Immunization Information for Healthcare Providers

The Rhode Island State-Supplied Vaccine program provides vaccine to healthcare providers to immunize people of all ages. A table with details about these vaccines, including their age indications, is available for healthcare providers.

Additionally, a series of immunization requirements are in place in Rhode Island to ensure that healthcare providers are properly immunized.

What you should do

Enroll in the State-Supplied Vaccine Program

Healthcare providers can enroll in the program to order vaccine for both pediatric and adult patients. Enrollment must be completed online annually and healthcare providers must agree to the terms and conditions of the program.

Know about requirements

Providers who participate in the State-Supplied Vaccine Program must agree to the program's terms and conditions and adhere to certain requirements for ordering, storing, and reporting on vaccines. (See Resource Manual below.)

Before administering any vaccine, healthcare providers must give the current Vaccine Information Statement to patients (or their parents or guardians). This must be documented in the patient's medical record.

Know about patient eligibility

Influenza vaccine

State-supplied influenza vaccine can be provided to all children (younger than 19 years of age). It can also be provided to all adult Rhode Island residents. For Medicare Fee-For-Service patients, healthcare providers can either:

  • Order influenza vaccine for their Medicare Fee-For-Service patients privately, or
  • Order and reimburse the Department of Health for the purchase of influenza vaccine for Medicare Fee-For-Service patients.

Medicare Fee-For-Service patients are patients with straight or original Medicare. This policy does not apply to individuals with a Medicare Advantage plan or supplemental plan (through HMO or PPO). (more)

See below for a Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine recommenation for patients who are 65 years of age and older.

Non-influenza vaccine

Non-influenza state-supplied vaccine can be provided to all children (younger than 19 years of age). Adult, insured Rhode Island residents and adults who are non-Rhode Island residents but who are covered by a Rhode Island employer’s health plan are also eligible for non-influenza state-supplied vaccine if they are:

  • 19 to 26 years of age, or
  • At high risk, regardless of age.

Adults who are not in one of these categories can be vaccinated as follows:

Patient type Where/how to vaccinate
Uninsured but able to pay Privately-purchased vaccine, St. Joseph Center for Health and Human Services, or at a pharmacy
Uninsured and unable to pay Patient Assistance Program sites and St. Joseph Center for Health and Human Services
Insured, but not through a Rhode Island employer Privately-purchased vaccine or at a pharmacy
Covered by Medicare Fee-For-Service SSV, but the practice must reimburse the state and coverage and reimbursement by CMS are limited (no Tdap for Medicare Part D)

Immunization Resource Manual

Enrollment, Ordering, & Returns

Recommendations

Schedules & Vaccine Tables

Storage and Handling

Vaccine Administration

Additional Resources