SNMMI COVID-19 Task Force Vaccination Recommendation

June 22, 2021

Over the past 18 months, the SNMMI COVID-19 Task Force has met bi-weekly to monitor, support, educate, and provide guidance to the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging community. As a professional society representing more than 16,000 nuclear medicine professionals, it is SNMMI’s responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our patients and our members by distributing recommendations to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in clinical practice.

The task force has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 vaccination program and its ability to protect us against the serious effects of the COVID-19 virus and lower the risks of transmitting COVID-19 to family, friends, coworkers, and patients. We understand that there are some individuals who are not able to receive the vaccine for medical reasons. Additionally, children under the age of 12 are currently not eligible to receive the vaccine.

To ensure the health and safety of these individuals, our patients, and our professional workforce, at this time and as recommended by public health officials, the SNMMI COVID-19 Task Force strongly urges all eligible SNMMI members and healthcare professionals to be vaccinated as soon as possible.

For those who may have reservations or concerns regarding the efficacy and/or safety of the vaccine, we encourage you to review several articles published by the SNMMI Technologist Section—“Facing the Issues: COVID Vaccination” and “What was Your Experience with the COVID Vaccination?”—which provide an overview of the available vaccines as well as first-hand accounts of vaccination experiences from other SNMMI members around the world. In addition, several other important references are included below.

References
  1. CDC: Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccines Work. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness.html May 20, 2021. Accessed June 15, 2021.
  2. CDC: COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Research. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/effectiveness-research/protocols.html February 18, 2021. Accessed June 15, 2021.
  3. Pilishvili T, Fleming-Dutra KE, Farrar JL, et al. Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Among Health Care Personnel — 33 U.S. Sites, January–March 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:753–758. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7020e2.htm
  4. Thompson MG, Burgess JL, Naleway AL, et al. Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccines in Preventing SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Health Care Personnel, First Responders, and Other Essential and Frontline Workers — Eight U.S. Locations, December 2020–March 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:495–500. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7013e3.htm
  5. Britton A, Jacobs Slifka KM, Edens C, et al. Effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Among Residents of Two Skilled Nursing Facilities Experiencing COVID-19 Outbreaks — Connecticut, December 2020–February 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2021;70:396–401. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7011e3.htm

Nuclear Medicine–Specific Information

NOTE: See next tab for recent articles on nuclear medicine and COVID-19.


COVID Forum

Nuclear Medicine Used for COVID
  • Radioimmunotherapy may help treat COVID-19 (June 16) 
    Monopar Therapeutics and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes have announced a collaboration to develop potential radioimmunotherapeutics to treat severe COVID-19.

Nuclear Medicine Webinars
SNMMI COVID-19 Industry Partners Satellite Symposium Webinars
Nuclear Medicine Guidelines
COVID-Related Advocacy
Radioisotope Supply
Ventilation/Perfusion (V/Q) Studies

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM) 

Neuropsychological Profiles and Cerebral Glucose Metabolism in Neurocognitive Long COVID-syndrome (Ahead of print)
Andrea Dressing, Tobias Bormann, Ganna Blazhenets, Nils Schroeter, Lea I Walter, Johannes Thurow, Dietrich August, Hanna Hilger, Katarina Stete, Kathrin Gerstacker, Susan Arndt, Alexander Rau, Horst Urbach, Siegbert Rieg, Dirk Wagner, Cornelius Weiller, Philipp T Meyer and Jonas A Hosp

Oncology-inspired treatment options for COVID-19  (Ahead of print)
NagaVaraKishore Pillarsetty, Lukas Carter, Jason S. Lewis, and Thomas Reiner

Low Dose Radiation to COVID-19 Patients to Ease the Disease Course and Reduce the Need of Intensive Care  (Ahead of print)Poul Flemming Høilund-Carlsen, Poul-Erik Braad, Oke Gerke, Kasper Karmark Iversen, and Werner Vach

