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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 documents have been updated under Emergency Use Authorization (including Fact Sheets)
    April 9, 2021
    Immunization Tool Kit

    The following errata sheets have been added to the Immunization Tool Kit Ninth Edition:

    April 7, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following documents have been updated under Emergency Use Authorization (including Fact Sheets)

    April 5, 2021
    Vaccine Storage and Handling

    The following documents have been updated with minor changes:

    March 26, 2021
    Vaccine Storage and Handling

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

    March 24, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following document has been added under "Adverse Events":

    March 18, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following document has been added under "Standing Orders":

    March 12, 2021
    Influenza, Northern Hemisphere Information has been added on the recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2021-2022 Northern Hemisphere influenza season. March 11, 2021
    Continuing Education Credits Information on obtaining continuing education credits has been updated for the Immunization Lifelong Learners Course (ILLC) and Immunization Lifelong Learners Short Course (ILLSC) March 11, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following documents have been added for the Janssen (also known as Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine under "Vaccine Storage and Handling Resources":

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

    The following document has been updated under "Forms":

    Previous versions of this form are no longer valid and should not be used.

    March 4, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following document has been updated throughout under "Competency Assessment Checklists":

    March 4, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The CDC's Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the United States has been updated with information on the following:

    • Clinical considerations for use of Janssen (also known as Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Recommendations for fully vaccinated people who subsequently develop COVID-19.
    • Recommendations related to COVID-19 vaccination timing for immunocompromised people.
    • Contraindications and precautions to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
    • Information on interpretation of SARS-CoV-2 antibody test results after vaccination.
    March 4, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following recommendations have been added for the Janssen (also known as Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine:

    March 4, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following document has been updated under Vaccine Administration:

    March 4, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following documents have been added under "Emergency Use Authorization" following authorization of the Janssen (also known as Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine:

    March 1, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following document has been added under Medical Logistics:

    February 24, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following document has been added under Competency Assessment Checklists:

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

    The following document has been added under Vaccine Administration:

    February 19, 2021
    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 been updated with information on the following:

    • New recommendations for preventing, reporting, and managing vaccine administration errors.
    • Clarification on contraindications and precautions.
    • Updated information on delayed, local injection-site reactions after the first vaccine dose.
    • Updated quarantine recommendations for vaccinated persons.
    • Additional information and updated recommendations for testing for TB infection.
    February 16, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following document has been updated:

    Previous versions of this form are no longer valid and should not be used.

    February 12, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following content has been added under Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations:

    February 11, 2021
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following document has been updated to add a link to a storage and handling video:

    February 9, 2021
    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
    IHD COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Health Care Personnel

    The following document has been updated:

    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
    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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