Training and Education

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Importance of trained healthcare professionals

A large number of healthcare professionals are needed to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts nationwide. These healthcare professionals are essential to ensuring the American population is vaccinated safely as soon as possible. They play critical roles in proper vaccine storage, handling, preparation, and administration, and they must be prepared to respond to vaccine recipients’ questions and concerns. It is important these healthcare professionals receive the training needed to effectively meet the demands of their roles. Training must be ongoing as new COVID-19 vaccines become available and as vaccine recommendations evolve when we learn more about the vaccines and how to improve the vaccination process.

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Training Required by Professional Qualification

Find the training and core competencies you will need by clicking on your professional qualification below:

Healthcare professionals who have administered vaccine in the last 12 months

Healthcare professionals or retired (past 5 years) physicians, nurses, or practical nurses who are licensed/previously licensed to administer COVID-19 vaccine but have not done so in the last 12 months

Vaccination support workers (not licensed to administer vaccine) qualified to prepare, store, handle, or transport vaccine

Administration support staff qualified to store, handle, or transport vaccine

Healthcare professionals who have administered vaccine in the last 12 months

Healthcare professionals who have administered vaccine in the last 12 months
COVID-19 Vaccine Training Routine Vaccine Administration Routine Vaccine Storage and Handling
CDC Training Module(s) for the vaccine product(s) in your facility If needed: You Call the Shots: Vaccine Administration

Or other vaccine administration training offered by a worksite, state or local health department, medical professional organization, or medical/nursing school within the last 12 months.

If needed: You Call the Shots: Vaccine Storage and Handling

Or other vaccine storage and handling training offered by a worksite, state or local health department, medical professional organization, or medical/nursing school within the last 12 months.

Core Competencies:

Healthcare professionals or retired (past 5 years) physicians, nurses, or practical nurses who are licensed/previously licensed to administer COVID-19 vaccine but have not done so in the last 12 months

Healthcare professionals who have administered vaccine in the last 12 months
COVID-19 Vaccine Training Routine Vaccine Administration Routine Vaccine Storage and Handling
CDC Training Module(s) for the vaccine product(s) in your facility If needed: You Call the Shots: Vaccine Administration

Or other vaccine administration training offered by a worksite, state or local health department, medical professional organization, or medical/nursing school within the last 12 months.

If needed: You Call the Shots: Vaccine Storage and Handling

Or other vaccine storage and handling training offered by a worksite, state or local health department, medical professional organization, or medical/nursing school within the last 12 months.

Core Competencies:

Vaccination support workers (not licensed to administer vaccine) qualified to prepare, store, handle, or transport vaccine

Healthcare professionals who have administered vaccine in the last 12 months
COVID-19 Vaccine Training Routine Vaccine Administration Routine Vaccine Storage and Handling
CDC Training Module(s) for the vaccine product(s) in your facility If needed: You Call the Shots: Vaccine Administration

Or other vaccine administration training offered by a worksite, state or local health department, medical professional organization, or medical/nursing school within the last 12 months.

Recommended if storing and handling vaccine: You Call the Shots: Vaccine Storage and Handling

Or other vaccine storage and handling training offered by a worksite, state or local health department, medical professional organization, or medical/nursing school within the last 12 months.

Core Competencies:

Administration support staff qualified to store, handle, or transport vaccine

Healthcare professionals who have administered vaccine in the last 12 months
COVID-19 Vaccine Training Routine Vaccine Administration Routine Vaccine Storage and Handling
CDC Training Module(s) for the vaccine product(s) in your facility n/a Recommended if storing and handling vaccine: You Call the Shots: Vaccine Storage and Handling

Or other vaccine storage and handling training offered by a worksite, state or local health department, medical professional organization, or medical/nursing school within the last 12 months.

Core Competencies Based on Role:
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Need More Trainings and Resources?

Find general COVID-19 vaccination trainings, webinars, and information on educating vaccine recipients on the COVID-19 Training and Education Resource Page.

Get clinical information on general vaccine storing, handling, preparing and administering vaccines, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, COVID-19-vaccine safety and vaccination provider requirements on the COVID-19 Vaccination page.

Find clinical information and a suite of materials for each specific COVID-19 vaccine covering administration, storage, handling, preparation and reporting.

Download the Patient Safety Checklist for Vaccination Clinics Held at Satellite, Temporary, or Off-Site Locations pdf icon[4 pages] pdf. This assessment tool can be used to help clinic coordinators/supervisors prepare for COVID-19 vaccination clinics held at satellite, temporary, or off-site locations.

Download Empowering Healthcare Personnel resource and browse a vast array of materials to help support COVID-19 vaccination efforts in your community on the National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Resources page.

Page last reviewed: March 4, 2021