BPHC Bulletin: Vaccine and Antibody Webinars, Survey Changes Ahead, and More

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CDC Partner Call: COVID-19 Response Vaccine Update
CDC experts will provide updates on COVID-19 vaccines and related clinical considerations.

Monday, December 21
3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

View previous CDC partner calls.

Preparing Your Health Center to Administer Outpatient COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibodies
HRSA, Operation Warp Speed, and the FDA will host a webinar to share information about preparing your health center to administer outpatient COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). What does readiness entail? What staff do I need? How many patients can I serve? Which patients can benefit from mAb? Does our insurance cover this practice? Speakers will answer these and other questions. We’re featuring speakers from health centers that are already providing infusion therapy, as well as HRSA leadership.

Tuesday, December 22
1:00-2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

Eli Lilly and Regeneron both received emergency use authorizations (EUA) from FDA for COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) indicated for at-risk patients with mild to moderate symptoms to reduce disease progression and hopefully prevent hospitalizations. Eli Lilly’s product (bamlanivimab) is a single mAb therapy. Regeneron’s product (casirivimab and imdevimab) is a therapy consisting of two mAbs that must be administered as a single infusion. HHS is currently allocating both treatments to states/jurisdictions on a weekly basis.

To learn more about how you can prepare your health center for outpatient administration of these products, join us for this webinar and see the Operation Warp Speed Therapeutics Monoclonal Antibodies Playbook.

COVID-19 Survey Schedule Changes
As mentioned in this week’s Digest, we’re making some changes to the upcoming survey schedule due to the holidays:

  • We will delay the December 25 survey (which covers December 19-25), sending it out instead on the morning of Monday, December 28. We are also extending the deadline for that survey—you will have until 11:59 p.m. your local time on Wednesday, December 30, to complete that survey.
  • We will send out the January 1 survey (which covers December 26-January 1) a day early, on Thursday, December 31.
  • Primary Care Associations: Beginning this week, the survey we send you will become biweekly (every other week). Your next survey will arrive on Wednesday, December 30.

Coming in January: New Health Center/Look-Alike Survey Questions
We want to give you advanced notice of two questions we’re adding to the health center survey next month. These will appear beginning in the survey you receive on Friday, January 8, 2021:

  • How many health center staff members have completed their COVID-19 immunization series in the last week?
  • By race and ethnicity, how many patients have completed their COVID-19 immunization series in the last week? [Enter the number of patients who completed an FDA-approved vaccine series in the last week, by race and ethnicity below.] [Note: Exclude vaccines administered to health center patients while participating in clinical trials.]

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Site
CDC’s new vaccine site has resources for clinicians and patients to answer common questions. This includes a link to the latest Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations. The information on the site helps set expectations about how the entire COVID-19 vaccination process will work. We encourage you to check it out and consider bookmarking so you can quickly get the latest information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We continually update our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage. Other resources available include our coronavirus-related funding FAQ webpage and our COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners webpage.

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).