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COVID-19 Vaccinations & Quality Improvement Activity (QIA)


Keeping Patients Protected

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted Americans across the country and further threatened the health of patients living with chronic conditions. ESRD patients carry a greater risk of mortality and morbidity if contracted with COVID-19. Thankfully, three vaccine variations are readily available to the public to decrease the spread and severity of the virus. Vaccine hesitancy can be linked to lack of education and the spread of false information. To overcome this barrier, we must work diligently to encourage, educate, and inform our ESRD patients about the benefits of vaccination. In addition to COVID-19, patients remain at risk for contracting flu and pneumonia. The Network will provide continuous support to patients, providers, and facilities so that together, we can keep patients with complex, chronic conditions protected and informed.

Updated goals coming soon
  • Achieve a 5% decrease in the number of ESRD patients hospitalized with COVID- 19

  • Ensure at least 80% of dialysis patients receive a COVID-19 vaccination

  • Ensure at least 85% of dialysis patients receive an influenza vaccination

  • Ensure at least 90% of dialysis facility staff receive an influenza vaccination

  • Report staff influenza vaccinations in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

  • Achieve a 10% increase in the number of patients receiving a pneumococcal conjugate vaccination (PCV) 13

  • Ensure 87% of dialysis patients receive a pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) 23

  • Achieve a 10% increase in the number of patients receiving a booster PPSV 23

  • Ensure 80% of dialysis patients over 65 years old receive a PPSV 23

  • Provide counts of nursing home patients and number of nursing homes monthly

Linked Resources

General Resources for Vaccination & Infection Prevention

COVID-19 Resources & Vaccination Information

Influenza Resources & Vaccination Information

People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are also at high risk of developing serious flu complications, which can result in hospitalization and even death. This is because CKD weakens immune response, which can make the immune system less able to fight infections. People with CKD at any stage, people who have had a kidney transplant, and people who are undergoing dialysis treatment are all at increased risk of severe illness from flu.

CDC Resources

NKF Resources

Johns Hopkins Resources

Pneumococcal Resources & Vaccination Information

CDC recommends PCV13 for all children younger than 2 years old and people 2 years or older with certain medical conditions. Adults 65 years or older also can discuss and decide, with their clinician, to get PCV13. CDC recommends PPSV23 for all adults 65 years or older, people 2 through 64 years old with certain medical conditions, and adults 19 through 64 years old who smoke cigarettes.

CDC Resources

NKF Resources


Network 5 Contact

Amanda Morelli, MSN, RN
Phone: (804) 320-0004 x2709

PDFs of Available Resources