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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: Lapeer County Health Department
State: MI
Date Added: 12/21/2009
Themes: Vaccine Supply and Distribution
Issue Summary: National and Regional Pharmacy Chains Participate in H1N1 Vaccine Campaign in MI
Description of Issue(s): Michigan has two processes in place for vaccine distribution. H1N1 vaccine in Michigan has been allocated to LHDs based on population. LHDs have made decisions about how to best distribute vaccine within our counties. Initially when vaccine was in very short supply, we allocated our vaccine locally to physicians (pediatricians and OBs as priorities) and ran some clinics through the LHD.
Actions taken to address the issue(s): The week prior to Thanksgiving it became evident that vaccine supplies were opening up and it made sense to get vaccine out to a pharmacy (Meijer) who could vaccinate over the holiday week when other providers would not be available. We spoke personally with the pharmacist who would be administering the vaccine to gain assurance that the vaccine would only be used for priority populations. At that time, we requested shipment of small supplies (200 doses) to one of our local pharmacies. Since the lifting of the priority restrictions, we have allocated additional doses to our pharmacies (Meijer and Kroger). Rite Aid has not completed the required contract for vaccine administration.
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: In addition, the Michigan Department of Community Health also established contracts with large pharmacy chains statewide, and began to ship vaccine to them within the past week or so. I believe this has all worked quite well here.

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