Updated CDC Information: Sharps Disposal During Shortages and Mass Vaccination Campaigns

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

Two (2) new fact sheets on sharps disposal containers address supply shortages and reducing needlestick injuries for vaccinators and others assisting at COVID-19 vaccination sites.   CDC provided these fact sheets on March 30, 2021.

Below are the printable PDFs/infographs of both fact sheets found beneath each hyperlink in the above paragraph:

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The Strategies for Sharps Disposal Container Use During Supply Shortages is targeted to Managers and Purchase Agents. 

A shortage in the supply of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared sharps disposal containers may occur during the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign or as a result of other causes. Healthcare facilities and COVID-19 vaccination sites must use sharps disposal containers that meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bloodborne Pathogens standard requirements to dispose of contaminated needles and other sharps. Use FDA-cleared containers whenever possible.

Conserve your FDA-cleared sharps disposal containers to help avoid a potential supply shortage. If FDA-cleared sharps disposal containers are unavailable, then consider using alternative containers that meet the OSHA requirements after checking your state’s specific disposal requirements at  SafeNeedleDisposal.org and discussing disposal options with your medical waste vendors.

Find out how you can protect yourself from needlestick injuries while administering COVID-19 vaccines or while helping at vaccination sites by reviewing the Safe and Proper Sharps Disposal During the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Campaign website.