VFAAR vaccine is available to order.
In response to the unprecedented nature of this flu season, the Philadelphia Immunization Program is offering additional doses of flu to your site and our other FQHC partners. For this flu season only, both insured and uninsured adults would be eligible to receive these additional flu doses.
Contrary to our default policy of allowing only the truly uninsured to receive VFAAR flu doses, this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is making an exception to the screening requirement for flu only.
Why is VFAAR flu vaccine available to everyone?
The intent of removing the eligibility requirements for these federally funded doses is to ensure that everyone has access to flu vaccine. However, as providers, we ask you to follow the ordering algorithm below to ensure that throughout the flu season, you continue to have doses on hand for all your patients – especially the uninsured:
- Use your existing privately purchased vaccine to vaccinate insured individuals.
- Order a supply of VFAAR vaccines to vaccinate uninsured patients.
- Do not miss opportunities. Vaccinate your patients with the most appropriate supply you have in stock.
Which supply of vaccine should I use?
If private doses are not available (because you’re waiting for your shipment or your supply is depleted), do not miss an opportunity; remember everyone is eligible to receive a dose from the VFAAR supply. And the VFAAR vaccines you use on private patients do not have to be replaced.
- Do not charge anyone’s insurance for the cost of the VFAAR flu doses. This is considered fraud and could affect your ability to receive VFAAR doses going forward. You can charge patients’ insurance an administration fee for doses of VFAAR flu that are administered to insured patients.
- Use the flowchart below to assist you with identifying the correct supply:
Remember to order VFAAR doses as needed throughout the season. If you have any questions about your VFAAR supply contact Jillian Brown at Jillian.Brown@phila.gov for assistance.
Visit our Flu Hub for information on what vaccines are available and access flu resources.
To place your first order, visit the 2020-21 Ordering Page.