VMS 208th Annual and Collaborative Meeting - Register Now!
We hope you will be able to join us on both Friday, November 5th and Saturday, November 6th for this year's 2021 VMS Annual & Collaborative meeting, a virtual event, held in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians, and the Vermont Psychiatric Association.
Although we will not be meeting in person, these virtual sessions will provide unique opportunities for you to align with VMS colleagues on how to tackle tough clinical issues in your practice.
All 2021 Annual Meeting activities will be held virtually. To view the full schedule of events, the speakers, and awardees, click here.
Register for the membership meeting here.
AAPVT Chapter - Now Accepting Grant Applications for Flu & COVID Vaccine Clinics
The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, in collaboration with the Department of Health’s Immunization Program, is providing funding to support expanded influenza and/or COVID vaccination by healthcare practitioners or organizations. In an effort to decrease the incidence of disease throughout the state of Vermont, healthcare practitioners are encouraged to offer expanded services to increase influenza and/or COVID vaccine coverage, including, but not limited to, longer or designated hours, off-site clinics, or additional staffing.
Scope of Grant - Providing Support for Influenza Vaccination Clinics
It is the intent of this grant to provide support for health care practices/organizations to:
- assess barriers to pediatric COVID-19 and/or seasonal influenza vaccinations in the communities served by the recipient and in collaboration with community organizations.
- implement COVID-19 and/or seasonal influenza vaccination clinics in communities to address identified barriers. Emphasis should be placed on offering vaccination clinics specifically to high-risk populations or those with limited access (e.g. assisting living communities, senior housing, schools, children under the age of 18 and their care givers).
- expand access to COVID-19 and/or seasonal influenza vaccination at primary care practices through patient outreach, vaccine promotion, and expansion of vaccination services.
- offer off-site, weekend, and after-hours COVID-19 and/or seasonal influenza vaccination clinics at selected locations to meet the need(s) of the community served (e.g. schools, shelters, meal sites, etc.)
Health Care Practices/Organizations may receive $1000 per clinic held (up to a maximum of $5000 total). Applications may include clinics held retrospectively starting September 1st. Applications will be reviewed on receipt and funds will be distributed upon receipt of final project report. Applications must be received by November 19th, 2021. Immunization clinics that are part of this grant must be held and reported on by March 31, 2022.
If would like to apply for the grant, please complete the below application (either in word or pdf form) and email back to email@example.com.
Word - Flu Clinic Grant Application 21-22.docx
PDF - Flu Clinic Grant Application 21-22.pdf
Vermont Sees Slight Downtick in COVID Cases; Updates School Guidance
The Scott Administration held its weekly press conference today and Commissioner of Department of Financial Regulation presented his modeling report showing that COVID 19 cases in Vermont have decreased 15% over 7 days and 7% over 14 days. Cases continue to be highest in the Northeast Kingdom, including Orleans and Essex Counties, and among younger age groups. Commissioner Pieciak cautioned that while decreasing cases is a good sign, Vermont has seen cases decline and then go back up in the past. Nationally and regionally, cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to decline. When pushed on a statewide indoor mask mandate, Governor Scott reiterated that he is not declaring a state of emergency and does not believe a mask mandate will change the course of the pandemic in Vermont.
Vermont Agency of Education (DOE) Secretary Dan French reported that universal masking guidance for schools will now remain in effect through January 18, 2022, to give time to get through the holiday season and for 5-11 year olds to be vaccinated. The Department of Education has also recently updated its close contact definition for contact tracing and only students who have been within 3 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period are now considered a close contact. DOE is also working to support schools in standing up “test to stay” programs and 19 supervisory unions have now been sent antigen kits. Winter school sports guidance will be issued later today and will include requirements for masking or weekly testing if the sport does not allow masking. For notes from the press conference, click here.
On October 21, 2021 and October 22, 2021 Commissioner of Health, Mark Levine shared updates on cases, hospitalizations, vaccines/boosters, and more. To view the notes in details, click here.
COVID Vaccine Booster & Pediatric Updates
Breaking News Today - FDA panel votes to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those 5-11 - read more here.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended the use of booster shots for recipients of Moderna and J&J’s COVID-19 vaccines (CDC Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC). This is in addition to the existing approval for Pfizer boosters. To read the full description from the Vermont Immunization Department, click here.
Update on pediatric Pfizer vaccine ordering: 15,900 does have been ordered for Vermont. The first doses will be distributed to mass vaccination locations such as EMS, school-based and hospital-based clinics, as soon as November 4th. The Vermont Immunization program has received confirmation in writing that Pedi Pfizer ordering and distribution by community practices for minimum order doses will begin the week of November 8th. That means Vermont providers will have to enter their orders into our ordering system (VIMS) by Wednesday, November 10th. Orders could land in Vermont as early as Friday, Nov 12, likely not later than the following Tuesday 11/16. Medicare and Medicaid are preparing to activate codes for administering pediatric Pfizer doses and they will be reimbursed at $40 per vaccine, as with adult COVID vaccines and booster. See the CMS chart here.
Physician Executive Leadership Institute - Now Accepting Applications!
The Vermont Medical Society Education & Research Foundation (VMSERF) is proud to announce its third statewide Physician Executive Leadership Institute Foundational Course to begin in winter 2022! This course is offered in partnership with the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership and Lumunos.
Physicians and PAs have been asked to step up and skillfully lead rapid change throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Every clinician brought their leadership, management styles, and skills to the forefront to ensure the best outcomes for Vermont patients. VMSERF is pleased to continue an experiential learning opportunity that will enhance and fine-tune the most important leadership skills and concepts for a statewide cohort of Vermont physicians and PAs.
To learn more details about the 2022 course, the curriculum, and how to apply, click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due November 19th.