Immunization & Health Care Professionals

Immunization & Health Care Professionals

Immunization Program staff work with primary care providers to ensure they have the resources needed to vaccinate their patients across the lifespan. We provide:

  • All CDC routinely recommended vaccines for any child and most adults at no cost through enrollment in the Vermont Vaccine Program (VVP).  The VVP consists of the Vermont Child Vaccine Program (VCVP) and the Vermont Adult Vaccine Program (VAVP).
    • VCVP: Covers those eligible for the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, as well as the privately insured population under age 19.
    • VAVP: Covers all adults ages 19-64.  Flu, COVID-19, and outbreak prevention vaccines are available to all adults regardless of age. 
  • Access to the Vaccine Inventory Management System (VIMS), available through the Vermont Immunization Registry (IMR), which includes oversight and review for all vaccine orders.
  • Training, resources, and support for vaccine ordering, management, temperature monitoring, and use of the IMR. 
  • Immunization Quality Improvement for Providers (IQIP), emphasizing process steps for on-time vaccination.

Find information on the COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Go to the Immunization Registry

Find your Local Health Office Immunization Contact

2021/2022 Flu Resources

Flu Clinics

Offsite flu clinics are encouraged to increase access in your community. See the Storage and Handling page, Section II - Offsite Clinics - Guidance and Resources for more information.  

Important resources for clinics: 

Flu vaccine availability and ordering

The flu vaccine is available to order by all VCVP and participating VAVP enrolled providers starting September 7.  See the Vaccine Ordering page, Flu Only Ordering for more information.

Coadministration with COVID-19 vaccine

You may administer COVID-19 and influenza vaccines (both live, attenuated, and non-live influenza vaccines) without regard to timing (on the same day or within any time interval). There are no safety concerns for coadministration. When deciding whether to coadminister another vaccine(s) with COVID-19 vaccine, consider:

  • Whether the patient is behind or at risk of becoming behind on recommended vaccines
  • The patient’s risk of vaccine-preventable disease
  • The reactogenicity profile of the vaccines
  • The likelihood of avoiding a missed opportunity to vaccinate

Refer to the CDC’s COVID-19 Interim Clinical Considerations for more information.

2021-2022 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations and Guidance on Coadministration with COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC Webinar from September 9, 2021)  

Additional funding availability

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, in collaboration with the Department of Health’s Immunization Program, is providing funding to support expanded influenza and/or COVID vaccination by healthcare practitioners or organizations. 

  • Health Care Practices/Organizations may receive $1000 per clinic held (up to a maximum of $5000 total).
  • Applications may include clinics held retrospectively starting September 1, 2021. 
  • Applications will be reviewed on receipt and funds will be distributed upon receipt of the final project report. 
  • Applications must be received by November 19, 2021. 
  • Immunization clinics that are part of this grant must be held and reported on by March 31, 2022.

  
Visit www.aapvt.org for more information. Send completed the 2021-2022 Flu Grant Applications (Word / PDF) and questions to Stephanie Winters at swinters@vtmd.org

 

 

vermont vACCINE pROGRAM uPDATE

The Immunization Program at the Vermont Department of Health introduces the Vermont Vaccine Program Update. This new monthly communication is intended to bring you important information in a concise format. This will replace the previous Vermont Immunization Bulletin and COVID-19 Vaccine Program Update.
 
