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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates; Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Guidance

Below is a compilation of recent COVID-19 vaccine guidance and updates, including from the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the newly approved vaccine developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (referred to as the Janssen vaccine). New York State and other jurisdictions received a very limited initial supply of Janssen vaccine this week. DOH has instructed entities receiving Janssen vaccine to vaccinating only the following populations:

New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Program Document Package DOH updated the COVID-19 vaccination guidance to include the newly authorized single-dose Janssen vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older. The packet includes:

  • Guidance for the New York State COVID-19 Vaccination Program (effective March 5, 2021)

  • Janssen Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Letter (New York State Health Commissioner letter issued March 1, 2021 - revised)

  • New York State COVID-19 Immunization Screening and Consent Form (current version from January 20, 2021)

  • Information for Health Care Professionals about the Screening Checklist for the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Storage and Handling Overview

  • New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program Temperature Excursion Report

  • New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program Guidance for Vaccine Transport and Tracking Sheet

  • New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program Redistribution and Q&A

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Non-Patient Specific Standing Order DOH also released a new non-patient specific standing order for the Janssen vaccine. CDC Janssen Vaccine Guidance The CDC has established its Janssen vaccine guidance page, which includes how to prepare and administer the vaccine, interim clinical considerations, storage and handling resources, and vaccine FAQs. The initial allocation of Janssen vaccine is very limited, with supply picking up later this month. Storage and Handling Updates The CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is now updated to include Janssen vaccine and reflect recent updates to Pfizer storage and handling guidance. The Pfizer vaccine factsheet was recently updated to indicate that undiluted frozen vials of Pfizer vaccine may be transported and stored at temperatures commonly found in pharmaceutical freezers for up to two weeks.

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