COVID-19 Vaccine Information For Health Care Providers

 
 
 
 
 
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The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Immunization Program aims to protect people against known and emerging infectious diseases here in Nebraska. COVID-19 has greatly impacted the lives of all Nebraskans and this program intends to provide the COVID-19 vaccine when it is made available for allocation. The CDC believes that the COVID-19 vaccine will be limited and therefore should be allocated in a phased approach.

If a Nebraska provider is interesting in offering the COVID-19 vaccine once vaccine availability has increased, please complete this survey to determine if you meet the requirements.

State of Nebraska COVID-19 Vaccination Plan
UPDATED: 2/22/2021

Vaccine Information for the General Public

General Information

Screening

Vaccine Providers

Thank you for your willingness to administer the COVID 19 vaccine to help protect the public.

The Nebraska Immunization Program is currently allocating vaccine to enrolled COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1 providers. When the program is ready to begin Phase 2, we will contact potential providers for further information.

All facilities interested in becoming a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider MUST complete this survey.

There are no federal or state requirements that a consent has to be obtained. You do however have to provide the VIS or in this case the EUA fact sheet and document the date it was given. If your facility has an internal process that is utilized for other immunizations, we recommend using that process.

Instructions for reporting to VAERS

The vaccination provider is responsible for mandatory reporting of the following to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS):

  • vaccine administration errors whether or not associated with an adverse event,
  • serious adverse events* (irrespective of attribution to vaccination),
  • cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS) in adults, and
  • cases of COVID-19 that result in hospitalization or death.

The vaccination provider enrolled in the federal COVID-19 Vaccination Program should complete and submit a VAERS form to FDA using one of the following methods:

  • Complete and submit the report online: https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html
  • If you are unable to submit this form electronically, you may fax it to VAERS at (877) 721-0366. Form is attached.
  • If you need additional help submitting a report, you may call the VAERS toll-free information line at (800) 822-7967 or send an email to info@vaers.org.

IMPORTANT: When reporting adverse events or vaccine administration errors to VAERS, please complete the entire form with detailed information. It is important that the information reported to FDA be as detailed and complete as possible. Information to include:

  • Patient demographics (e.g., patient name, date of birth)
  • Pertinent medical history
  • Pertinent details regarding admission and course of illness
  • Concomitant medications
  • Timing of adverse event(s) in relationship to administration of Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Pertinent laboratory and virology information

Outcome of the event and any additional follow-up information if it is available at the time of the VAERS report. Subsequent reporting of follow-up information should be completed if additional details become available.

Reference Tools

Refer to the reference tools for material on how to properly manage the vaccines.

Distribution

Information about Dry Ice Providers

Redistribution

  • CDC recognizes that redistribution of vaccine may be required by state and local immunization programs. Based on information to date from the manufacturer, for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, immunization planners should consider the following:
  • Jurisdictions should only start the redistribution process for product that will be used as soon as it arrives at the new location. You should not redistribute product to a new location for long term storage.
  • Due to the recommendations from the CDC regarding the enrollment process for COVID vaccine, there regulations that need to be followed when redistributing COVID 19 vaccine.
    • COVID 19 vaccine may be transferred to other facility, physically and in NESIIS if necessary.  The receiving facility MUST be an enrolled as a COVID 19 vaccine provider and have completed NESIIS training.
    • Any facility planning on redistributing the vaccine off-site to anywhere other than the addresses listed on the submitted vaccination enrollment form will need to have a staff member present during the immunization event. The designated staff member must ensure that the vaccinations are documented as required and proper temperatures are maintained.  Vaccine MUST be returned to the original facility as leaving vaccine in an unspecified location overnight is prohibited.
    • Please contact the Nebraska Immunization Program with any additional questions or concerns.
  • Move only the amount of vaccine that is needed at the satellite locations/clinics.
  • Once a vaccine vial has been removed from the tray, the thawing process has begun. The vial cannot be returned to the thermal shipping container or to an ultra-cold freezer. 
  • Vaccine, once thawed, is viable for up to 120 hours at 2-8C. Vaccine may be transported at 2-8C if needed. After 120 hours, vaccine must be used or discarded. Any hours used for transport count against the 120-hour limit.
  • If needed, ultra-frozen vaccine may be transported in its original shipping container with dry ice or in a portable ultra-cold freezer that can maintain a temperature of -80º C, however, only full trays of vaccine can be redistributed using this method in order to reduce the likelihood of damaging the vaccine vials in transit.

If you are unsure on the integrity of vaccine in your possession, please call Pfizer Customer Service at 800-666-7248 (option 8) or email CVGovernment@pfizer.com .

This information will be updated as needed if additional product specific details are made available.

DHHS Immunization Program
Department of Health & Human Services
DHHS Immunization Program Contact List
Phone Number
(402) 471-6423
Toll Free Number
(800) 798-1696
Fax Number
(402) 471-6426
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026