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March/April 2023

2023 Immunization Schedules

The 2023 Recommended Immunization Schedules are now available

Routine Immunizations on Schedule for Everyone (RISE)

This CDC initiative provides strategies, resources, and data to help get Americans back on-schedule with routine vaccines, after the concerning drop in routine immunizations for adults and children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Routine vaccination is rebounding but unevenly and has not yet recovered among all groups.

CDC Guidance for In Person Visits

Beginning July 1, 2023, awardees are required to conduct all VFC site visits (i.e., compliance, enrollment, and unannounced storage and handling) in person unless local pandemic conditions indicate medium or high rates of county level COVID-19 transmission.

ACIP Video Describes How United States Vaccine Recommendations are Developed

To develop an understanding of the process for developing vaccine recommendations, The Public Health Foundation and CDC released an educational video, Understanding the ACIP and How Vaccine Recommendations are Made in the US. This short video equips healthcare professionals to incorporate ACIP recommendations as standards of care. Watch the video to learn more about the ACIP and vaccine recommendations:

Updated Tele-IQIP Guidance
(January 2023)

CDC introduced guidance for tele-IQIP in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, which gave awardees the temporary option to conduct virtual IQIP site visits to promote provider-level immunization quality improvement while maintaining social distance. The updated guidance makes tele-IQIP a permanent option. Moving forward, awardees may conduct IQIP site visits in person or remotely via tele-IQIP.

Gold Star Awards


January and February 2023

Outstanding VVFC Compliance
Chesapeake Pediatrics Great Bridge
Chesapeake Pediatrics Oakbrooke
Hillendale Medical Care, Woodbridge
Infant, Child & Adolescent Clinic, Alexandria
UVA Pediatrics Harrisonburg

Adult Vaccine Update

Medicare Part D eliminates recipients’ out-of-pocket costs for all ACIP-recommended vaccines starting January 1, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) eliminated out-of-pocket costs as of January 1, 2023, for Medicare Part D beneficiaries who receive vaccines recommended for adults by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). For the first time, people with Medicare’s prescription drug coverage will pay no deductible and will not be responsible for any cost-sharing for ACIP-recommended vaccines, including shingles vaccine, Tdap, and travel vaccines.
Medicare Part D plans cover all vaccines that are commercially available, reasonable and necessary to prevent illness, and not covered by Medicare Part B. Medicare Part B vaccines (including influenza and pneumococcal vaccines) have been given to adult beneficiaries without cost-sharing for many years.
This Medicare Part D benefit removes financial barriers to vaccination for millions of people age 65 years and older. Encourage those with Medicare Part D to get the vaccines they need.
ACIP Adult Schedule
This schedule for adult vaccination provides recommendations by age group as well as by medical condition, essential footnotes, and a summary of contraindications and precautions for adult vaccine use.
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