COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Providers

Johnson & Johnson vaccine is again authorized for use in people 18 years or older in Washington.

Following a thorough safety review weighing the benefits and risks, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend the ongoing use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine under a revised emergency use authorization (EUA). ACIP recommended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include a warning statement and Johnson & Johnson include an information sheet at vaccination informing people about the increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).

Discard any Johnson & Johnson EUA Fact Sheets you have on hand and use the new new Johnson & Johnson EUA Fact Sheet.

Starting April 24, you may resume using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine you have on hand. Washington State should receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine again in weekly allocations.

If a patient is concerned about the increased risk associated with J&J vaccine, offer Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Are your patients 12+? Encourage them to be vaccinated.

Use DOH’s vaccine locator tool to find vaccine providers near you.

Everyone 12 years or older is eligible to get COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 12 years or older.
  • Moderna vaccine is authorized for people 18 years or older.
  • Johnson & Johnson is again authorized for people 18 years or older.

Don’t have COVID-19 vaccine? How to connect patients.

Direct patients to vaccine locator. 

If your patients do not have internet access, refer them to Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 Assistance Hotline: (800) 525-0127, then press #.

Want to administer COVID-19 vaccine? Enroll now.

If you want to administer COVID-19 vaccine, enroll now through Washington State Department of Health (DOH):

Complete the provider inquiry form. Use the COVID-19 Provider Enrollment Guide to help you through the process.

To request a COVID-19 Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) consultation follow the CDC directions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) updated guidance states providers may now administer COVID-19 vaccine simultaneous with or within any number of days of other vaccines. Washington State Department of Health no longer requires providers to use 95% of their COVID-19 vaccine supply within 7 days. Plan to always have some vaccine available for patients.

COVID-19 vaccination

Two vaccines are approved for use to prevent COVID-19 disease in the United States:

Following a thorough safety review weighing the benefits and risks, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend the ongoing use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine under a revised emergency use authorization (EUA). ACIP recommended the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include a warning statement and Johnson & Johnson include an information sheet at vaccination informing people about the increased risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).

Discard any Johnson & Johnson EUA Fact Sheets you have on hand and use the new new Johnson & Johnson EUA Fact Sheet.

Starting April 24, you may resume using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine you have on hand. Washington State should receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine again in weekly allocations.

If a patient is concerned about the increased risk associated with J&J vaccine, offer Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

See interim clinical considerations for use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the US from the CDC for administration, patient counseling, and other details.

See interim clinical considerations for viral adenovirus vector vaccines.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use a different mechanism than the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use mRNA technology to deliver genetic code allowing for the creation of spike protein.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses double-stranded DNA to transmit the virus’s genetic instructions for building the spike protein.

What can you do now?

Complete your provider enrollment. If you plan on administering COVID-19 vaccine at your facility, complete your vaccine enrollment soon.

Develop a plan to vaccinate your staff. Healthcare personnel—including first responders—who have direct patient contact (within 6 feet) and are unable to telework are eligible in Phase 1A.

Keep your patients informed on how they can get vaccinated when they are eligible.

Share accurate and reliable information with your patients. While it may be a while before everyone can receive the vaccine, everyone can access accurate information now.

Helpful Resources for Offices Administering Vaccine

Additional Information for Providers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) COVID-19 Vaccine Training Module offers a general overview of immunization best practices for healthcare providers.

The DOH COVID-19 vaccine provider toolkit has many helpful resources.

Keep your patients informed.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine planning, development and safety standards from DOH and CDC.

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