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.
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.
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.
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:
Medicare Fee-For-Service patients are patients with straight Medicare or Medicare Part B. This policy does not apply to individuals with a Medicare Advantage plan (such as 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 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:
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)|