Healthcare suppliers are ramping up plans to manage COVID-19 vaccine boosters and seasonal flu vaccines on the identical time. Fortunately, they already developed the infrastructure.
The preliminary COVID-19 vaccine rollout created an infrastructure for mass vaccinations. Latest federal steering eradicated the necessity for a 14-day ready interval between COVID vaccinations and different pictures.
Which means suppliers can administer COVID and flu pictures in the identical go to, which might assist keep away from a “twindemic.”
“We’re undoubtedly messaging and inspiring folks to do each,” mentioned Dr. Tamara Sheffield, medical director of neighborhood well being and prevention at Utah-based, Intermountain Healthcare.
A million folks aged 12 and older inside Intermountain’s service space are usually not totally vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, Sheffield mentioned.
Final week, the Biden administration introduced plans to supply COVID boosters starting Sept. 20. Federal regulators have already approved a 3rd vaccine shot to immunocompromised people.