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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 CDC's Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States has updated its recommendations on the following:

  • Intervals between the first and second dose
  • Interchangeability of vaccine products
  • Vaccination of persons with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • Vaccination of persons with a history of dermal fillers
  • Additional resources on vaccine excipients
January 22, 2021
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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Immunization Tool Kit 9th Edition

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1/14/2021

A practical reference that facilitates and enhances the global delivery of quality immunization healthcare to Department of Defense (DoD) beneficiaries and employees. The Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division (DHA-IHD) publishes the Immunization Tool Kit based on national recommendations, evidenced-based, peer-reviewed published medical literature, and clinical practice guidelines.

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Recommendations for Mass Immunization Events During Pandemic Conditions

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12/28/2020

During pandemic conditions, planners of mass immunization events need to consider additional measures to minimize risk of COVID-19 or similar infectious disease transmission.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update | How Vaccines are Developed

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12/14/2020
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COVID-19 vaccines are within sight in the United States! Scientists continue making progress in testing and monitoring COVID-19 vaccines for safety and effectiveness, and the federal government is ensuring that all adults who want a vaccine will be able to get one at no cost. Learn how these and other vaccines are developed, tested, and authorized for use – and how they work to prevent diseases like COVID-19. This video uses interviews and visuals to help viewers understand the science behind vaccines and why there is reason for optimism. Experts featured in the video include: Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health; Dr, Moncef Slaoui, Operation Warp Speed; Dr. Stephen Hahn, Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit http://www.coronavirus.gov.

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MHS ensures vaccine safety with immunization health care specialists

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11/2/2020
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Temperature plays a critical role in vaccine safety.

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Annual flu vaccine remains a health priority during COVID-19 era

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10/13/2020
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Annual vaccine is a covered TRICARE benefit.

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DHA’s Vaccine Safety Hubs emphasize safety

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9/29/2020
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How MHS works to improve “all things vaccine related."

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DHA-PI 6025.34: Guidance for the DoD Influenza Vaccination Program (IVP)

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Procedural Instruction (DHA-PI), based on the authority of References (a) and (b), and in accordance with the guidance of References (c) through (n), implements instructions, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures for the DoD Northern Hemisphere (NH) and Southern Hemisphere (SH) Seasonal influenza vaccination program.

Back-to-school vaccinations in the age of coronavirus

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8/12/2020
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DHA experts answer questions about back-to-school vaccines

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MHS emphasizes importance of vaccinations

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7/22/2020
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Defending the Homeland: WRNMMC Operates Drive-Up Immunization Clinic

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6/3/2020
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Parents and others (are encouraged) to maintain their immunization health during COVID-19.

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CDC maintains childhood immunization guidelines during COVID-19

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5/1/2020
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Amid COVID-19, seasonal influenza still a threat to force readiness

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4/29/2020
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DHA IPM 20-002: Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccination Program

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Interim Procedures Memorandum (DHA-IPM), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) procedures to implement instructions, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for the Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccination Program. All Active Duty, Selected Reserve, and National Guard members receive an annual influenza vaccination. Personnel who are traveling to, conducting a permanent change of station to, or are located in the Southern Hemisphere will receive the Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine or obtain an exemption (e.g., medical or administrative) in accordance with guidance in paragraph 6.a. of Attachment 2. Military personnel residing in the Southern Hemisphere who have received the Southern Hemisphere influenza vaccine in accordance with Appendix 1, meet the annual influenza immunization requirement.

General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

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2/21/2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends routine vaccination to prevent 17 vaccine-preventable diseases that occur in infants, children, adolescents, or adults. This report provides information for clinicians and other health care providers about concerns that commonly arise when vaccinating persons of various ages.

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Sorry flu, not this year

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1/27/2020
U.S. Air Force Kathryn Klein, right, an aerospace medical service specialist with 182nd Medical Group, Illinois Air National Guard, administers an influenza vaccination during drill weekend at the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 8, 2019. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and the best prevention is getting a flu vaccine each year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Paul R. Helmig II)

The Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Medical supply chain teamed with Department of Defense partners to provide 3.4 million doses of the influenza vaccine to service members, dependents and retirees.

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