Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy interns are a part of the largest vaccination campaign the world has ever seen! The pharmacy profession is now at the forefront of the vaccination effort and is standing at the ready or in many states have already been deployed to begin the phased distribution and administration of vaccinations. To monitor results, the CDC has added vaccinations to their COVID-19 Data Tracker. U.S. COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration data at the state level is updated daily. Visit the site here.
Reporting Vaccine Administration and Adverse Events
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in vaccines used in the United States. As a reminder, healthcare professionals, including pharmacies are required to report COVID-19 vaccine administration and post vaccination, patient reported adverse events (AEs). Healthcare providers are encouraged to report to VAERS any additional clinically significant AEs following vaccination, even if they are not sure if vaccination caused the event.
Pfizer Vaccine Elicits Response Against New Viral Strain
A recent in vitro study has shown that the antibodies from people who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine can effectively neutralize SARS-CoV-2 with a key mutation that is also found in two highly transmissible strains in the U.S. and abroad. While Pfizer, BioNTech, and researchers are encouraged by these early findings, additional data is needed to monitor the vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing COVID-19 caused by the newly circulating virus variants.
MarkeTouch Is Here To Help
In these challenging times – having a vaccine strategy is critical. If you are considering appointment based vaccinations and/or COVID-19 digital vaccine form management solutions, MarkeTouch can help. If you need assistance with patient notifications, MarkeTouch is your one source for a full suite of patient engagement services. MarkeTouch’s suite of omnichannel engagement solutions allow you to create one voice for all your communication needs, with a consistent, thoughtful, surround sound approach.
MarkeTouch’s COVID-19 Scheduling Solution
COVID-19 vaccination providers should make every attempt to schedule a patient’s second-dose appointment when they get their first dose.
CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Playbook – 2020
MarkeTouch has been providing a fully hosted, web-based (mobile optimized) appointment scheduling solution since 2010. Currently, 88% of all appointments scheduled, including series vaccines, are completed.
Enhancements have been made to accommodate the dynamic needs of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, allowing the ability to optimize your operations by customizing appointment availability based on vaccine inventory, staff schedule and vaccine series.
The MarkeTouch COVID-19 Scheduling solution is being used for both in-store and off-site clinics. Eliminate the need for clipboards with customized, mobile-optimized vaccine consent forms as a standalone service or incorporated into the patient appointment scheduling process.
Contact MarkeTouch today to learn more about adding the convenience of appointment scheduling to your COVID-19 vaccination strategy.