|Name of Health Department/Agency:
||NC Department of Public Health
||Vaccine Supply and Distribution
||National and Regional Pharmacy Chain Participation in H1N1 Vaccine Campaign in NC
|Description of Issue(s):
||North Carolina Department of Public Health (NCDPH) has been working with the large retail chains and mass immunizers in NCDPH since the beginning of H1N1.
|Actions taken to address the issue(s):
||They currently have Provider Agreements with CVS, Rite Aid, Kmart, Walgreens, Kerr, Target, Bi-Lo, Maxim, Mollens, NC Mutual Drug (covering most of the independent pharmacies in NC), and Kroger. They began their partnership by allotting 5% of their weekly H1N1 vaccine allocation to these pharmacies. As supply increased, they increased the allocation to 10% and are now allowing the pharmacies to order weekly based on what they are projected to use.
|Outcomes that resulted from actions taken:
||Overall, this partnership has worked well. Currently they have seen a decrease in demand in the requests from pharmacies for the vaccine. Some have requested to stop receiving vaccine while others are requesting far less than what is available to them.