Vaccine Information

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

(04/28/21) NMSU Study: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Health Care Workers Remains a Concern
This article covers a new study from New Mexico State University on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among health care workers throughout the world. The summarizing study found that more than one-fifth of health care workers involved in studies from more than a dozen countries were hesitant to be vaccinated. Male workers, older workers, and workers with doctoral or postgraduate education were most likely to accept vaccination.

(04/26/21) COVID Vaccines More Available, but Mostly Not in Doctors’ Offices
Many physicians across the United States are reportedly unable to provide vaccines for their patients. Just one state, Maryland, has prioritized access to vaccinations for physicians offices across the state, a model the White House has expressed interest in promoting. In other locations, physicians are petitioning their local and state government for the ability to offer the vaccine to their patients.

(04/16/21) Are Health Centers Facilitating Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations? An April 2021 Update.
This issue brief from KFF takes a look at how safety net providers at community health centers are working to vaccinate low-income populations and people of color. Key findings include that a majority of individuals vaccinated at community health centers are people of color, although there are also area for improving reach to people of color.

(04/12/21) Inequity in Vaccinations Isn’t Always About Hesitancy, it’s About Access
This article from the Association of American Medical Colleges provides insight on issues of vaccine access and how providers can organize to improve vaccination rates in hard-to-reach communities.

(04/09/21) Vaccine Hesitancy Among Health Care Workers Raises Concerns
Thousands of health care workers in North Carolina have declined to get the COVID-19 vaccinations, according to an informal survey sent to 32 health systems, representing over a 100 hospitals. Those numbers are significantly less than state health care leaders expected.

(04/05/21) Giving it Our Best Shot – Statewide Vaccination Plans (UPDATED)
This toolkit offers some state-level advisory and guidance on eligibility for vaccine rollouts to help employers as well as health care systems and long-term care determine eligibility for vaccination. Although this list is not all-inclusive, it connects to resources specific to each state.

(04/05/21) Why Doctors and Nurses Can Be Vital Vaccine Messengers
Doctors and nurses have proven to be the most trusted source of information for COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccination. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation and Washington Post survey of health care workers found that nearly 9 in 10 physicians and nurses with master’s degrees report being vaccinated or plan to receive the vaccine. KFF also found that 8 in 10 patients rely on their doctors and nurses to assist with the decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

(04/05/21) Should Health Care Workers Be Required to Get Coronavirus Shots? Companies Grapple With Mandates
Silverado, a long-term care company with several locations across the country, is one of the first facilities to require their staff to at least be scheduled to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Several health care companies are debating the need to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations among their workers. A recent poll conducted by Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation found that most health care workers would support such a mandate. However, those that did not plan on receiving a COVID-19 vaccination would rather leave their jobs than be forced to get vaccinated.

(04/03/21) Health Care Providers Work to Ensure Everyone Gets Second COVID-19 Shot
Health care providers in Kern County, California are concerned as many patients are canceling their appointments to receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. The Kern County COVID-19 Task Force in collaboration with Dignity health is working to reduce vaccine hesitancy and ensure that residents are receiving their second COVID-19 vaccination.

(04/03/21) Virginia Launches New Volunteer Vaccinator Registry to Expand State’s COVID-19 Vaccination Workforce
The Governor of Virginia has recently signed legislation that will assist with expanding the state’s vaccinator workforce. Dentists, dental hygienists, veterinarians, optometrists, and health profession students are now eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. Eligible providers are encouraged to register as a volunteer COVID-19 vaccinator through the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps or the Virginia Volunteer Vaccinator Registry.

(04/01/21) In California, Blue Shield’s Vaccination Takeover Fixes What Wasn’t Broken
This article from Kaiser Health News discusses COVID-19 vaccination distribution efforts among California’s Mendocino County rural population. Approximately 40% of eligible adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Since March, health insurer Blue Shield has been appointed the lead distributor of COVID-19 vaccinations and will directly supply doses to providers.

(03/31/21) The Health Center COVID-19 Vaccination Program Is Prioritizing Hard-to-reach Communities
The Health Center COVID-19 Vaccination Program, which launched February 2021, is assisting community health centers with providing equitable COVID-19 vaccination access to underserved populations. Approximately 325 health centers are participating in the program and 700 more health centers are being added. The Biden Administration anticipates adding all 1,400 health center organizations across the US by May 2021.

(03/31/21) Federal Program to Bring Vaccine to Nursing Homes Missed Around Half of Staff
This article from NPR covers the issue of vaccine hesitancy and refusal in nursing homes. Across the United States, staff at long-term care facilities are refusing to be vaccinated for COVID-19, concerning health experts due to the outsized number of deaths and severe illness among long-term care residents from COVID-19.

