STATE OF LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHAND HOSPITALS
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco GOVERNOR
Fred Cerise, M.D., M.P.H. SECRETARY
April 25, 2007
Dear Vaccines for Children provider,
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of some significant changes expected within the Vaccines For Children Program (VFC)during the next year or so. The federal government has decided that it will begin implementing a new national system of vaccine procurement and distribution for the VFCProgram. The new system, has been under
discussion and development since 2003, and is described as The Vaccine Management Business Improvement Project
(VMBIP). VMBIPis to be gradually implemented, state-by-state, over the next 12 to 18 months. The new system describes a centralized vaccine distribution network of from one to three national distribution centers which will
distribute all VFCvaccines to both public and private vaccine providers. A federal contract for the management of vaccine stocks and the distribution of vaccines has been awarded to McKesson Specialty Distribution LLC.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NORD, formerly the National Immunization Program, [NIP]) has been designated as the lead agency for implementing the new system. Since the beginning of this year, the NORD has begun implementation with certain states after a period of pilot demonstration projects. In February of 2008, the Louisiana VFCProgram, within the Office of Public Health, Immunization Program is scheduled to begin actual implementation of the new vaccine distribution system. However, it is entirely possible that the kick off date may begin in late 2007.
The major reasons stated for changes in the way VFCvaccines are distributed is two fold:
Anestimated cost savingto federal-state programs; and
Increased abilityto manage nationalvaccine suppliesand shortages.
Currently, vaccine is shipped on an as needed basis to VFCproviders. The new distribution system will be time based. Simply stated: large providers will receive vaccine shipments monthly; mid-sized providers will receive vaccine bi-
monthly; and small providers will receive shipments quarterly. As a result of this new shipment method, you may see an increase in the amount of vaccine your clinic receives at each shipment, based on your previous vaccine usage.
ahead you will receive information via mail, and when appropriate, oIJ site consul~J!9n ~ith our VFC Program stalf. We hope to make thIs transition as trarlsparent as posSIble for all VFCproviders. Periodically, we will provide updated information in preparation for the transition of your clinic to the new system.
Vaccine Procurement and Distribution
OF PUBUC HEALTH.
L & A ROAD.
PHONE (504) 838-5300