School-located vaccination clinics (SLVs) have played an integral role in adolescent vaccination for decades, and now during the COVID-19 pandemic. SLVs can support a safe return to school and provide critical opportunities for flu and catch-up vaccination as children return to in-person learning. Additionally, SLVs are an important strategy for promoting vaccine access and assuring equity.
In the SLV Toolkit, find resources for schools and immunization partners that can support and simplify SLV operations during a pandemic.
Learn more about AIM’s SLV efforts, in partnership with the National Association of School Nurses. Email Outreach and Education Manager Mackenzie Melton with questions or suggestions for toolkit resources.
AIM and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) have released a pair of reports detailing the role school-located vaccination clinics (SLVs) have played during the COVID-19 pandemic and opportunities for strengthening their use as adolescent COVID-19 and flu vaccination ramp up.
Decades of research have shown SLVs’ potential to increase vaccination coverage, but these reports are the first to provide insight into the SLV landscape during the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pair of reports outline findings of a Mathematica-conducted roundtable and environmental scan.
These reports offer schools and immunization partners interested in SLV tips for getting started and simplifying SLV operations during a pandemic. Key takeaways from the report demonstrate that SLVs can support a safe return to school and critical opportunities for flu and catch-up vaccination as children return to in-person learning.
Additionally, the report asserts SLV as an important strategy for promoting vaccine access and assuring equity. Learn more in our press release, or watch the School-Located Vaccination Symposium recording here.
Opportunities to Improve School and Community Health Through School-Located Vaccinations
AIM and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) hosted this webinar on October 26, 2021, to promote school-located vaccination (SLV) as a measure to improve and maintain a safe and healthy environment for students and the community. With many students behind on routine vaccinations and the COVID-19 vaccines approved for children 5 years and older, SLV is a means to maintain a safe school environment. The webinar provides a brief overview of the AIM/NASN Environmental Scan and Roundtable documents with a state immunization director, school nurse leader, and school leader providing insight on their role as SLV champions and the importance of their role to the success of SLV’s.
Linda Mendonca, MSN, MEd, RN, APHN-BC, NCSN, FNASN
Kathy Marceau, BA
Eva Stone, DNP, ARNP
Joseph Ellison III, EdD
Watching this webinar on AIM’s website does NOT provide CNE. If you would like to receive 1.0 CNE contact hour for attending this webinar, please watch the webinar through the NASN Learning Center.
School-Located Vaccination Strategies Welcome
The “School-Located Vaccination (SLV) Strategies to Increase Child and Adolescent Immunization Rates During the COVID-19 Pandemic” virtual symposium brings together stakeholders for an insightful discussion regarding best practices and innovative models for School-Located Vaccinations, as well as addresses the current challenges of SLVs. It is evident that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children across the country are falling behind on routine vaccinations. Additionally, children are being disproportionately impacted by the recent COVID-19 surge. Through partnership and coordination of SLV stakeholders, SLVs are a critical tool towards expanding vaccine access and building vaccine confidence. Click the “Welcome” video link to hear enriching discussions from Mark McClellan, MD, PhD (Director, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy), Claire Hannan, MPH (Executive Director, Association of Immunization Managers), and Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH (Chief of Global Public Health Strategy, The Rockefeller Foundation).
A Call to Action on Childhood Immunizations
In this segment of virtual symposium, Rachel L. Levine, MD (Assistant Secretary for Health, DHHS) provides opening remarks and a call to action to increase routine vaccination in children (and adults), which has slowed significantly during the pandemic. Thus, it is imperative that the “catch up” message is widely disseminated to increase vaccine uptake and reduce the spread of misinformation and disease. Additionally, listen to remarks and gain beneficial resources from other federal partners, including Mary Wall (White House COVID-19 Response Team) and Tara Vogt, PhD, MPH (Immunization Services Division, NCIRD, CDC).
