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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: Peninsula Health Department
State: VA
Date Added: 12/21/2009
Themes: Vaccine Supply and Distribution
Issue Summary: National and Regional Pharmacy Chain Participation in H1N1 Vaccine Campaign in VA
Description of Issue(s): Virginia has these agreements in place at the state level. Walgreens and Target pharmacies appear to be the major national chains involved, but many pharmacies associated with grocery stores (Krogers, Ukrops, Safeway, etc) also are participating. A large number of independent or regional pharmacy chains also are receiving vaccine.
Actions taken to address the issue(s): The first shipments of LAIV went to pharmacies last week. Richmond expects to allocate injectable vaccine to pharmacies this week.
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: Too early to tell how smoothly things are running since they just got LAIV...and that is new to many and raises questions. We will see better when the the pharmacies receive significant quantities of injectable vaccine. One weakness with vaccine administration by community partners (physicians, hospitals, and we shall see about pharmacies) is apparent difficulty getting data on administered doses into the state-level vaccine registry and/or having demographic/geographic data to let us know how well the need is being met in our local health districts. Overall, interest in the vaccine has died down dramatically since Thanksgiving.

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