BPHC Bulletin: Your Health Center’s Plans for Pediatric Vaccinations

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Health centers play a key role in ensuring our nation's underserved communities and those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are equitably vaccinated against COVID-19. We appreciate your tremendous work to date!

As mentioned in our bulletin last week, we would like to get a better understanding of health center plans for vaccinating children under 12 years old once a pediatric vaccine is authorized.

We’ve sent an email to the Project Director identified in HRSA’s Electronic Handbooks for your health center. This email came from BPHCAnswers@hrsa.gov and has subject line, “Your Health Center’s Plans for Pediatric Vaccinations.”

We’d like a single representative for your health center (regardless of the number of sites) to share whether or not your health center plans to conduct pediatric vaccine clinics in partnership with schools and/or school-based health centers pending CDC and FDA approval of pediatric vaccines . Refer to question 12 in the Health Center COVID-19 Survey User Guide for definitions of vaccine clinics.

Please share your answer by 11:59 p.m. your local time on Friday, October 22.

Based on your response, you’ll receive a follow-up question:

  • If Yes (you are planning clinics), we will ask how many vaccine clinics you anticipate conducting from the date pediatric COVID-19 vaccines are authorized by the FDA and CDC through the end of the calendar year.
  • If No (you are NOT planning clinics), we will ask if there is any additional information or support HRSA can provide to help your health center conduct pediatric vaccine clinics.

This information will help us understand how best to support you over the next few months.

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, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday (except federal holidays).