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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: St. Johns Community Health Department
State: FL
Date Added: 12/21/2009
Themes: Vaccine Supply and Distribution
Issue Summary: National and Regional Pharmacy Chain Participation in H1N1 Vaccine Campaign in FL
Description of Issue(s): At the county level, I am approving H1N1 vaccine requests (as my local allocation allows) for pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS/Minute Clinic plus those at grocery chains like Winn Dixie and Publix. They all seem to have a single person at the parent-company level do their ordering for the ship-to-sites in each county (some use one store per county as the ship-to then re-distribute, others have multiple individual ship-to-sites).
Actions taken to address the issue(s): The pharmacies utilize our locally approved consent form, and return copies of those forms to us (weekly) so that we can track the numbers of individuals vaccinated in our jurisdiction that fall into the various target groups. The individual pharmacies each enter the patient and vaccine information into the state?s FL Shots vaccination tracking system. (
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: We do not have a similar arrangement with Target or Wal-Mart because both entities wanted us to have our allocated vaccine shipped to their distribution centers in other states.

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