COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates: corrected

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COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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Minnesota Department of Health

June 9, 2022


Pre-ordering vaccine for younger kids

Our second pre-ordering event for Pfizer under-5 and Moderna under-6 vaccine is open Thursday, June 9 and will close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 13. Vaccine ordered during this event is expected to be delivered between June 23 and June 29. We recommend ordering a conservative number of doses during pre-ordering. Consider ordering a small amount to have on hand at launch, then assess your practice's demand and order more as needed. Supply is adequate, but the amount available to states at this time is allocated based on population. There will be more opportunities to order vaccine following authorization and release of CDC recommendations.

Comirnaty gray cap vaccine availability

Both the Comirnaty and Pfizer-BioNTech gray cap vaccines will be available to order next week. Comirnaty is licensed and the Pfizer-BioNTech is approved through emergency use authorization (EUA). Both products have the same storage and handling guidelines and a gray cap. Refer to the CDC: COVID-19 Vaccine Quick Reference Guide for details. The vial contents are identical and interchangeable, however Comirnaty is only licensed for people 16 years of age and older while the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized for ages 12 years and older. Each product has a unique label with the image below reflecting the differences.

Label comparison

Image source: Provided in Pfizer training, link in the next article

Pfizer training to include vaccine for under 5 years

Pfizer’s COVID-19 training now includes information on their new vaccine presentation for 6 months through 4 years of age (maroon cap). The training will help prepare providers in the event FDA authorizes and CDC recommends the product this month. Beginning the week of June 20, sessions will increase to five days per week. More information including links to attend the sessions can be found at Pfizer: Medical Updates & Immunization Site Training for All Healthcare Providers led by Pfizer Vaccines US Medical Affairs.

Verify Pfizer purple cap vaccine expiration dates

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 purple cap vaccine expiration dates may be approaching soon. Please verify the expiration date of any doses you have left in stock. To check the expiration dates, please refer to Pfizer: Expiry Information for All Three Vaccine Presentations.

MIIC webinar series

Join us next Thursday, June 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the fourth session of our four-part MIIC webinar series! This will be an office hours event; please send your questions in advance to or bring your questions to the session! Registration is not required. You can join on the day and time by going to June 16 Microsoft Teams Live Event. To access the webinar series recordings and links to the session evaluation and CEUs, visit MIIC User Guidance Training Resources: Webinar Series. 

Find previous bulletins at COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Updates.