COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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Minnesota Department of Health

June 3, 2022


Pre-ordering vaccine for kids under 5 and under 6-years-old

In anticipation of the upcoming Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) meeting that will discuss the authorization of Moderna under 6-years-old and Pfizer under-5-years-old vaccines, we are planning two pre-ordering events in MIIC for providers who want to offer either of these products.  

First pre-ordering event 

  • Will open in MIIC Monday, June 6, and close at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7.  
  • Vaccine is expected to be delivered June 20-24 (assuming FDA authorizations and CDC recommendations occur no later than June 18).  
  • Please only place orders in the first ordering event if your site will be open to receive vaccine deliveries on Monday, June 20 (observed Juneteenth holiday) and can start administering vaccines soon after receipt of the product.  
  • Large pre-orders may need to be split up between the two ordering events. 

Second pre-ordering event  

  • Will open in MIIC Thursday, June 9 and close Monday, June 13.  
  • Vaccine is expected to be delivered between June 23-29.  

Considerations for pre-orders 

  • We recommend you do not over order during these pre-order opportunities. There will be more opportunities to order vaccine after the VRBPAC meeting and after CDC issues recommendations.
  • Consider ordering a small amount to have on hand at launch, then assess your practice's demand and order more.

“Up to date” with COVID-19 vaccines

On May 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their Stay Up to Date with Your COVID-19 Vaccines to include second boosters recommended for all people 50 years and older and people 12 years and older with certain immunocompromising conditions.

A person is considered up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines when all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for that person, when eligible, have been received. A person is considered “boosted” and up to date immediately after getting the recommended booster doses. 

Select the appropriate Trade Name for COVID-19 vaccine products in MIIC

Given the different formulations of Spikevax-Moderna vaccine, it is important that the correct product is reported to MIIC. When manually entering into MIIC, double-check you have selected the correct trade name. Spikevax-MOD 100mcg should be used for all full doses. Spikevax-MOD 50mcg RED should be used to report booster doses administered from vials with red caps.  

Spikevax-MOD 50mcg DKB is not yet available and therefore should not be reported in MIIC. This is a product that has dark blue caps and is reserved only for booster doses. It may be available in the future. The MIIC team will continue to contact providers who are inadvertently entering this product into MIIC. 

For a summary of all COVID-19 vaccine products that can be reported, review the Entering COVID-19 Product Information in MIIC reference sheet.  

MIIC webinar series

Join us this coming Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the third session of our four-part MIIC webinar series! Registration is not required. For more information, refer to the May 20 issue of the provider bulletin.

Pfizer shipping containers

We have received reports that some Pfizer vaccine shipping containers have changed. Pfizer uses two types of containers, a medium reusable container and a single-use thermal shipping container. Please be aware which one you have and read all instructions carefully as this affects what components you need to return. For more information, refer to Pfizer’s Return Instructions for Medium and Single-Use Thermal Shipping Containers or contact Pfizer directly.

Immunization Champion Award

MDH is calling for nominations for the Immunization Champion Award. This award seeks to recognize one person (e.g., healthcare professionals, community activists and leaders, etc.) for their leadership, innovation, collaboration, and or advocacy in flu, COVID-19, HPV, or routine childhood immunizations.  

Visit AIM Champion Awards for more information and to download the nomination packet. Submit questions and nominations via email to Melody Doan at MDH at by June 27. 

At a glance COVID-19 vaccination schedules

CDC developed an at-a-glance schedule that helps to determine how many total doses are recommended based on the primary series product, age, and immune status. This resource can be found in the summary section at the top of the Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Approved or Authorized in the United States.

Find previous bulletins at COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Updates.