COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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Minnesota Department of Health

July 15, 2021


Good afternoon,

Here are the COVID-19 vaccine provider updates for July 9 to July 15, 2021.

Guillain-Barré syndrome and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine

CDC and FDA have released information about the reports regarding a rare increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) after receiving the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine. We sent out a message yesterday afternoon. If you missed this information, please read the message at COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Updates.

Remember to report all cases of GBS after receiving COVID-19 vaccine to VAERS. To submit an event, go to VAERS: Report an Adverse Event.

Joint CDC and FDA statement on vaccine boosters

On July 8, 2021, the CDC and FDA issued a joint statement on vaccine boosters. They continue to not recommend booster shots for fully vaccinated people at this time. In collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, they are engaged in a science-based, rigorous process to consider whether or when a booster might be necessary. The full statement can be found at FDA: Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Vaccine Boosters.

New tool for increasing redistribution and minimizing wastage of COVID-19 vaccine

A new online tool is available for registered COVID-19 providers to help prevent vaccine wastage, facilitate redistribution, and match sites to those who need doses.

Before you place an order for COVID-19 vaccine in MIIC, review our new online tool Smartsheet: COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Redistribution Page. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) strongly encourages all COVID-19 providers to accept doses via redistribution to minimize vaccine wastage. It is essential to practice good vaccine stewardship as many countries across the world do not have sufficient access.

MDH has a contracted courier that can aid in the redistribution of COVID-19 vaccine as needed. Please note, this is also an opportunity to receive vaccine in quantities less than the minimum shipment size. Submit a request by completing the Request Vaccine Form in the online tool linked above.

Providers with excess inventory of COVID-19 vaccine doses that would better serve the community if they were redistributed to other sites should fill out the Vaccine Available Form located on the same webpage.

If you have questions regarding this new tool, please email

Verify information on vaccine recipients

When administering COVID-19 vaccines, please verify information such as date of birth or previous COVID-19 vaccine administration in your own system or MIIC before administering the vaccine. 

MDH is aware of reports of parents of adolescents giving incorrect dates of birth or people requesting to receive an mRNA vaccine after receiving the Janssen vaccine. 

Verifying this information prior to administration may prevent a vaccine administration error.

Clarification of MDH email contacts

For COVID-19 questions, please email the COVID-19 vaccine provider inbox at

For MnVFC vaccine ordering questions, please email the MnVFC team at

For MIIC questions, please contact the MIIC Help Desk at

Confirm vaccination dates in MIIC

Before recording historical vaccinations in your organization’s electronic health record (EHR), please reference the patient’s current MIIC record first because MIIC may already have the dose information. (Note: Historical vaccinations are those not administered by your organization.) Please note, if you enter an incorrect vaccine administration date in your EHR, it may be added to the client’s MIIC record as a third or fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Help us prevent this by using MIIC to look-up a client’s immunization history and recording accurate vaccine administration dates in your EHR.

Organizations can query MIIC electronically which allows you to receive a client’s immunization history from MIIC automatically and your EHR processes that information. If you would like to learn more, please contact the MIIC Help Desk at

Remember to post “DO NOT UNPLUG” warning signs

Even with appropriate equipment and temperature monitoring practices in place, power disruption can result in the entire vaccine supply being destroyed. Always take precautions to protect the storage unit’s power supply.

CDC’s vaccine storage and handling recommendations include posting “DO NOT UNPLUG” warning signs at outlets, circuit breakers, and on storage units to alert staff, custodians, electricians, and other workers not to unplug units or switch off breakers that the storage units are on. COVID-19 vaccine site visits will be looking at how sites protect the power supply.

Order stickers for free and other useful immunization materials from MDH at Order Printed Immunization Materials.

Provider guide appendix A updated

Appendix A: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (PDF) has been updated with current information on Pfizer vaccine shipments at COVID-19 Vaccine Providers.

Find previous bulletins at COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Updates.