(03/29/21) Survey Shows Patients and Clinicians Want Primary Care More Involved in Mass Vaccination Efforts
The 27th round of primary care surveys from the Primary Care Collaborative and the Larry A. Green Center finds that nearly half of clinicians reported their patients are seeking vaccination from their primary care provider, and nearly three-quarters of providers are seeking to provide the vaccine to aid mass vaccination efforts.

(03/29/21) COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Is Still a Major Issue Concerning Health Care Providers
Although the COVID-19 vaccination rates are increasing in North Carolina, a large portion of the population is struggling with vaccine hesitancy. Local health experts and providers are working to address vaccine hesitancy by dispelling COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and improving COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

(03/26/21) A User’s Guide: How to Talk to Those Hesitant About the COVID-19 Vaccine
In this piece published by STAT, expert vaccine scholars and physicians discuss effective methods fir addressing vaccine hesitancy among many populations. One key takeaway includes avoiding allowing emotion and fear to guide the conversation, and instead focusing on facts.

(03/25/21) Biden to Direct $100M to Boost Network of Volunteer Health Professionals
This article from Becker’s Hospital Review announces President Biden’s plan to distribute $100 million of the COVID-19 relief package to the Medical Reserve Corps in hopes of improving COVID-19 vaccination rates. The Medical Reserve Corps. is a national network of approximately 200,000 volunteer health professionals that can assist with providing administrative support and running vaccination clinics.

(03/19/21) KFF/Post Survey of Frontline Health Care Workers Finds Nearly Half Remain Unvaccinated
A new survey from KFF/The Washington Post finds that just over half of all frontline health care workers in the United States have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Another key finding of this survey is 30% of unvaccinated frontline health care workers have either not decided to be vaccinated or decided not to be vaccinated as of yet.

(03/18/21) Lessons From the COVID-19 Crisis: Overcrowding Hospitals Cost Lives
A recent study that was published on the JAMA Network and conducted by researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs found that the mortality rate of patients admitted to the ICU increased as ICU demand increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another study conducted by researchers in the U.K. found similar findings during both the first wave of COVID-19 patients and the fall surge of patients. Both studies are unsure of additional factors that may have caused the increased mortality rate, but the studies illustrate the consequences of hospitals operating at maximum capacity.

(03/16/21) CMS Hikes COVID-19 Vaccine Pay, Broadens Scope of Providers to Give Jab
The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services has increased COVID-19 vaccination reimbursement rates for Medicare beneficiaries in efforts to encourage more providers to administer the vaccine. Several health professionals have become eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccinations including dentists, optometrists, paramedics, healthcare students and retired medical professionals.

(03/15/21) Addiction and Behavioral Health Care Workers Should Have Access to COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines
This opinion piece from STAT News describes the need for addiction and behavioral health care workers to gain access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the demand for mental health services, these essential health care workers have struggled to obtain PPE and have been excluded from the priority list for the COVID-19 vaccination.

(03/12/21) A Look at How Medicaid Agencies Are Assisting with the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out
Medicaid has largely contributed to COVID-19 vaccination distribution efforts. A collaborative study from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates found that several state Medicaid programs have participated in at least one vaccine roll-out activity. Medicaid’s response efforts included outreach, technical assistance for providers, planning and implementation with public health agencies.

(03/10/21) Are Health Centers Facilitating Equitable Access to COVID-19 Vaccinations?
This issue brief from Kaiser Family Foundation focuses on the equitability of access to COVID-19 vaccines for health centers throughout the United States. The data for this brief comes from a weekly federal survey of health centers and found that more than half of patients who receive vaccination at health centers are people of color.

(03/10/21) ‘A Wild Year’: School Nurses Greatly Expand Role With COVID-19 Vaccinations
This article from STAT looks back at what the past year of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant for the role of school nurses. School nurses have filled rolls at contact tracers and symptom screeners, as well as current plans to aid in mass vaccination.

(03/09/21) Barriers Keep Many Primary Care Practices From Vaccinating Seniors
This article from STAT News highlights the challenges and barriers that primary care providers are facing during their efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations to seniors. Some of the challenges include coordinating pre-vaccination and post-vaccination care, high administration costs, and scheduling.

(03/09/21) Nursing Students are Mass Vaccinating Atlanta
Georgia State University is using its nursing program to help with mass vaccination in Atlanta. The COVID-19 pandemic has limited many nursing students in how they can acquire their clinical hours, and mass vaccinating is a valuable way to gain training opportunities lost.

