New process for inpatient COVID-19 vaccine 2nd dose in Ohio

Beginning March 16, patients admitted to main campus, Fairview, Hillcrest and Medina are eligible to receive the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Due to the storage requirements and limited supply of vaccines, this inpatient service is restricted to locations with outpatient COVID-19 vaccination clinics on site.

This process allows inpatients the ability to complete their COVID-19 vaccine series in a timely manner, if they are anticipated to be admitted when they are past due for their second dose. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) currently recommends receiving the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine no later than 42 days from the first dose when possible. 

Patients must meet all of the following:

  • Is an inpatient at Cleveland Clinic main campus, Fairview, Hillcrest or Medina hospital in Ohio 
  • Location has appropriate product on hand to match the manufacturer of the patient’s first dose
  • Patient’s anticipated admittance will surpass 42 days from first vaccine dose

How patients are screened

The initial screening of patient eligibility will be completed by on-site pharmacists. If the patient meets all of the above criteria and has no contraindications to receive a vaccine, the on-site pharmacist will discuss the opportunity to vaccinate with the care team.

Please note: At this time, providers cannot put orders in Epic for COVID-19 vaccines. 

We can only provide a COVID-19 vaccine second dose if we have the appropriate product (Pfizer or Moderna) available at the inpatient facility.

Access nursing job aids for Ohio and Florida for additional process information.