IAFP  is collaborating with the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP), and Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) Chicago to implement a statewide program called I-VAC. The goal of I-VAC is to ensure Illinoisans are being immunized at every opportunity and providers are prepared to immunize additional age groups and special at-risk populations. Providers and provider organizations in Illinois are invited to participate in I-VAC which entails:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Bootcamps: Web-based and offered live once a week for four weeks. The first cohort will be held in November 2021 and new cohorts will be enrolled every other month. Topics will include:
    • Foundational knowledge and skills related to COVID-19 vaccine administration and distribution (I-CARE, working with local health departments, etc.)
    • Operational issues
    • Handling and preparation of COVID-19 vaccines, including pediatric doses
    • Post-vaccine process
    • Implementing COVID-19 vaccine mandates in your workplace
    • Strategies for overcoming vaccine hesitancy through culturally and linguistically appropriate methods
    • How to use data to support vaccine uptake
  • Learning Collaborative Sessions: Web-based, live drop-in weekly learning collaboratives will focus on practical issues of COVID-19 vaccine implementation, providing a forum for providers to engage with their peers around solving real-world barriers to COVID-19 vaccine implementation.
  • Technical assistance, outreach materials, a do-it-yourself toolkit for integrating COVID-19 vaccines into clinical workflows.

Seeking Regional Advisors

IAFP & ICAAP are seeking healthcare providers with experience implementing COVID-19 vaccines from each of the eleven COVID-19 regions in Illinois to support I-VAC. Advisors will be responsible for providing coaching on best practices and technical assistance around COVID-19 vaccine administration. 

Regional Advisor Info & Application.

COVID-19 Resource Page