COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Weekly Updates

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Minnesota Department of Health

February 23, 2023


COVID-19 vaccine: Planning ahead

The federal government continues to plan for moving the COVID-19 vaccines to routine vaccination programs – often referred to as commercialization -- around late summer or early fall. This means COVID-19 vaccine would be available for purchase on the private market and through the Minnesota Vaccines for Children (MnVFC) program for eligible children. 

Providers should do these things as part of vaccine management best practices, and they will also be helpful as you prepare for the eventual end of the federal COVID-19 vaccine program:

  1. Continue to reconcile inventory by reporting doses given and doses wasted in MIIC.
  2. Properly dispose of expired vaccine. Monitor for vaccine that may be expiring soon and check with manufacturers about shelf-life extensions before disposing of vaccine.
  3. Retain all your COVID-19 vaccine records for at least three years, even if you are no longer providing COVID-19 vaccine.

If you need further support or clarification to prepare for commercialization, please reach out to:

The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine (NDC# 59676-0580-15) is no longer available for ordering as supply of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been depleted. If you still have Johnson & Johnson inventory, check expiration dates using Expiry Checker: Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Under Emergency Use Authorization.

Excess ancillary kit supplies

Facilities may find that they have excess COVID-19 vaccine ancillary kit supplies. Any extra ancillary kit supplies are yours to keep and use or can be donated. Health systems, clinics, or local charities may have suggestions on organizations that can use medical supplies if you are unsure where to donate excess supplies. Extra vaccine cards may be destroyed. Please note that COVID-19 vaccine cannot be donated or returned.

Find previous bulletins at COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Updates.