COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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Minnesota Department of Health

February 4, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

Good afternoon,

Here are the COVID-19 vaccine provider updates for 1/29-2/4.

COVID-19 vaccine provider guide updates

The provider guide has been updated with the following information:

  • Laboratory testing: Interpretation of tuberculosis test results in vaccinated people. Find more information below, and in the provider guide on page 15.
  • Reporting vaccine wastage/spoilage: Two new resources were added to COVID-19 Vaccine Providers. Find more information on page 25 of the provider guide.
  • Recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) for administering COVID-19 vaccine was added to the intramuscular administration section on page 16.

COVID-19 vaccine redistribution guide updated

The COVID-19 Vaccine: Redistribution and Off-site Vaccination Guide (PDF) has been updated with details on how to report physical redistribution and ownership redistribution of COVID-19 vaccine. Reporting redistribution helps to keep your inventory up to date.

Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)

It is important for all vaccine administrators to make sure they are giving the vaccination in the correct location. If not done correctly, shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) can occur, which can have lasting effects to the recipient. SIRVA is caused when the vaccine is given too high and too close to the shoulder joint. It can cause shoulder pain, limited range of motion, and may require ongoing medical intervention. Find more information and how to avoid SIRVA on page 16 of the provider guide.

Report SIRVA to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

New MDH guidance on integrating COVID-19 vaccine with TB testing

MDH has developed guidance on integrating the COVID-19 vaccine with tuberculosis (TB) testing in accordance with CDC’s COVID-19 interim clinical considerations. See: Integrating COVID-19 Vaccination with Tuberculosis Testing (PDF).

New MIIC menu item for viewing history of COVID-19 vaccine orders

Providers can view a history of their COVID-19 vaccine orders in MIIC. Click on “manage special vaccine events” under “vaccine management.” Enter your provider pin number to view the history of COVID-19 doses shipped to your site.

If you do not have access to this feature in MIIC please reach out to

MIIC webinars

The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) team will be conducting a four-part webinar series. Organizations will have the opportunity to ask questions and see real-time navigation through the MIIC system at each webinar.

The webinar series will be held on the Microsoft Teams Live platform on the following dates:

COVID-19 vaccine office hours with MDH

We are hosting office hours for health care providers. The office hours will happen twice a week on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Fridays at 8 a.m. and last for 30 minutes. The series kicked off this week Tuesday (Feb. 2) at 12:30 p.m.

This is time for you to ask questions of the vaccine clinical experts at MDH. Feel free to drop in at any point during the half-hour time slot.

Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.: Click here to join the Tuesday meeting. Join on your computer or mobile app.

Fridays at 8:00 a.m.: Click here to join the Friday meeting. Join on your computer or mobile app.

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