The Fund for Public Health in New York City, (FPHNYC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. To this end, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), FPHNYC incubates innovative public health initiatives implemented by DOHMH to advance community health throughout the city. It facilitates partnerships, often new and unconventional, between government and the private sector to develop, test, and launch new initiatives. These collaborations speed the execution of demonstration projects, effect expansion of successful pilot programs, and support rapid implementation to meet the public health needs of individuals, families, and communities across New York City.
DOHM COVID-19 Vaccination Plan- Round 3 Supplemental Gotham Center, LIC
The mission of the Bureau of Immunization (BOI) is to prevent the occurrence and transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, influenza, human papillomavirus, and invasive pneumococcal disease, through immunization. The BOI walk-in Immunization Clinic provides immunizations required for school attendance and vaccines for adults, including influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus, MMR, and pneumococcal vaccines.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BOI has implemented a citywide COVID-19 vaccination campaign to reduce the impact of the pandemic on the health care system and the NYC community. As SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and influenza are expected to co-circulate, support of this years citywide flu vaccination campaign is also part of a comprehensive public health strategy to reduce the overall burden of respiratory illnesses in NYC and to protect at-risk populations (many of which overlap for COVID-19 and influenza), the health care system, and other critical infrastructure.
The Junior Public Health Nurse for the Immunization Clinic will conduct activities critical to the success of the COVID-19 and flu vaccination campaigns. As a member of the BOI Immunization Clinic, the incumbent will screen patients and administer recommended immunizations at the Immunization Clinic. Flu vaccination will be offered to all eligible patients and will be administered accordingly. Strong recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine with referrals to vaccine appointments will be provided. As needed, the incumbent will participate in immunization outreach activities, including influenza and COVID-19 vaccination activities.
- Provide strong recommendations for vaccines, including influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.
- Utilizing the electronic medical record, screen clients for vaccine eligibility, including evaluating age, vaccination history and history of adverse reactions or allergies.
- Administer vaccine to eligible patients according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention child and adult immunization schedules.
- Manage adverse reactions to vaccines as necessary and, when indicated, act as an on-site coordinator for emergency management of adverse reactions (such as anaphylaxis)
- Provide aftercare instructions to patients receiving vaccines.
- Act as an on-site Standards of Practice Monitor under the supervision of the Director of Clinical Services.
- Assist the Director of Clinical Services in developing, implementing, directing, and evaluating quality improvement activities that support the Program's goals and objectives in the delivery of quality immunization services in the walk-in immunization clinic.
- Assist in the training of new staff and the annual recertification of current non-professional staff.
- Assist in the training and orientation of agency nurses hired for school rush and influenza season.
- When indicated, and in accordance with ACIP guidelines, serve as an on-site reference and guide for appropriate immunization practice.
- May assume Charge Nurse duties as assigned.
- Participate in immunization outreach activities as assigned.