Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Pharmacies serve as an important community-based access point for vaccinations and have the potential to better serve children by participating in the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. While all 50 states allow for pharmacists to vaccinate adults, not all states allow pharmacies to participate in the VFC program, limiting some patients’ ability to easily access the benefits of vaccination. Further, additional barriers such as differing state laws and regulations, retail pharmacy policies and pharmacists scope of practice can limit a state’s ability to deliver vaccinations to VFC-eligible children through pharmacies. To summarize common successes and challenges experienced across the US regarding pharmacists participation in and delivery of VFC vaccines, Immunize Colorado developed a fact sheet. The fact sheet provides an overview of the relationship between VFC and pharmacies in the U.S. and provides guidance on next steps to improve provision of VFC at pharmacy locations to increase access to vaccines for more families.