Rising to the Challenge: Innovative Strategies for Mobilizing K-12 Schools as COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
Tune in to the “Rising to the Challenge” segment of the virtual symposium to hear from SLV stakeholders and representatives from school districts across the country, as they share innovative strategies and their experiences with implementing successful and sustainable school-located vaccination clinics. Panelists in this session include Tiffany Tate (Executive Director, Maryland Partnership for Prevention), Sara Rigel (Health Services Administrator for School-Based Partnerships and Child Care Health, Public Health – Seattle and King County), Kaetlin Miller (Program Manager COVID-19 Vaccine Program, Public Health – Seattle and King County), and Gabriella Durán Blakey (Chief Operations Officer, Albuquerque Public Schools).
Playing Catch-Up: Partnerships to Improve Routine and Seasonal Childhood Immunizations
In the “Playing Catch-Up” segment of the virtual symposium, panelists discuss current gaps and challenges in routine childhood vaccinations and methods to improve immunization rates for school-age children and adolescents. Panelists in this session include Ronald Balajadia (Immunization Branch Chief, Hawai’i Department of Health), Eva Stone (Manager District Health Services, Jefferson County, Kentucky), and Judith Shlay (Associate Director, Public Health Institute at Denver Health).
If You Build It, Will they Come? Strategies for Communicating With Parents and Building Vaccine Confidence
In the “If You Build It, Will They Come?” segment of the virtual symposium, listen to discussions regarding strategies for building vaccine confidence in communities through effective communication with parents and students. When it comes to SLVs, building the clinic is only half the battle, as communication to parents is crucial in successful program implementation. Despite the continuous dissemination and availability of vaccine information online, it remains vitally important to keep up the positive messaging and to reduce misinformation in all mediums, but specifically in social media. Panelists in this session include Judy Klein (President and Founder, Unity Consortium), Kathleen Ryan (Associate Division Chief for Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of Florida Health), and Timothy Benally (Founder, Indigenous Peoples Student Association, Penn State University).
This tip sheet provides information that was drawn from the September 2021 Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Association of Immunization Managers partner virtual symposium on communication-specific strategies for a school located COVID-19 vaccination in schools highlighting the crucial elements of trust and partnerships, emphasizing positive messaging, leading with empathy, promoting youth as champions and more!
Infographic: COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Under 12 – How Schools Can Prepare To Be Vaccination Sites
This infographic highlights specific strategies gleaned from the September 2021 Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Association of Immunization Managers partner virtual symposium for schools to prepare to be COVID-19 vaccination sites for children under 12 including outreach, consent, combining with existing school-based vaccination efforts, leading with equity, and more!
Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Association of Immunization Managers hosted a virtual symposium in September 2021 that brought together public health officials, leaders in K-12 education, health care providers, and other stakeholders from across the immunization community to share best practices for improving childhood and adolescent immunization rates in school settings. Speakers shared innovative models and lessons learned for school-located COVID-19 vaccination sites, communications strategies for engaging families, and building vaccine confidence and opportunities to strengthen partnerships between public health, education, and health care providers to improve child and adolescent vaccination rates.
These FAQs provide information that was learned from the Symposium for school leaders in considering SLVs in their school setting and answer basic questions: Why SLV? What is SLV? What does an SLV Clinic look like? What makes SLV successful?
For decades, school-located vaccination clinics (SLVs) have successfully offered influenza and routine childhood immunizations and have contributed to lowering the morbidity and mortality of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). These SLVs laid the foundation for state and local health departments and school districts to quickly implement SLVs in response to COVID-19.
AIM and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) undertook a project to explore the landscape of SLVs held in the U.S. between August 2019 and late summer 2021. Findings featured in the environmental scan and virtual roundtables reports offer insights on various SLV models and how to strengthen and sustain SLVs to promote public health and reduce VPD transmission.
The lessons learned from these reports have been developed into a tip sheet for immunization programs interested in planning and implementing SLVs.
School nurses are a valued and trusted leader in the provision of school health services and a champion for vaccination. School-located vaccination (SLV) is a strategy to increase immunization rates for staff and students, reduce vaccine preventable disease and absenteeism, increase public perception of the importance of vaccinations, and increase equitable access to vaccines. Establishing SLV is complex. It requires detailed planning to ensure success and typically involves a joint effort between the school/school district and a community health provider partner.
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) directed an environmental scan and roundtable discussions to identify key considerations for the school nurse when planning SLV.