BPHC Bulletin: New COVID-19 Survey Questions about Flu Vaccination; New FAQs

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COVID-19 Survey Change
Later today, you’ll receive an email with this week’s COVID-19 survey. Public health experts fear that the spread of another respiratory illness in addition to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could overburden the health care system. Given those concerns, we’ve added two questions about flu vaccination:

  • Is your health center experiencing challenges obtaining an adequate supply of flu vaccine doses?
  • By race and ethnicity, how many flu vaccinations did your health center administer since August 2020?

This second question is asking about the total number of flu vaccinations since the beginning of August of this year.

Next week (for the Friday, October 30, survey), we’ll change the timeframe for that question. Beginning with next week’s survey, we’ll ask about flu vaccinations administered only within the previous week.

See a preview of the updated survey and a Survey Tool User Guide that further explains the data we’re collecting.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We continually update our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage. This week we added two new questions:

  • Can health centers participate in COVID-19 clinical research trials?
  • How has the COVID-19 public health emergency impacted FTCA site visits?

Other resources available include our coronavirus-related funding FAQ webpage and our COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners webpage.

Upcoming Events

Provider Recruitment and Retention Training for Health Centers
Staffing-related shortages are a common barrier identified by health centers—especially in light of the pandemic. Join a session featuring HRSA, HRSA-funded National Training and Technical Assistance Partners (Community Health Center, Inc., and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved), and a health center. Speakers will discuss recruitment and retention promising practices and provide resources.

Tuesday, October 27
3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
Join the webinar the day of the session
Call-in: 888-323-9689
Passcode: 7945934


If you have questions about the Health Center Program and COVID-19, please contact Health Center Program Support online. Select “Coronavirus Inquiries (COVID-19)” as the issue type—the third option on the “Health Center or EHBs Question” screen.

You can also call Health Center Program Support at 877-464-4772, option 2, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday (except federal holidays).