State Asks Hospitals to Submit Vaccine Administration Data
The state Health and Human Services Agency has asked any organization with as-yet-unreported COVID-19 vaccine administration data to submit that data as soon as possible. While the original deadline was Jan. 18, there is still time to submit and help close what may be a significant gap between doses received in California and doses administered. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that, as of Jan. 17, vaccine providers have reported administering roughly 1.3 million of the 3.2 million doses (first and second doses) shipped to vaccine providers statewide.
The concern is that the administered doses may not yet have been reported to — and recorded in — the California Immunization Registry (CAIR). As a reminder, vaccinators are asked to record doses administered in the patient record within 24 hours and to use their best efforts to report administration data to CAIR as soon as practicable and no later than 72 hours after administration. Hospitals that have questions about or difficulties with reporting can get assistance at the CDPH Reporting Requirement Site.
Providers Advised to Stop Administering One Lot of Moderna Vaccine
On Jan. 17, CDPH issued a recommendation to providers that they pause the administration of lot 41L20A of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine due to possible allergic reactions. The recommendation came after a higher than usual number of allergic reactions were reported at one community vaccination clinic; fewer than 10 individuals required medical attention over the span of 24 hours. More than 330,000 doses from this lot, which arrived in California between Jan. 5 and 12, have been distributed to 287 providers across the state. The state has not been notified of any other cluster or individual events related to this lot.
The manufacturer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration are reviewing the lot and related medical information. A follow-up investigation of outcomes of the affected individuals is underway, and the state will release additional information when it is available.
Key Messages on Vaccinations for Hospitals
These key messages are available for hospital use/customization when responding to questions about vaccination challenges and process.
DHCS Issues Reminders for Behavioral Health Providers
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has issued a reminder that behavioral health providers and staff are prioritized with other health care workers for vaccines. Additionally, staff working in correctional facilities are tier 1 and should be prioritized. As local public health departments are actively working to adapt to new vaccine guidance and facilitate mass vaccination, some counties are offering online vaccination scheduling, including Alameda, Alpine, Butte, El Dorado, Inyo, Lake, Los Angeles, Mono, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Sutter, Tehama, Ventura, and Yuba.
DHCS also hosts weekly calls on Wednesdays at 8 a.m. (PT) for behavioral health providers to share updated information from CDPH and DHCS. Visit the DHCS Webex site to join the meetings, and see notes from previous calls on the DHCS website.
Recent Media Coverage on Crisis Care Standards
Below is a sample of some media coverage from CHA’s Jan. 14 media call about crisis care:
- Becker’s Hospital Review: California hospitals should prepare for crisis care, hospital association CEO says
- San Francisco Chronicle: California braces for highly contagious new coronavirus variants as vaccinations lag
- Modern Healthcare: California hospitals prepare ethical protocol to prioritize lifesaving care
- Los Angeles Times: Hospitals teeter on edge of ‘last-resort’ guidelines for care