Webinars often provide a brief overview of vaccination recommendations and practical guidance for implementing them. The following webinars provide guidance for maintaining routine vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic, steps for improving vaccination service delivery, and points to consider when discussing shared clinical decision-making with patients:
- Maintaining routine vaccination during COVID-19: An MMWR report released in May 2020 found a troubling drop in the ordering and administration of routine pediatric vaccines as a result of families staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic (link here). It’s important for health care providers to ensure both pediatric and adult patients get caught up and stay on track with vaccines. Resources to assist with this include the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID) archived webinar Strategies for Immunizing in a COVID-19 Environment.
- Improving vaccination service delivery and workflow: Analyzing clinic workflow and making any necessary changes can improve vaccination service delivery and increase immunization rates. The American College of Physicians’ (ACP) archived webinar Adult Immunization 2019 Update: Improve Your Practice and Resident Education provides a step-by-step guide for an internal analysis of clinical vaccination service delivery and workflow. Such an analysis can assist with quality improvement projects. This webinar also briefly discusses shared clinical decision-making for vaccination recommendations.
- Shared clinical decision-making: Shared clinical decision-making is being used more frequently when implementing certain vaccination recommendations, including meningococcal B vaccination, HPV vaccination in patients 27-45 years, and PCV13 vaccination in adults > 65 years. The NFID has three archived webinars specific to shared clinical decision-making for vaccination recommendations: Shared Clinical Decision-Making Recommendations for Meningococcal B Immunization; Shared Clinical Decision-Making for Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccination (PCV13) in Adults 65+; and Shared Clinical Decision-Making for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization in Adults. The webinars are especially helpful because they provide specifics (i.e., useful language, helpful data, etc.) to use when discussing shared clinical-decision making vaccine recommendations with patients.
If you have questions or need additional information on this topic, please contact CDPHE’s Immunization Branch at 303-692-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.