COVID-19 Vaccination and Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics Resources for Healthcare Providers

New Resources for Healthcare Providers: COVID-19 Vaccination and Monoclonal Antibody Therapeutics Update

Posted Oct. 1, 2021. Past health advisories and alerts are archived for historical purposes and are not maintained or updated.


1) CDC Health Advisory: COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant People to Prevent Serious Illness, Deaths, and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes from COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for pregnant people. CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to get pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. CDC recommendations align with those from professional medical organizations serving people who are pregnant, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Accumulating data provide evidence of both the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy, because the benefits of vaccination for both pregnant persons and their fetus/infant outweigh known or potential risks. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can prevent severe illness, death, and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19.

Please read the full CDC Health Advisory, available at: COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant People to Prevent Serious Illness, Deaths, and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes from COVID-19



2) Promoting Vaccination in Your Patient Population – Power of Providers Initiative

SRHD encourages healthcare providers to recommend and promote COVID vaccines to all their patients, especially to their eligible pediatric population. One way providers can commit to having this conversation is by joining the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Power of Providers Initiative. Washington State Secretary of Health Umair Shah asks providers to take the Power of Providers community vaccination commitment. Sign up online to receive a certificate of participation and optional promotional materials for your office.

Purpose

As health care providers, we know you’re committed to your patients and the overall health of the community. We support getting as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as possible. Our goal is to seek patients’ vaccination status, ask them about the vaccine and offer education, provide vaccination or a vaccine referral, and empower patients to share their vaccination status.

How to commit

Healthcare providers can commit to the Initiative by agreeing to SEEK, ASK, VACCINATE, and EMPOWER (S. A. V. E.) their patients or customers:

  • SEEK: Seek your patients’ COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • ASK/EDUCATE: If your patient isn't vaccinated, ask them about the vaccine and offer education if they’re unsure.
  • VACCINATE: If your patient agrees to vaccination, provide them with a COVID-19 vaccine or a referral to a location that provides COVID-19 vaccination.
  • EMPOWER: Empower your patients to share their vaccination status with the community.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Program Enrollment Information

Another way to help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates for all ages is by enrolling in the COVID-19 Vaccine Program through DOH. To enroll, please complete the provider inquiry form. This form is only for clinics, pharmacies, or hospitals interested in administering COVID-19 vaccines.

DOH will follow-up with your organization as soon as possible. The COVID-19 Provider Enrollment Guide (PDF) provides instructions for the enrollment process. Contact DOH at covid.vaccine@doh.wa.gov with questions about the enrollment process or for technical assistance.

To find vaccination locations, please visit www.CovidVaccineWA.org.



3) Update on monoclonal antibody therapeutics access for Washington State Healthcare Providers

On Tuesday, September 14, the federal government announced a new process for distributing monoclonal antibody products to providers. Health and Human Services (HHS) will now provide allocations through the state rather than providers ordering directly from the distributor, Amerisource Bergen. DOH is working on a smooth transition to this new process.

Updated information on the process for accessing monoclonal antibody therapeutics for high risk COVID patients (including persons who are > 65 years of age, immunosuppressed, or pregnant) is available here: