Guidance for Planning Vaccination Clinics Held at Satellite, Temporary, or Off-Site Locations
The purpose of this guidance is to assist with jurisdictional planning and implementation of satellite, temporary, or off-site vaccination clinics by public and private vaccination organizations. The guidance focuses on clinical considerations for planning a vaccination clinic, including vaccine storage, handling, administration, and documentation. Large-scale clinics, such as those held in arenas or stadiums, those held over multiple days or those conducted during emergency scenarios, will likely require added logistical and technical considerations. Consult your state or local public health preparedness office for additional support.
Use this guidance for clinics:
- Open to the general public or targeted populations only (i.e., critical workforce personnel and/or higher-risk priority groups).
- At any walk-through site (churches, community centers, outdoor tents) or other settings such as mobile, curbside, or drive-through sites.
- Offering COVID-19, influenza or other routinely recommended vaccines
Select infection and prevention control measures (e.g., use of source control, engineering controls, indoor air quality) are influenced by level of SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the community. Before planning and implementing a vaccination clinic, consult the following resources to determine what infection prevention and control recommendations should be considered:
- The Checklist of Best Practices for Vaccination Clinics Held at Satellite, Temporary, or Off-Site Locations, which outlines CDC guidelines and best practices essential for patient safety and vaccine effectiveness, including guidance for vaccine shipment, transport, storage, handling, preparation, administration, and documentation at temporary clinics.
- Satellite, Temporary, and Off-Site Vaccination Clinic Supply Checklist
- Hosting Off-Site COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics webinar