COVID-19 Vaccination Planning
As you know, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 17-4 (with one abstention) to grant emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services announced this morning that FDA has notified Pfizer that it is immediately proceeding with the recommendation to grant EUA. Vaccinations are expected to begin within the next few days.
The County of Sonoma through our Public Health Department has submitted initial plans to the State of California in accordance with the “CDPH Allocation Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccine During Phase 1A: Recommendations.” According to these guidelines, phase 1A (the highest priority) of allocation should be offered to: persons at risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 through their work in any role in direct health care or long-term care settings (including persons at direct risk of exposure in their non-clinical roles); and residents of skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar long-term care settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals.
The initial allotment of vaccines received in Sonoma County (I believe is approx. 4,875 doses) will not be sufficient to vaccinate all of the individuals covered in those categories. Accordingly, the State has provided guidance on prioritization of individuals within those categories.
· Acute care, psychiatric and correctional facility hospitals
· Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals
· Also, in concordance with ACIP, residents in these settings
· Paramedics, EMTs and others providing emergency medical services
· Dialysis centers
· Intermediate care facilities for persons who need non-continuous nursing supervision and supportive care
· Home health care and in-home supportive services
· Community health workers, including promotoras
· Public health field staff
· Primary Care clinics, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Centers, correctional facility clinics, and urgent care clinics
Tier 3: Other settings and health care workers, including:
· Specialty clinics
· Laboratory workers
· Dental and other oral health clinics
· Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers
Note: Each vaccine order will come with a kit containing an appropriate amount of supplies including: needles, syringes, alcohol prep pads, surgical masks and face shields; vaccination record cards for vaccine recipients.
As directed, local jurisdictions are focusing on vaccinations among the Tier 1 group. For physicians and other providers practicing in these settings, vaccinations will be prioritized and coordinated through the hospital/health system in which you practice (or in some cases by the County itself).
The Counties are still developing plans for subsequent tiers, and we anticipate that there will be a process announced in the near future. SCMA will continue to work with the counties and monitor developments. I will provide updated guidance to members as appropriate.
Solo/Small practice providers: Please make sure you have enrolled in the COVIDReadi Provider program:
The County and I are in communications. SCMA has offered to host an event for our solo/small practices who will not receive vaccines as part of the hospital groups. Please stay tuned.
CDC - COCA Presentation:
When: Monday, December 14, 2020 | 10:00 am
CA Notify App:
If you have an iPhone, you can enable this in Settings > Exposure Notifications. Android users, find the app in Google Play. CANotify does not track you and protects your privacy. Please help stop the spread and help keep hospitals from being overwhelmed. #CANotify
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com or (7070 620-0808. I may not immediately know the answer to your question, but will try to find out as quickly as possible. As always, the SCMA is here in service to our medical community. ---- Wendy Young, Executive Director