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IHD COVID-19 VACCINE RESOURCE CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL

Note: To see the latest COVID-19 vaccine content for DoD health care personnel,
sorted by date, check "What's New" below.

COVID-19 VACCINE TRAINING MATERIALS AVAILABLE FROM THE CDC

Visit the 2020-2021 Seasonal Influenza Resource Center


Tool Kit

The Ninth Edition of the Immunization Tool Kit (ITK) is now available in print exclusively for health care personnel within the Department of Defense. The ITK is a comprehensive resource booklet based on military immunization policy, national recommendations, evidenced-based, peer-reviewed published medical literature, and clinical practice guidelines. DoD health care personnel can:


A new injectable smallpox vaccine, JYNNEOS, received licensure
from the FDA in September 2019. Visit our JYNNEOS webpage for details.

Social-media rumors about anthrax vaccine and VA disability ratings are unfounded. Click here for important information regarding anthrax vaccine safety.

The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) supports Department of Defense (DoD) immunization programs and provides clinical consultative services, educational support, and training resources for the entire DoD family. To learn more, visit our:

What's New

The following content has been updated within the last 30 days:

Document What's changed Date Posted 
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

The following document has been updated:

January 15, 2021
Immunization Tool Kit (ITK)

The following pages in the ITK have been updated to reflect the discontinuation of the Zostavax shingles vaccine:

January 14, 2021
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

The following document has been updated:

January 12, 2021
Immunization Lifelong Learners Short Course (ILLSC) The ILLSC scheduled for Naval Operations Support Center (NOSC) Washington DC has been rescheduled to January 21-22, 2021. January 12, 2021
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

The following documents have been updated:

January 5, 2021
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

The following documents have been updated to clarify the number of doses of vaccine per vial after dilution and the instructions for reporting vaccine adverse events:

December 28, 2020
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

Information on COVID-19 vaccine has been added in the following categories:

December 23, 2020
Vaccine Storage and Handling

The following documents have been updated to add information on COVID-19 vaccines:

December 23, 2020
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

Information on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been added in the following categories:

December 22, 2020
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

Information on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been added in the following categories:

December 21, 2020

MMQC-20-1258: Pneumovax 23

Merck recommends that health care providers (HCPs) immediately discontinue use of PNEUMOVAX23 prefilled syringes, and assess the records of individuals who may have received doses from the affected lots to determine if patients need another dose of Pneumovax 23.
December 17, 2020
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

COVID-19 vaccine content has been added in the following categories:

December 14, 2020
IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

The following content from the CDC has been added under "Vaccine Safety":

December 10, 2020

IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

The following policy documents have been posted:

December 9, 2020
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Training Center

The DHA Education and Training Directorate (J7) is offering Continuing Education/Continuing Medical Education to those who complete the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Training. Registration is required. 

The CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit has been updated to include information on best practices for storing and handling COVID-19 vaccines.

December 1, 2020
Important Announcement

The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) offers two recurring in-person and virtual training opportunities: the two-day Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC) and the one-day Immunization Lifelong Learners Short Course (ILLSC). Individual courses will be announced here when they are opened for registration. These courses are designed to ensure health care personnel are trained in vaccine policy, vaccine safety, and effectiveness based on national and DoD guidelines.

Continuing education will be available for these activities. See our Immunization Lifelong Learners Course or Short Course pages for more details and for listings of each course.

Vision

A premier, responsive, patient centered organization promoting excellence in immunization health care practice and policy for service members and beneficiaries.

Mission

Support Force Health Protection and Readiness, and the Military Health System (MHS) by developing and promoting programs and services that enhance immunization effectiveness, safety, and acceptability. Provide evidence based solutions that improve immunization health care through policy implementation guidance, strategic communication, education, training, and clinical services worldwide.

Immunization Resources

Joint Regulation Immunization  Standing Orders booklet  Tool Kit

S&H Guide  Best Practices  Pink Book  Yellow Book

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Prevent to Protect: Barbara and Floriann

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DHA IPM 19-006: 2019–2020 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program (IVP)

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (o), implementing instructions, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the seasonal influenza vaccination program. • This DHA-IPM cancels and reissues DHA-IPM 18-005. • This DHA-IPM is effective immediately and will expire 12 months from the date of issue.

Vaccines: A public health success story

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Tech Sgt. Joseph Anthony, medical technician with the 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, administers a vaccination to a member of the U.S. Army Reserve’s 336 Engineering Company Command and Control, Chemical Radiological and Nuclear Response Enterprise Team at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, April 11, 2019. Department of Defense-issued vaccinations are used to prevent a variety of diseases that military members may encounter in the course of their duties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua J. Seybert)

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Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures to establish a uniform DoD immunization program, in accordance with the authority in DoDD 6200.04 and DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1010.10.

Checklist: Best Practices for Vaccination Clinics Held at Satellite, Temporary, or Off-Site Locations

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A step-by-step guide to help clinic supervisors follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Defense (DoD) guidelines while overseeing any nontraditional vaccination clinic setting.

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Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger — United States, 2019

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Updated Framework for Development of Evidence-Based Recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices

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Global Routine Vaccination Coverage — 2017

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