Guidance and best practices for reestablishment of non-emergent care in nuclear cardiology laboratories during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: An information statement from ASNC, IAEA, and SNMMI (October 2020)
Hicham Skali, Venkatesh L. Murthy, Diana Paez, Elisa M. Choi, Felix Y.J. Keng, McGhie A. Iain, Mouaz Al-Mallah, Roxana Campisi, Timothy M. Bateman, Ignasi Carrio, Rob Beanlands, Dennis A. Calnon, Vasken Dilsizian, Maurizio Dondi, Alessia Gimelli, Robert Pagnanelli, Donna M. Polk, Prem Soman, Andrew J. Einstein, Sharmila Dorbala, and Randall C. Thompson

Global Impact of COVID-19 on Nuclear Medicine Departments: An International Survey in April 2020  (September 2020)
Lutz S. Freudenberg, Diana Paez, Francesco Giammarile, Juliano Julio Cerci, Moshe Modiselle, Thomas N.B. Pascual, Noura El-Haj, Pilar Orellana, Ignasi Carrio, Stefano Fanti, Cristina Sebastiao Matushita, Yaroslav Pynda, and Ken Herrmann

The Impact of COVID‐19 on the Health‐Care Workforce: From Heroes to Zeroes? (August 2020)
Johannes Czernin

Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Are There Any Concerns?  (August 2020Lisa Bodei, Emily K. Bergsland, Wouter K. de Herder, Diego Ferone, Rodney J. Hicks, Thomas A. Hope, Jolanta A. Kunikowska, Marianne Pavel, Diane L Reidy-Lagunes, Jens Siveke, Jonathan R. Strosberg, Ulf Dittmer and Ken Herrmann

Overcoming the COVID-19 Crisis and Planning for the Future (August 2020)
Steven H LoGiudice, Allison Liebhaber, and Heiko Schöder

COVID-19 and Pulmonary Embolism: Diagnostic Imaging Trends (August 2020) 
Sedighe Karimzadeh, Akshay Raut, and Huy Nguyen Tien

Guidance and Best Practices for Nuclear Cardiology Laboratories During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: An Information Statement from ASNC and SNMMI (June 2020)
Hicham Skali, Venkatesh L. Murthy, Mouaz H. Al-Mallah, Tim M. Bateman, Rob Beanlands, Nathan Better, Dennis A. Calnon, Vasken Dilsizian, Alessia Gimelli, Robert Pagnanelli, Donna M. Polk, Prem Soman, Randall C. Thompson, Andrew J. Einstein, and Sharmila Dorbala

Yttrium-90 Radioembolization: Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Outbreak, Opportunity for Prime Time (June 2020)
Lawrence Han Hwee Quek, Anbalagan Kannivelu, and Uei Pua

The role of Nuclear Medicine for COVID-19 – Time to Act Now (June 2020)
Freimut D Juengling, Antonio Maldonado, Frank Wuest, and Thomas Hellmut Schindler

Dr. Li Wenliang and the Time of COVID-19 (May 2020)
Johannes Czernin

Nuclear Medicine Operations in the Times of COVID-19: Strategies, Precautions and Experiences (May 2020)
Johannes Czernin, Stefano Fanti, Philipp T. Meyer, Martin Allen-Auerbach, Marcus Hacker, Mike Sathekge, Rodney Hicks, Andrew M. Scott, Jun HatazawaMijin Yun, Heiko Schöder, Peter Bartensteinand Ken Herrmann

Incidental Findings Suggestive of COVID-19 in Asymptomatic Patients Undergoing Nuclear Medicine Procedures in a High Prevalence Region (May 2020)
Domenico Albano, Francesco Bertagna, Mattia Bertolia, Giovanni Bosio, Silvia Lucchini, Federica Motta, Maria Beatrice Panarotto, Alessia Peli, Luca Camoni, Frank M. Bengel, and Raffaele Giubbini

Diagnostic Evaluation of Pulmonary Embolism During the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 2020)
Lionel S. Zuckier, Renée M. Moadel, Linda B. Haramati, and Leonard Freeman 


Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (JNMT)
 

Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice in the United States During the COVID-19 Era and Beyond (September 2020)
Gail A. McFarland and Sara G. Johnson

Post–COVID-19 New Normal for Molecular Imaging Departments: A United Kingdom Perspective (September 2020)
Jessica Williams, Emma Meadows, and Manrita Singh

