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.
Children are required to have certain immunizations before they enter day care, pre-kindergarten, child care, kindergarten, 7th grade, and 12th grade. They can be exempted from immunizations for either religious or medical reasons. Religious exemption forms can be obtained from school nurses. A medical exemption form must be provided and signed by a doctor. (Medical exemption forms can be ordered online by healthcare providers.)
Healthcare providers can enroll in the program to order vaccine for both pediatric and adult patients. Enrollment must be completed online annually.
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.
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||Can utilize SSV for influenza only, but providers will have to reimburse the Department of Health for doses administered at the purchase price of the vaccine. For all other adult vaccines, provider can purchase private stock for their patients or refer Medicare FFS patient to pharmacy.|