Guidance for Primary Care Providers: COVID-19 VACCINE (Pfizer-BioNTech)
It is Suffolk County’s goal to distribute COVID-19 vaccines equitably throughout our county. For us to achieve widespread COVID-19 vaccine uptake, it is critical not only to ensure widespread access to vaccines, but also to increase confidence in and demand for the vaccine among vaccine-hesitant persons. Survey data show that people are more likely to get the vaccine if it is recommended or offered by a medical professional they trust. Increasing the availability of COVID-19 vaccines to trusted community primary care providers (PCP) and medical offices is, therefore, a top priority for the County and the Department of Health Services (SCDHS). As such, the department has developed this guidance document for County providers to enroll into the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program and begin administering doses in their communities.
NOTE: The following guidance is for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine only, as the SCDHS Pharmacy is currently distributing that vaccine at this time. As other vaccines become available, this guidance will be updated accordingly. Please review the guidance within this document, using the below checklist to plan for vaccine distribution.
- Register for NYSIIS and the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Program
- Review vaccine transport, storage & preparation procedures and best practices
- Review clinical aspects of vaccine administration
- Request the vaccine
- Promote your vaccination site
Questions and inquiries regarding further guidance may be directed to the SCDHS Pharmacy, using the contact information provided in Section 2 of the PDF below.