Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine now available to inpatients at select locations

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 18, providers with prescribing rights can order a first, second or third dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for inpatients 12 years and older at several locations in Northeast Ohio and Florida.

The Pfizer vaccine is administered as a two dose series, three weeks (21 days) apart. If individuals are immunocompromised and meet the clinical criteria, they may receive a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least one month (28 days) after the second dose.

The order must be initiated by a licensed independent provider as COVID-19vaccines are not included in inpatient nursing standing order protocols (i.e. influenza vaccine). This process ensures shared clinical decision making between the patient and the medical team. The COVID-19 vaccines have strict temperature controls for storage of non-punctured vials as well as drawn doses. Therefor vaccine administration will default to 2:00 p.m. daily, seven days a week.

Providers are strongly encouraged to discuss vaccination options with their patients prior to ordering to avoid patient refusal after syringe preparation. Click here to view clinical criteria for inpatient vaccination.

Ohio locations include:

  • Akron General
  • Avon Hospital
  • Euclid Hospital
  • Fairview Hospital
  • Hillcrest Hospital
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Main campus
  • Marymount Hospital
  • Medina Hospital
  • South Pointe Hospital

Florida locations include:

  • Weston Hospital

Process question and answer:

  • Who is able to order the Pfizer vaccine? Any provider with prescribing rights.
  • How long does it take from the order being placed to the patient receiving the vaccine? 24 hours or less.
  • What is the cut off time to order for same day vaccination? 1:00 p.m., daily.
  • What time are vaccinations given? 2:00 p.m., daily. 
  • What happens if an order is placed after 1:00 p.m.? The vaccine will be prepared and administered on the following day.
  • What if a patient wants the one-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine? At this time, we offer both J&J and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to inpatients. For clinical talking points, MyPractice update and more information on ordering J&J. Please note the changes in order and administration time.