All contacts of the Vermont Vaccine Program will receive this update automatically and cannot unsubscribe from the mailing.  If you are not a contact of the Vermont Vaccine Program and wish to receive the program updates by e-mail, you may subscribe.
Vermont Immunization Bulletin
Title Date Type
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 5.2019
In This Issue: Measles Resources - New Data Logger Installation - June ACIP Meeting Agenda - Vermont’s 2019 Childhood Immunization Champion - Primary Care Practices Recognized for High Immunization Rates - 2018-19 School and Childcare Immunization Coverage Data
05/22/2019 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 6.2019
New Data Logger Installation Under Way – Vaccine Brand Choice Survey – Good-Bye Nazly – Measles: Health Department Web Page for Providers - June ACIP Meeting Agenda – 2019 Pink Book Webinar Series – Off to College Immunized – Hepatitis A Outbreak Prevention in the Region, Vermont, and Your Office
06/13/2019 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 7.2019
Reminder to Return Expired Flu Vaccine - Vaccine Brand Choice Survey - Supply Update: Shingrix - Nominations Open for 2019 HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention Champion - ACIP June 2019 Meeting Recap -Webinar: NFID ACIP Summary - What the Measles Epidemic Really Says about America - Updated Meningococcal Q&A - Video: The Life Saving Hepatitis B Birth Dose
07/23/2019 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 8.2019
2019-2020 State Supplied Influenza Vaccine Bulletin - Influenza Vaccines for Adults - School Clinics – Administration - Reminder: Audit Your Nodes! - Become a Sentinel Provider - Flu Activity Weekly Reports - Updated VIS List - HPV vaccine for use in adults 27-45 - Ask the Experts - Why get a Flu Shot? - Successful Strategies for Running a Flu Clinic - FAQ: Egg Allergy - Vaccinating Pregnant Women - Influenza in Older Adults
08/29/2019 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 10.2019
Introducing Abby Parker - VFC and VFA Compliance Visits-Immunization Quality Improvement replaces AFIX - Flu Vaccine Ordering Changes-Vaccine Brand Choice Implementation-Teen Immunization Coverage Rates-Vermont's Sentinel Providers-Ask the Experts: When should we start administering flu vaccine?-Upcoming ACIP Meeting-The 16-year old Vaccination Platform - Repurposing Foam Coolers
10/16/2019 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 11.2019
IMR and VIMS Password Requests - VFC Provider Profile Survey - January 1: Discontinue use of paper temperature logs - Flu Prevention in the North Country - Hepatitis A Response and Prevention - ACIP Vote: Td and Tdap - Ask the Experts: Is it okay to draw up vaccines at the beginning of the shift? - Updated Vaccine Information Statements - Disability Training Survey 2019
11/21/2019 PDF Download
VERMONT IMMUNIZATION BULLETIN 12.2019
Staffing Changes at the Immunization Program - Save the date for the 2020 Vermont Immunization and Infectious Disease Conference! - Changes in VFC billing practices - District Office Immunization Policy Reminder - Five things to know about rotavirus vaccines - Flu vaccine is important for Vermonters with asthma - Ask the Experts: If an unvaccinated patient who has just recovered from a laboratoryconfirmed case of influenza comes to our clinic, should we vaccinate him?
12/31/2019 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 1.2020
Program Name Change - Provider Appreciation - Adult Flu Vaccine in the 2020-2021 Season - Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Outbreaks in Vermont - Flu Activity in Vermont - Article: Here’s who’s really most likely to resist vaccines
03/10/2020 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 2.2020
Staffing Changes at the Immunization Program - 2020 Vermont Immunization and Infectious Disease Conference - Interim Estimates of 2019-20 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness - HPV Vaccine Safety and HPV Vaccine Coverage in Vermont - Urgent Care and Home Health Agencies Eligible for State-supplied Vaccines - Patients worried about coronavirus? Talk to them about flu
03/10/2020 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 6.2020
Decrease in Vaccines Administered due to COVID-19 - CANCELLED: The September 28th Immunization & Infectious Disease Conference - Vaccine Inventory Adjustments - Immunization Registry Tutorial - School Immunization Rates - We want to hear from YOU - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
07/20/2020 PDF Download
VERMONT IMMUNIZATION BULLETIN 7.2020
This is the year to promote/offer flu vaccine in your community - Consider offering an off-site flu vaccine clinic for all ages - State-supplied adult flu vaccine may be administered to all adults 19 years and older - Flu vaccine ordering - Summary of the 2019-20 Flu Season - Vaccine Choice - Key Findings from the Vermont Department of Health Immunization Provider Survey conducted June 9-17, 2020 - Congratulations to the Vermont primary care practices with high immunization coverage in 2019! - “Masks on Vermont” Campaign - Vermont Immunization Rates Show Uptick in June - Hep A Update -
07/23/2020 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 10.2020
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) Communication New this Year from the Immunization Program Supply, Ordering, and Distribution LAIV for the 2020-2021 Season Reminder, new as of last year: Injectable dose volume for children age 6 through 35 months.
10/05/2020 PDF Download
Notices and Memos for Healthcare Providers
Title Date Type
District Health Office - Vaccination Policy Change
Vaccination Policy Change
04/01/2019 PDF Download
Data Logger Memo
Memorandum that was sent to VFC/VFA enrolled practices on 05/23/2019.
05/23/2019 PDF Download
Immunization Program Name Change
Immunization Program Name Change Notice
01/09/2020 PDF Download
UPDATED -Vermont Adult Vaccine Program Influenza 2020-21 season FAQ
UPDATED-Vermont Adult Vaccine Program Influenza FAQ for 2020-2021 season.
07/13/2020 PDF Download
VCVP.VAVP Guidance on Practice Closure
VCVP.VAVP Guidance on Practice Closure
03/20/2020 PDF Download
OFF-SITE AND SCHOOL LOCATED VACCINE CLINICS NOTICE
07/09/2020 PDF Download
Home Health Agencies and Urgent Care Facilities Notice
09/14/2020 PDF Download

In This Section

Vermont is a universal state, where the state Immunization Program purchases vaccines from the CDC federal contract at no cost to providers, for use in all children and adults.

This page serves as a resource for provider offices enrolled in Vermont Child Vaccine Program (VCVP) and Vermont Adult Vaccine Program (VAVP).

Failure to store and handle vaccines properly can reduce vaccine potency, resulting in inadequate immune responses in patients and poor protection against disease.

IQI - Immunization Quality Improvement for providers

The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program works to identify the hepatitis B status of pregnant women to prevent transmission of hepatitis B infection to infants.

Vermont is a universal vaccine state, providing vaccines to enrolled providers at no cost for use with all patients, regardless of insurance status.

The following resources provide comprehensive information on immunizations: