• Alex Lipovtsev

New York State Vaccine Updates: New Vaccine Tracker; Week 4 Prioritization Includes Home Care Worker

CHCANYS is providing recent updates from New York State on its COVID-19 vaccine program. For a compilation of recent COVID-19 vaccine distribution updates and guidance, please see our COVID-19 Resources page. New Required Vaccine Reporting Starting today (Tuesday, January 5), the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is requiring all health care providers enrolled in the COVID-19 vaccine program to complete the NYS Vaccine Tracker between 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and 10:00 a.m. daily, seven days a week. This includes providers that have enrolled in the vaccine program but have not received vaccines to date. The information submitted should reflect all vaccine-related activity that took place on the previous day (new vaccine receipts, redistributions, administrations, waste, and inventory count). The information submitted in the State’s Vaccine Tracker is in addition to—not in replacement of—the information submitted to the two Immunization Systems in the State of New York (NYSIIS and CIR). For Moderna, health care providers must provide the following information:

  1. Vaccines received

  2. Vaccines redistributed, as authorized by DOH

  3. Vaccines administered

  4. Vaccines discarded

  5. Vaccines on hand

If you have questions about filling out this form, please contact DOH at vaccinetracker@health.ny.gov. Home Care Workers Included in Week 4 Guidance DOH’s updated Week 4 guidance includes, in this week’s prioritization groups, home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers. This guidance supersedes and replaces previous Weeks 1-4 guidance. Unused Vaccine Supply New York State issued a new directive this week requiring facilities to administer their COVID-19 vaccine within one week of receiving it. If a facility fails to do so, remaining doses will be redistributed to other facilities and the facility will be subject to a $100,000 fine. All vaccine in inventory prior to January 4, including prior set-asides, must be fully administered to eligible priority populations by the end of day on January 7, 2021. Any of these doses that are not administered by end of day on January 7 will be redistributed to another facility. The DOH directive asks that any facilities unable to administer all doses within one week please contact covidvaccinenotused@health.ny.gov. DOH staff will assist with redistribution. Inability to administer all vaccine may impact future allocations. CHCANYS is working with DOH and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to help ensure that health centers use their vaccine supplies in a timely manner and all situational circumstances are considered. Updated Vaccine/Attestation Form DOH has posted an updated New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Form that individuals must complete prior to receiving vaccine. The form includes an attestation of vaccine priority group eligibility. This form can be completed online, after which a submission ID will be received, or the form can be filled out at a vaccination site.


*** We would like to thank our colleagues from the Greater NY Hospital Association for some of the information above.

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