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Additional VFAAR Flu Vaccine Presentations Available to Order

Additional VFAAR Flu Vaccine Presentations Available to Order

These vaccines are now available to order for your adult patients:
  • Flucelvax prefilled syringes
  • Fluzone multidose vials
FluLaval pre-filled syringes are currently not available to order.Please visit our flu ordering page for more information on the available vaccines.To learn who is eligible to receive VFAAR flu this year, review our advisory from October 26.
Order flu vaccine today!

Have questions?

Contact Christine Wilson at 215.685.6728 or christine.wilson@phila.gov or Charma Miller at 215.685.6667 or charma.miller@phila.gov for assistance.Thank you for keeping Philadelphia healthy by fighting flu! For more information about influenza in Philadelphia, visit our flu page.

COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Handling

COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Handling

It’s important that vaccine is stored in the appropriate unit to protect its viability and ensure that your patients get the protection that they need. Use the table to make sure that the COVID vaccine at your site is stored at the right temperature for the right amount.

  1. Vaccine stored at this temperature range must be labelled with a Beyond Use Date (BUD) label indicating the date it must be removed from this unit and moved to the fridge.
  2. Vaccine stored at this temperature range must be labelled with a Beyond Use Date (BUD) label indicating the date it must be removed from this unit and discarded.

CDC Beyond Use Labels (BUD)

Use BUD labels to keep track of when vaccine must be discarded (or in the case of Pfizer 12+ stored in the freezer, moved to the fridge).  The CDC has created BUD labels that can be accessed here:
Have vaccine stored in an inappropriate unit?  
  • Mark the vaccine DO NOT USE
  • Email TempCheck@phila.gov for instructions on assessing the viability of the vaccine
Have other questions about storing your COVID vaccine? Email TempCheck@phila.gov.

Vaccine Shipment Delays During the Holiday Season

Vaccine Shipment Delays During the Holiday Season

Submit orders by Tuesday, December 7.

During the holiday season – from mid-December to early January – the distribution center that ships vaccine provided through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Vaccines for Adults At Risk (VFAAR) programs will have reduced shipping capacity. Orders submitted during this time will take longer than usual to ship.

To make sure that you have the vaccines you need during this time, submit orders by 3:00 PM on Tuesday, December 7. These will be processed and shipped out as usual. Be sure to check the status of your order within 2 business days of submitting.

Continue to check for tracking information daily as FedEx and UPS shipping delays continue. Use this job aid to assist you with reviewing this information.

Orders submitted after Tuesday, December 7 may not be delivered until the week of January 3, at the earliestThe distribution center will return to normal operations on January 3.

For assistance with completing your reconciliation or submitting your order, email:

Provider Education Coordinator
DPHProviderhelp@phila.gov

Vaccine Order Specialist
Christine Wilson
Christine.Wilson@phila.gov

Vaccine Order Specialist
Charma Miller
Charma.Miller@phila.gov