Accurate and timely documentation of COVID-19 vaccine is imperative. At this time, when so many new Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) users are registering in the system, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has shared the above infographic that promotes reporting accurate and verified immunization histories into the MCIR.
It is important to assess the immunization status of all patients at every visit. If a patient has stated that they received a COVID-19 vaccine, immunizers should ask to see their COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card. If a COVID-19 vaccine dose and type can be verified for the date the vaccine was received and the vaccine type that was administered, then the dose can be entered into the MCIR as a historical dose.
If documentation to verify receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine dose is not readily available, immunizers will need to take additional steps to confirm receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine before entering the dose into the MCIR. MDHHS does not recommend taking a verbal confirmation from the patient for a COVID-19 vaccine dose. It is important to have accurate information reported into the MCIR, so verification is necessary.
Again, if you were not the COVID-19 vaccine immunizing provider, then you should not enter the COVID-19 vaccine into the MCIR as a historical dose without verification that the patient received a dose, the date the dose was administered and the vaccine type that was administered.
Please direct COVID-19 related inquiries to the MDHHS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-535-6136. For the most up-to-date information, facts and FAQs, go to www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus.