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 to all Nebraskans as CDC recommendations and approval allow.​

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

Vaccine Information for the General Public

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    COVID-19 Vaccine Providers

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

    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.

    If a healthcare provider in Nebraska is interested in offering the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact the Nebraska Immunzation Program. See contact information below. 

    Process of new vaccine guidelines:

    1. Recommendations made by manufacturer.

    2. Recommendations approved by FDA.

    3. Recommendations approved by ACIP.

    4. Vaccines to be administered according to new ACIP recommendations. 

    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. 

    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 and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

    Redistribution

    • CDC recognizes that redistribution of vaccine may be required by state and local immunization programs. Based on information to date from the manufacturer, immunization planners should consider the following.
    • 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.

     

    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