COVID-19 Hospital (Inpatient) Vaccination Orders
Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Covenant Health support COVID-19 immunization of eligible acute care patients who wish to be immunized while in hospital as part of Alberta's COVID-19 immunization program. All acute care in-patients should be considered for immunization during their hospital stay (first or booster doses).
A most responsible healthcare provider (attending prescriber) confirms that proposed patient(s) are medically stable and fit for immunization.
Patients or their alternate decision-makers are informed of COVID-19 immunization risks and benefits and indicate a (verbal) wish to receive inpatient vaccination. Current vaccine information can be provided to the patient and/or designated decision-maker to facilitate decision-making. Written consent is not required.
Inpatient COVID-19 vaccines are administered by Acute Care Immunization teams or AHS Public Health teams, depending upon Zone and site.
Available vaccines may vary.
COVID-19 vaccines may be co-administered with, or at any time before or after other vaccines (including live, inactivated, adjuvanted or unadjuvanted vaccines). There is not a requirement to space between vaccines. This includes influenza vaccinations, which can be co-administered.
COVID-19 vaccine scheduling information, including details about age restrictions and recommended intervals after prior doses or confirmed COVID-19 illness, is updated by Alberta Health online.
Inpatient COVID-19 vaccination orders are facilitated through an order set that helps associate the right vaccine with the right patient.
Prescribers should validate eligibility for inpatient vaccination, as above, and then search for the "COVID-19 Vaccine" order set.
Once a sufficient number of immunization orders accrue, arrangements are made for a group of patients to be vaccinated. If a patient's condition has changed, the immunization may be deferred with a reason documented in the medication administration record (MAR).
An appropriate entry in the patient's Connect Care immunization record is automatically created. Key information is automatically forwarded to provincial immunization information systems. An immunization record is also produced for the patient and/or alternate decision-maker.
Adverse Effect Surveillance
Patients are provided with information about possible side effects of vaccination, also included in a discharge "After Visit Summary".
The attending prescriber is responsible for reporting any serious adverse effects, allergies or intolerances.
COVID-19 Vaccination SmartLink
Increasing numbers of patients receive initial or second COVID-19 vaccinations during an inpatient or outpatient encounter where Connect Care is the record of care. Clinicians may want to rapidly document this information in consult, discharge, transfer or other notes. A dedicated SmartLink makes this easier:
".IMMCOVIDP" pulls in recent COVID-19 vaccination information in a prose-friendly format