MCAAP Immunization Initiative Update
July 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Myocarditis-Pericarditis After
COVID-19 Vaccination

As of July 6, 2021, the Vaccine Adverse Safety Reporting System (VAERS) has received 971 reports of myocarditis or pericarditis among people ages 30 and younger who received COVID-19 vaccine. Most cases have been reported after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), particularly in male adolescents and young adults.

Through follow-up, including medical record reviews, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have confirmed 594 reports of myocarditis or pericarditis. CDC and its partners are investigating these reports to assess whether there is a relationship to COVID-19 vaccination. Click here to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and myocarditis and pericarditis.

The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older given the risk of COVID-19 illness and related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death.

See the Resource Spotlight section of this newsletter for additional information.

Save the Date!
26th Annual MIAP Pediatric Immunization
Skills Building Conference
Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Massachusetts Immunization Action Partnership (MIAP) is excited to announce the 26th Annual Massachusetts Immunization Action Partnership (MIAP) Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference. The Conference will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021, as a virtual event.

The MIAP Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the Plenary Speakers for this year’s conference:
  • Paul Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center; Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Katherine Hsu, MD, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director, Division of STD Prevention & Ratelle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center of New England, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
  • Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH, Health Communications Specialist, AD Communications Team, Vaccine Task Force, CDC
  • Pejman Talebian, MA, MPH, Director, Immunization Division, MDPH
  • A. Patricia Wodi, MD, Medical Officer, CDC

In addition to the Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions are planned.

Updated information will be posted as it becomes available on the MCAAP website. Conference registration will open in August.

If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia McReynolds (
Call for Nominations
2021 MIAP Conference Award
Nomination Deadline: Friday, August 27, 2021

Each year, the Massachusetts Immunization Action Partnership (MIAP) recognizes Massachusetts individuals or groups that have made an outstanding contribution to pediatric immunization in Massachusetts. The recipient of this award is an individual or an organization that has demonstrated leadership, initiative, innovation, collaboration and/or advocacy.

The MIAP Conference Organizing Committee is seeking nominations for this year’s award. The deadline to submit an award nomination is Friday, August 27, 2021. Click here to download a nomination form.

The 2021 MIAP Conference Award will be presented virtually at the 26th Annual MIAP Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference, on October 28, 2021.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Cynthia McReynolds (
Encouraging Routine Childhood Immunizations

As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted routine well-child visits and immunizations for many children over the past year. CDC’s public sector vaccine ordering data show a 14% drop in 2020-2021 compared to 2019, and measles vaccine ordering is down by more than 20%. CDC outlined the steps that healthcare systems, health care providers, schools, state and local governments, and families can take to encourage catch up vaccination and protect children’s health in this recent letter.

On July 14, a CDC webinar, Current Issues in Immunization, will provide additional guidance for catching up on missed vaccinations. Information for joining the webinar is detailed in the Provider Education and Meetings section of this newsletter.

The CDC webpage, Resources for Encouraging Routine Childhood Vaccinations, has resources for providers to utilize to encourage catch-up on missed vaccinations. The resources include communications content (infographics, newsletter, social media) and website links. See the Resource Spotlight section of this newsletter for links to these resources.
Provider Education and Meetings

CDC Immunization Services Division
Current Issues in Immunization Webinar: Catching Up in the Time of COVID
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET
Melinda Wharton MD, MPH, and Andrew Kroger MD, MPH, will provide information and guidance on catching up on missed vaccinations during COVID. The webinar is free and there is no pre-registration; however, webinar line capacity is limited to the first 1500 callers, and participation will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Click here to join the webinar.
If you are unable to join live, you will be able to access the recorded webinar on this webpage

MDPH Immunization Division
On Demand COVID-19 Vaccine Training: Storage, Handling, Administration and Safety
The MDPH Immunization Division is pleased to present free, accredited COVID-19 Vaccine Training. The training modules include: COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Handling, Vaccine Administration, Vaccine Safety, and Vaccine-Specific Information. Continuing education credits can be earned for completing all training modules. Click here for more information.

2021 MDPH Immunization Updates Recorded Webinars
Please note: CME/CEU credit is not available for completing the Immunization Updates webinars online.
Resource Spotlight

COVID-19 Vaccine - Myocarditis-Pericarditis

CDC Vaccination Catch-Up

MDPH Updates and Bulletins
  • Weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Bulletin archive
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