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March 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2024 Massachusetts Vaccine Confidence Project (MVCP) newsletter! Our goal is to introduce you to several resources that we hope can help you increase vaccine confidence in your practice.

Here at the Massachusetts Vaccine Confidence Project we are committed to increasing vaccine confidence and ensuring that all Massachusetts residents are protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

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We appreciate all that you do to vaccinate our residents!


Event Highlight: The 29th Annual MA Adult Immunization Conference -

2024: Confidence & Compassion in a Complex Vaccine World

Date: April 2nd, 2024 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Boston Marriott Newton Hotel

Registration for the in-person conference is open and ongoing; the registration fee is $150. Click here to view the conference website.

Partner Highlight: The Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC) is a statewide partnership dedicated to increasing adult immunizations through education, networking, and sharing innovative and best practices.

Immunizing adults can decrease health care costs and substantially reduce morbidity and mortality from vaccine preventable diseases. Click here for a link to Current Curated List of Resources.

Event Highlight: 2024 MAPHN Conference

Date: May 8 & 9, 2024

Location: Hilton 2 Forbes Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

More information at

The Massachusetts Association of Public Health Nurses (MAPHN) seeks to strengthen the leadership role of the public health nurses within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As the official state organization for public health nurses, the association:

  • Provides a common voice on issues of public health nursing.
  • Maintains regional chapters.
  • Provides educational programs.
  • Advocates for Public Health Nursing.
  • Enhances the health of Massachusetts residents.

Event Highlight: 2024 MDPH Immunization Updates

Dates: May and June 2024 (see schedule below) 


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Immunization Division presents updates on immunization-related topics for health care providers every spring. This series of one-hour webinars takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Registration to open in early April.


5/8: Immunization Schedule Updates

Angela Fowler, MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director for Vaccine Preventable Diseases, MDPH

5/15: Immunization 101

Laurie Courtney, MSN, RN, Immunization Nurse Manager & Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator, MDPH

5/22: Epidemiology of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Massachusetts

Juliana Jacoboski Duncan, MPH, Epidemiologist, MDPH

5/29: Vaccine Confidence - Improving the Vaccination Experience to

Reduce Anxiety-Related Vaccine Hesitancy

Kelly Moore, MD, MPH, President & CEO,

6/5: Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS)

Michelle Holmes, MPH, MIIS Interoperability Coordinator and Trainer, MDPH

6/12: Vaccines For Children (VFC) - Compliance and Vaccine Storage & Handling Training - earn your VFC Certificate!

Dylan Kirby, MPH, Vaccine Management Unit Operations Coordinator VFC, MDPH


All sessions are free and will be held via webinar (no in-person sessions).

Click here for more information

Questions? Please contact [email protected]


Has a patient told you a story about COVID vaccines that you want to check out to see if it's accurate?

The website has a webpage dedicated to dispelling misinformation. It’s called SciCheck.


The goal of this webpage is to increase exposure to accurate information about COVID-19 and vaccines, while decreasing the impact of misinformation. is a project of the Annenberg Public Health Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.


While DPH reviews Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC’s) updated guidance, DPH’s current recommendations remain in place (link included in resources below). Read the March 1, 2024 CDC Press Release here: CDC updates and simplifies respiratory virus recommendations.

Resources for Healthcare Providers

NEW CDC webpage: Respiratory Virus Guidance webpage: COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance for the General Public


Resources for Patients webpage: COVID-19 Testing Information webpage: Free telehealth for COVID-19 treatment with Paxlovid

**As of March 8, 2024: The Free COVID-19 Test Program is suspended**


NEW! Resource from

HPV Vaccine: A Guide for Adults Ages 18-26 Years ENGLISH
HPV Vaccine: A Guide for Adults Ages 18-26 Years SPANISH

Invasive cervical cancer incidence following bivalent human papillomavirus vaccination

Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute: Invasive cervical cancer incidence following bivalent human papillomavirus vaccination: a population-based observational study of age at immunization, dose, and deprivation


No cases of invasive cancer were recorded in women immunized at 12 or 13 years of age irrespective of the number of doses. Women vaccinated at 14 to 22 years of age and given 3 doses of the bivalent vaccine showed a significant reduction in incidence compared with all unvaccinated women.


The findings confirm that the bivalent vaccine prevents the development of invasive cervical cancer and that even 1 or 2 doses 1 month apart confer benefit if given at 12-13 years of age.  


“Health equity is the state in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health. Achieving this requires focused and ongoing societal efforts to address historical and temporary injustices; overcome economic, social, and other obstacles to health and healthcare; and eliminate preventable health disparities”. (CDC, 2024).

Recent event: MDPH's Immunization Division staff member and MVCP member Dr. Christy Norton was a featured speaker in the Webinar Vitality Unleashed for the Chica Project in November 2023. The webinar brought people together to enhance understanding about the current state of COVID-19, the importance of vaccination, winter preparedness and maintaining mental wellness during these times. 




In effort to promote Oral Cancer Awareness Month and Adolescent Immunization Action Week (#AIAW24), in this issue MVCP recommends resources on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. We also have included measles resources related to the recent incidence across the nation.

HPV Resources

Measles Resources

Vaccine confidence: 

The trust in the recommended vaccines, the providers who administer them,

and the process that leads to vaccine licensure and recommendations.

Our Partners

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Immunization Division
Massachusetts Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (MCAAP)
Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC)
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