Post–COVID-19 New Normal for Nuclear Medicine Practice: An Australasian Perspective (September 2020) 
Geoff Currie

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: What Nuclear Medicine Departments Should Know (June 2020) 
Gopinath Gnanasegaran, Hian Liang Huang, Jessica Williams, and Jamshed Bomanji

From One Technologist to Another – COVID-19 Questions Answered (June 2020) 
Dmitry D. Beyder, Mark H. Crosthwaite, James Crowley, Lyndsi M. Hay, Kimberly Kerrylin Jackson, Nancy McDonald, Lynne T. Roy, Tricia Peters, and Nikki Wenzel-Lamb

Divide and Conquer: Strategies to Manage a Nuclear Medicine Department during COVID‐19 (June 2020)
Wei Y Tham, Aaron KT Tong, Kelvin SH Loke, Liyi Chio, Gabriel KY Lim, Xin Y Seah, David CE Ng, Sean XX Yan, Winnie WC Lam

Uptake

Lung Scintigraphy in the Era of COVID-19 and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (May 8)
J. Anthony Parker, MD, PhD, and Kevin J. Donohoe, MD

Other Nuclear Medicine Journals

Added value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in a SARS-CoV-2-infected complex case with persistent fever (May 16, ahead of print)
Christel H. Kamani, Mario Jreige, Martin Pappon, Arnaud Fischbacher, Olivier Borens, Pierre Monney, Marie Nicod Lalonde, Niklaus Schaefer, and John O. Prior 

Key elements of preparedness for pandemic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nuclear medicine units (April 21 ahead of print)
Majid Assadi, Ali Gholamrezanezhad, Narges Jokar, Mohsen Keshavarz, Maria Picchio, Ettore Seregni, Emilio Bombardieri, and Arturo Chiti

Training and Certification

American Association of Physicists in Medicine

  • All AAPM in-person meetings, plans for AAPM funded travel and meetings of other groups at HQ are to be canceled through April 30, 2020. Find more information here.
  • Update for graduate program directors regarding recent developments in graduate medical physics education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (March 18)

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

  • ABMS reaffirms support for physicians to focus their priorities on patients, families, and the communities they serve. (March 26)

American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM)

American Board of Radiology 

American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine

  • The ABSNM currently plans to give the General and Specialty Examinations as scheduled on June 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. See more updates here.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

  • ARRT COVID-19 Update: ARRT is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and how it could affect students and RTs. RTs who have questions related to their postprimary eligibility pathway requirements, renewals, CQR, or other issues should log on to their online accounts first to see if they’ve received an update specific to their concerns.  

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

JRCNMT

  • The JRCNMT is closely monitoring the latest information regarding the COVID-19 virus and considering its potential impact on programs and site visits. Find information here.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)


Resources for Residents

Resources for Students

Government Resources

World Health Organization (WHO)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Department of Defense

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

National Academy of Medicine (NAM)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Other Resources

American College of Physicians

American College of Radiology

American Medical Association

Association of American Medical Colleges

COVID-19 Data Websites

DOTmed

ECRI

Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center

European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

MIM Software

  • During the pandemic, MIM Software is making free licenses available to its users so they can work from home. Request a license.

North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS)

Radiation Research Society

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)


Sterilizing Masks for Reuse

These articles may be helpful if you need to stretch your supply of respirators. See also ECRI video above and CDC article under Government Resources tab. Please note: Several of these articles are preprints and have not yet been peer reviewed. Accordingly, they are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to guide clinical practice.



SNMMI National Office Status

All in-person events sponsored by the society, including the SNMMI Board of Directors meeting, are now held virtually. With our extensive experience in hosting webinars and online meetings, we are confident that these virtual functions will prove both effective and engaging, furthering our goal of improving human health through nuclear medicine, molecular imaging and radionuclide therapy.

We have taken appropriate precautions to keep our leadership and staff safe. We have cancelled all non-essential travel and limited in-person meetings. Staff are working remotely, and the society remains 100% operational and ready to serve you. This means you can still access any and all online services and call or email with membership and customer service related inquiries.



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