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Vaccine News Alert

July/August 2022

New Storage Guidelines

National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrated that the freezer section of combination units is not capable of reliably maintaining appropriate frozen vaccine storage temperatures. Guidance provided since 2014 has included use a standalone unit to store frozen vaccines, even when a combination unit is only storing frozen vaccine. CDC now discourages the use of the freezer compartment of a household combination unit. CDC will change compliance requirements in 2022-2023 disallowing the use of the freezer compartment of household combination units.

Reporting to the Virginia Immunization Registry

Effective January 1, 2022, all medical facilities that vaccinate patients are required to report all
administered doses to the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS). Pursuant to Chapter 211 of
the 2021 Special Session I, as of January 1, 2022, any health care provider, as defined in §32.1-127.1:03, in the Commonwealth that administers immunizations shall report such patient immunization information to the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS) pursuant to §32.1-46.01. For more information please refer to the following link:

Subscribe-Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)

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Stability Letter Tip

After a temperature excursion, some providers call the vaccine manufacturers. Remember to mention you need a copy of the stability letter for each vaccine when calling. The manufacturer may not provide the letter unless you request it. When using the on-line tools you can print the documentation.

Summer is Vacation Time!

Due to individual schedules, please do not submit VFC/VFA vaccine orders or VFC/VFA Provider Agreements directly to your VA Vaccine Quality Assurance (VVQA) consultant. He or she might be out on leave. Instead, email or fax the Order Center at 804-864-8090. These channels are always monitored.

Who Can Serve Underinsured Children

An underinsured child is a child who has health insurance, but the coverage does not include vaccines; a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (VFC-­eligible for non-covered vaccines only); a child whose insurance has a fixed dollar limit or cap for vaccines (VFC-eligible once fixed dollar amount or cap is reached). Underinsured children are eligible to receive VFC vaccine only through a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), or Rural Health Clinic (RHC). Note: Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC vaccines, even when a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan’s deductible had not been met. In Virginia there are about 100 FQHCs/RHCs which are able to serve underinsured children using VFC vaccine. Local Health Departments are able to serve underinsured children using state funded (not VFC) vaccine. Underinsured children are not VFC eligible in a private provider location (Pins that have a “P” prefix).

FDA Approves Priorix - Measles, Mumps, & Rubella

The FDA has approved Priorix (measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, live) for the prevention of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) in individuals 12 months of age and older. Priorix can be administered as a first dose, followed by a second dose of the vaccine, or as a second dose to those previously administered the first dose of another MMR-containing vaccine.

Gold Star Awards


May 1 to June 30, 2022

Outstanding VVFC Compliance
Childrens Clinic, Newport News
General Academic Pediatrics, Norfolk
Piedmont Pediatrics, Warrenton
Sentara Pediatric Phys – Glen Mitchell, Virginia Beach
Town Pediatrics, Leesburg
Virginia Hospital Center Pediatrics, Arlington

Adult Vaccine Update

A Call to Action to Protect All Adults from Vaccine-Preventable Disease and Disability
Vaccinations are critical components of routine healthcare for adults, yet at least 3 out of every 4 adults are missing one or more routinely recommended vaccines. Given the enormous health benefits of adult vaccinations and low rates of adult vaccination, the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) members call on providers across the healthcare spectrum to take actions to improve routine vaccination of adults. Read more about the Call to Action for Adult Immunizations and consider adding your organization to those taking action to improve adult vaccination rates.
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