitigate Workforce Shortages
Health systems across the United States are preparing for receipt of the first batches of COVID-19 vaccines, requiring strategic scheduling and prioritization for employment inoculation. Workforce shortages are already a reality throughout the nation, with fear that side effects of COVID-19 vaccines could sideline more workers leading to these new strategies.

(12/01/20) Health Care Workers, Nursing Home Residents to Be Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine
This article from NPR covers the vote from a federal advisory committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that authorized the first doses of COVID-19 vaccination to go to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

(11/27/20) Hospitals Race to Set Vaccine Priorities for Health-care Workers
With a COVID-19 vaccine appearing imminent, health care systems throughout the US are creating plans for internal distribution of a vaccine. The United States has 21 million health care workers, likely requiring prioritization even among health care workers for who will receive a vaccine given expectations of fewer doses being available initially.

(11/24/20) Some Health Care Workers Are Wary of Getting COVID-19 Vaccines
Most states have made plans to prioritize frontline health care workers for COVID-19 vaccination, however some of these providers have voiced concern over the safety and effectiveness of any COVID-19 vaccine. This article covers how the politicization and speed of the vaccine development process have impacted trust of health care workers.

(11/18/20) States Are Getting Ready to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines. What Do Their Plans Tell Us So Far?
This issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation investigates how prepared states are for distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. The brief looks at the the priorities for distribution of a vaccine as well as which providers will administer the vaccine and how the data on vaccine use will be collected and reported.

(11/11/20) ‘We’re Being Left Behind’: Rural Hospitals Can’t Afford Ultra-cold Freezers to Store the Leading COVID-19 Vaccine
This article from STAT highlights fears rural hospitals are vocalizing over the difficulty transporting and storing the leading COVID-19 vaccine, which Pfizer has announced will require ultra-cold freezers and cannot be refrozen upon thawing.

(11/10/20) Most States Aren’t Ready to Distribute the Leading COVID-19 Vaccine
ProPublica has published a review of state distribution plans for the leading COVID-19 vaccine, based on an announcement this week on early success from Pfizer. The investigation finds that most states, especially those with large rural populations, will find difficulty distributing the vaccine based on the current storage and transportation requirements to maintain the vaccine effectiveness.

(11/05/20) First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses to Go To Health Workers, Say CDC Advisers
A committee head for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that health care workers will be prioritized to receive the first doses of any effective COVID-19 vaccine. The order in which health care providers are granted access to an approved vaccine will depend on the approval process from the Food and Drug Administration itself.

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