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COVID-19 Vaccination Dispensing Guidance For Primary Care Providers


COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for Primary Care Providers

A guide to request, store, and administer COVID-19 vaccines

It is Suffolk County’s goal to distribute COVID-19 vaccines equitably throughout our county. For us to achieve widespread COVID-19 vaccine uptake, it is critical not only to ensure widespread access to vaccines, but also to increase confidence in and demand for the vaccine among vaccine-hesitant persons. Survey data show that people are more likely to get the vaccine if it is recommended or offered by a medical professional they trust. Increasing the availability of COVID-19 vaccines to trusted community primary care providers (PCP) and medical offices is, therefore, a top priority for the County and the Department of Health Services (SCDHS). As such, the department has developed this guidance document for County providers to enroll into the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine Program and begin administering doses in their communities.

The guidance, available for download by clicking the PDF link below, is for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine only, as the SCDHS Pharmacy is currently distributing that vaccine at this time. As other vaccines become available, this guidance will be updated accordingly.

Please review the guidance document below, using the following checklist to plan for vaccine distribution.


  • Register for NYSIIS and the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Program
  • Review vaccine transport, storage & preparation procedures and best practices
  • Review clinical aspects of vaccine administration
  • Request the vaccine
  • Promote your vaccination site

[PDF - COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for Primary Care Providers]


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