State Encourages Primary Care Docs to Order COVID-19 Vaccines
May 14, 2021
Starting Monday, May 17, physicians will be able to order COVID-19 vaccines directly and have the vaccines delivered to their offices. Illinois’ Department of Public Health (IDPH) is shifting the COVID-19 vaccination program to “meet people where they are,” according to IDPH director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. She notes that changes in the storage requirements have made it easier to manage the vaccines in primary care settings.
To help healthcare professionals understand the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines, IDPH through its State of Illinois Rapid Notification Electronic System (SIREN) has issued the following:
- Message from Dr. Ezike to Primary Care Physicians
- COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Guidance Resource
- COVID-19 Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Wastage
ISMS encourages primary care and other interested physicians to sign up to administer the COVID-19 vaccines through the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange (I-CARE). Pediatricians are also encouraged to participate now that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for vaccinating 12- to 15-year old youth.
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