Best Practices for COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinics
Mass vaccination clinics are a particularly important strategy for quickly achieving widespread immunity to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Primary care clinicians have played a crucial role in organizing and running vaccination clinics. During the COVID-19 pandemic, guidance for operating mass vaccination clinics has proliferated, creating a need for synthesized guidelines to inform evidence-based planning.
The authors systematically reviewed peer-reviewed literature, government reports, and guidelines from before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations synthesized from 46 included publications cover issues including leadership, clinic layout and location, training, addressing vaccine hesitancy, and communication.
The findings provide guidance on how to effectively support mass vaccination to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and future pandemics. The authors also emphasize the importance of ongoing data collection and the involvement of primary care practitioners in ensuring that populations who have been made vulnerable by social and economic policies are being reached.