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OPA COVID-19 Vaccines: October 18, 2021 Update


NewPediatric Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Ordering through VOMS: Deadline Oct 20
Vaccinators who plan to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 -11 can order the vaccine through the Ohio Vaccine Ordering Management System (VOMS) no later than noon on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Pharmacies may receive the pediatric COVID-19 vials before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the vaccine for this age group under and emergency use authorization. Vaccinators are directed to hold the vaccines onsite under appropriate temperature conditions until the FDA provides directive authorizing administration. Please note the following important specifications for pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines:

Storage Conditions


Maximum Storage Time After Arrival at Provider Site

Ultracold (ULT) freezer

-90⁰C to -60⁰C

Up to 6 months


2°C to 8°C

Up to 10 weeks


NewODH Pediatric COVID-19 Ordering Webinar Training on 10/19
ODH will present a webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. via Microsoft Teams at to review the ordering process and share key updates about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for youth ages 5-11. Topics covered will include pre-ordering, preparation, and administration guidance.

Microsoft Teams meeting 

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 614-721-2972,,909595612# 

Phone Conference ID: 909 595 612#

NewImportant temporary shipping halt for adult/adolescent Pfizer vaccine
During the first week of roll-out and shipment of the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine product for children ages 5-11, there will be a brief period of time during which shipments of adult/adolescent doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine sent directly from the manufacturer will be halted (shipments greater than 1,170 doses). Please note: VOMS will continue to be available for providers to place orders for all COVID-19 vaccines during this time. The ODH Receipt Store and Stage (RSS) Warehouse will continue to redistribute the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty adolescent/adult vaccine throughout this interval. Providers are encouraged to plan ahead and place orders prior to Oct. 26 for Pfizer-BioNTech adult/adolescent vaccine that may be needed in early November.

Ohio VAX-2-School
Vaccinating eligible children is crucial to protecting children from the severity of COVID-19 infections and increasing the likelihood of continued in-person teaching in Ohio’s schools. Governor DeWine announced the Ohio Vax-2-School program for Ohioans ages 12 to 25. All vaccinated individuals in this age bracket are eligible for 50 scholarships worth $10,000 each and five $100,000 scholarships to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education.  Registration is open for all eligible Ohioans at Prizes will be announced after an anticipated request from Pfizer to approve their COVID-19 vaccine through an emergency use authorization for children ages 5 to 11. More details will be announced in the coming days.

Reminder: Medicaid Vaccine Incentives Deadline Extended
Ohio’s managed care plans announced that the incentives for administering the COVID-19 vaccine have been extended to December 31, 2021. The incentives include gift cards for patients ages 12 and above on Medicaid who received their first dose. 

  1. Pharmacies can receive Visa gift cards directly to give to patients. If you are an independent pharmacy vaccinator, please email for your gift card needs. Thank you to those who have already responded with the projected numbers of gift cards needed.
    1. Once you get to 75% of your gift card allocation, please reach out to Attn: Meera Patel-Zook – Gift Card Request at  so that they can ship out an additional allotment to your store.

If you have received gift cards, please track them using COVID-19 Vaccine Gift Card Tracker Example. Vaccinators can now add all the information for all MCOs in ONE tracker and send that tracker to RxCOVIDTracking@CENTENE.COM

ODH Motivations and Barriers Survey
ODH has developed a patient survey to understand real-time patient motivations and barriers related to the COVID vaccines. This survey is voluntary. ODH will not collect personal identifying information. Vaccinators are requested to provide this four-question survey to vaccine recipients before vaccination or during the 15-minute wait period after vaccination. Ideas for methods to offer the survey include:

Here is the link to the survey: Participation in this survey is voluntary.

Helpful State Vaccine Resources and Information
The following resources are helpful for vaccinators to contact ODH regarding vaccine shipments:

    OPA is working diligently to facilitate communication between state decision-makers and member pharmacists. OPA has created multiple COVID-19 resources, including a COVID-19 Vaccine Information Webpage, COVID-19 Testing Hub, and COVID-19 Resources Webpage, on the OPA website under the Resources drop-down box. Please contact Myriam Shaw Ojeda Director of Pharmacy Extension and Public Health Initiatives, for further questions at

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