COVID-19 immunization update
As an initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Oregon providers stopped offering or deferred routine care visits such as for recommended immunizations. During the pandemic, OHA’s Oregon Immunization Program (OIP) has been and continues to track changes in routine immunizations rates through an
analysis of immunizations
(June 10, 2020) reported to ALERT IIS. This analysis shows that immunizations rates fell off dramatically at the onset of the pandemic, although more moderately for infant immunizations. Please read the analysis to learn what rates are recovering and where more focused efforts may be needed.
CCOs should also read the
CCO Immunization Points memo that outlines the important CCO role in communicating with vaccinating health care providers about the immediate action needed and the resources available to help get their patient population caught up with the recommended vaccines as soon as possible.
One of the 2021 CCO incentive metrics is immunizations for adolescents, which includes HPV, Tdap and meningococcal vaccines by age 13.
Webinar: Help adolescents get back on track with immunizations. You are the key to HPV cancer prevention
Oregon has seen reduced adolescent immunization rates across the state during COVID-19, while in-person adolescent well visits were put on hold. As those visits begin to resume, this recorded webinar (hosted by the Oregon Pacific Areas Health Education Center) will help all immunization providers make an effective recommendation for HPV vaccination and answer parent's questions. The recording, along with other upcoming or recorded OPAHEC webinars, is available on the OPAHEC website or the OPAHEC YouTube channel.
Webinar: Introduction to the adolescent immunization metric
In this webinar, OHA staff share:
- Background on why the Metrics and Scoring Committee included adolescent immunizations in the 2020 measure set;
- An overview of the measure specifications and information on CCOs’ current performance;
- How to partner with Oregon’s Immunization Quality Improvement for Providers program (IQIP; formerly AFIX), a collaborative approach to improving clinic-level immunization programs; and
An overview of vaccine resources available and additional technical assistance planned so far.
2020 Oregon HPV Virtual Summit, hosted by the American Cancer Society and the Oregon Immunization Program, has recorded sessions (https://oregonhpvsummit2020.weebly.com/virtual-summit-recordings.html) and slides (https://oregonhpvsummit2020.weebly.com/presentation-slides.html) available online. This includes presentations for immunization providers to effectively communicate with parents and increase vaccine uptake.
Resources for providers working with vaccine-hesitant parents
CDC: Provider resources to help health care professionals start or continue vaccine conversations with parents
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center: Complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.
Boost Oregon: A parent-led community that educates Oregonians about the safety and benefits of childhood vaccinations.
Quality improvement technical assistance
Training and quality improvement support for childhood and adolescent immunizations may be available through the Oregon Immunization Program's Immunization Quality Improvement for Providers (IQIP) program.
Anona Gund: Anona.E.Gund@state.or.us or 971-673-2832.
CCO incentive measure technical specifications and guidance documents are available from the Office of Health Analytics.
The Transformation Center has previously provided technical assistance in this area and applicable resources are available in the resource table below.