Important Updates for Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccinations

City Health Services now offers both the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 Vaccinations. Since select dates and times have been set aside, appointments are required to provide the service as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Please call our Mesa office at 480-649-5297.  

Information below provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services.  It is subject to change.  Please consult one of our doctors or nurse practioners for up-to-date information.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) held a meeting on August 30, 2021 concerning COVID-19 vaccines.

ACIP has voted to recommend Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (Comirnaty®) for people 16 years of age and older under FDA’s full approval of the vaccine for this age group.

This new vote does not change ACIP’s recommendation to give an additional mRNA COVID-19 dose (a third dose) to moderately to severely immunocompromised people) at least 28 days after their second dose of mRNA vaccine.

Comirnaty

The U.S. is still in a public health emergency and COVID-19 vaccines are being purchased by the U.S. government. 

Therefore, even though Comirnaty® (Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine) now has full FDA approval for ages 16 years and above, at the present time, providers should continue to distribute the EUA patient information document in place of a VIS that is usually used for FDA-approved vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccines that are fully approved by the FDA will continue to be covered by the Countermeasure Injury Compensation Program.


CDC wants providers to be aware that they must use COVID-19 vaccines according to FDA and CDC guidance.


COVID-19 vaccines are still showing high effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2, even against the delta variant, especially in preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death.

On August 25, 2021, CDC updated its “Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized in the United States.” It has:

ACIP is discussing booster doses for people who are fully vaccinated, but further discussion and evaluation are needed. ACIP will wait until FDA licenses COVID-19 vaccines to be used as a booster dose before ACIP makes booster dose recommendations.

 

 

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