(03/08/21) Health Department: 618 Vaccine Providers in all 64 Parishes Will Receive COVID Vaccine This Week
The Louisiana Department of Health has coordinated COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts with pharmacies, hospitals, public health providers, urgent cares, federally qualified health centers, medical practices, and rural health clinics. LDH has announced community vaccination events, provided a list of participating providers, and released guidance on vaccine eligibility.

(03/08/21) Long-Term Care Providers, Experts Debate Legality of Vaccine Mandates
Ethical and legal concerns are at the forefront of a debate to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for employees of long-term care facilities. Some experts believe that a federal mandate is necessary for the protection of facility residents.

(03/08/21) Now Approved to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine, NC Dentists Eager to Help Fight Pandemic
The North Carolina Dentist Board has approved dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccines in state. Dentists can now be more central to the fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

(03/04/21) The Conversation: Between Us, About Us, a New Campaign By Black Health Care Workers for Black People about the COVID-19 Vaccines
Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and Black Coalition Against Covid have launched a new campaign to better inform Black communities about COVID-19 vaccines. They are creating an ongoing visual library archive as new information and resources become available.

(03/04/21) A Review of State Health Department COVID-19 Websites: Concerns and Recommendations
This blog post from Health Affairs offers a review of websites set up by state-level health departments across the United States to address COVID-19 vaccination, highlighting issues and offering suggestions for improvement. Many health care providers are expressing difficulty finding information on becoming vaccine providers, with inconsistency in terminology and lack of clear pathways to information.

(03/04/21) Dealing With COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Health Care Workers
The head of the medical ethics division at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Arthur Caplan, discusses vaccine hesitancy among health care workers. He highlights some of the major causes of vaccine hesitancy among this group and proposes practical strategies to improve vaccination rates for health care workers.

(03/03/21) Los Angeles County Finds Fewer Cases Among Health Care Workers as More Get Vaccinated
Los Angeles county health officials report that new COVID-19 cases among health care workers have significantly declined due to high vaccination rates among this group. Nursing home and long-term facility care workers have seen the largest decrease in new cases as they accounted for one quarter of all COVID-19 cases in the county. A nationwide Kaiser Family Foundation analysis conducted between February 15 and February 23, found that Los Angeles county is leading in the race to achieve a fully vaccinated health workforce.

(03/03/21) Rural Americans in Pharmacy Deserts Hurting for Covid Vaccines
Pharmacies have played a critical role in increasing access to the COVID-19 vaccination across the United States. However, the Rural Policy Research Center found that approximately 111 rural counties do not have access to a pharmacy. Several rural communities may face disproportionate barriers of access to the vaccine which may impact vaccine distribution.

(03/02/21) Utah Department of Health Partners With Healthcare Providers To Expand COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
The Utah Department of Health announced a partnership with the University of Utah Health, Intermountain Healthcare, and Nomi Health in an effort to expand COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

(02/26/21) COVID Vaccine Survey of over 600 Health Care Providers: Shows 62% of Health Care Providers Don’t Know How to Obtain Vaccines
Rockpointe, a continuing education company in Columbia, MD, collaborated with multiple state medical societies to develop and distribute an online survey to healthcare providers. The purpose of the survey was to gain insights into their knowledge, perceptions, and experiences with COVID-19 vaccines. The survey was distributed on January 23, 2021 and received 655 health care provider responses by February 2, 2021.

(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) Home Health Care Workers Having Little Success Getting Access to COVID-19 Vaccine
Home health care workers are struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines in Florida. It is unclear how many of the 80,000 home health care workers in Florida have been vaccinated but many health workforce agencies in the state are saying only a small portion of their workforce have been vaccinated so far.

(02/23/21) Calling All Vaccinators: Closing the Next Gap in COVID Supply and Demand
This article from Kaiser Health News reports that the demand for COVID-19 vaccines is outweighing the supply of vaccines and vaccinators. States have expanded liability protections and the scope of practice for some health professionals, permitting them to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. Some states are allowing dentists, paramedics, pharmacy interns and recently retired doctors and nurses to vaccinate the public.

(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.

(02/20/21) 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) 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.

(02/19/21) 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) Primary Care & COVID-19: Round 25 Survey
This edition of the Primary Care Collaborative and Larry A. Green Center COVID-19 survey of primary care clinicians shows primary care is at the forefront in advancing vaccine distribution. Primary care providers are helping to refer, educate, and reach out to patients about the vaccine, all while remaining unsure if or when they will be able to provide the vaccine themselves.

(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.

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