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Florida SHOTS Notice to Providers

A recent determination by the Florida Department of Health regarding patient non-participation (“opt-out”) in Florida SHOTS indicates that it may be necessary to delete the patients records of those opted-out from the immunization registry. Be aware that immunization records for some of your patients who opted-out may no longer be available to you through Florida SHOTS. However, immunization information in your electronic medical record will not be affected.

We are attempting to contact adult patients and parents of children and adolescent patients who may have elected to opt-out of Florida SHOTS, to give them the opportunity to rescind that election and participate fully in Florida SHOTS. Please encourage any patients or parents of your patients who may be affected by this recent development to respond to our mailing as quickly as possible, and to elect to keep their immunizations on file with the Department of Health and in Florida SHOTS.

After 3/1/19, a search for a patient with an opt-out status will result in the following message:

This patient has requested non-participation in Florida SHOTS; no immunization information is available on this individual.

For those opted-out:

  • After 3/1/19, no provider - including the patient’s Current Immunization Provider - will have access to any pre-existing vaccination information in the Florida SHOTS registry. All immunizations, exemptions, contraindications, etc., will be removed and entering a new record for that patient will not be possible.

For patients choosing to opt back into Florida SHOTS:

  • If opting-in is done before the date of record removal, there is a Department of Health form they may complete and provide to the Florida SHOTS help desk. Any prior record of vaccines, previously allowed entry into the registry, will be accessible.
  • If they choose to opt-in after the date of record removal, they may do so; however, a new record must then be created, requiring the provider to have physical proof of all immunizations before they are added.

Should the patient choose to remain opted-out, it is recommended they maintain physical documented proof of immunizations. After 3/1/2019, opted-out patients may be asked to show proof of immunizations by physicians, schools, daycare centers, etc., and Florida SHOTS will no longer provide this information.

 

We ask that, should you become aware of any patients currently “opted-out” from Florida SHOTS, you please ensure they are aware of this policy and exactly what it entails.

LIVE Webinar: Back-to-School Basics

Join us for this month’s live webinar sessions to help you prepare for the back-to-school rush! We will be demonstrating how to electronically certify the DH 680 form, create a Parent PIN that gives access to the parent/guardian to print 680 form from their personal computer, as well as the recent changes to the registry.

Click HERE to view the schedule and register!

Importance of Correct Lot Numbers

Florida SHOTS provides the “Shots Recorded” totals to VFC providers when placing VFC vaccine orders on the inventory confirmation page. This total may not always match the totals entered in the “Doses Administered” column, and in many cases this is due to the lot number not being entered correctly in the patient record. The most common errors are entering extra characters and entering the letter “O” instead zeros. 

For users who are responsible for receiving new shipments in Florida SHOTS, it’s important to compare and confirm the lot numbers in the registry and on the actual vaccines before applying that receipt to your VFC inventory. If there are any differences, you can edit the information in Florida SHOTS before applying the receipt to your VFC inventory. And, remember: For Pentacel, MMR, VZV and Proquad, the lot number on the box should be used.

Click HERE to see steps on how to complete the edit or HERE for Spanish.

Florida SHOTS Live Webinar: Shots Recorded Totals Overview

Have you noticed discrepancies between your "Doses Administered" and "Shots Recorded" columns on your VFC Order Request? Don't worry! Join us for an upcoming live webinar to understand how these totals are calculated and how to research, correct, and prevent any inventory problems!

Also, for offices who participate in data upload, we will also have a member of our Data Upload Team to provide steps you can take to ensure your data successfully transfers from your EHR to the registry.

Click HERE to view the schedule and register!

Vaccine Types Updated/Added

Florida SHOTS has been updated to include two new vaccine types, and changes have been made to the names of some existing vaccines:

  • New vaccine type "ZOSTER (SHINGRIX)", CPT = 90750, CVX = 187
  • New vaccine type "ZOSTER UNK", CVX = 188
  • New vaccine type "HEP B (HEPLISAV-B)", CPT = 90739, CVX = 189
  • Renamed "BEXSERO" to "MEN B (BEXSERO)"
  • Renamed "TRUMENBA" to "MEN B (TRUMENBA)"
  • Renamed "IMOVAX IM" to "RABIES IM (IMOVAX)"
  • Renamed "RABAVERT IM" to "RABIES IM (RABAVERT)"
  • Renamed "ZOSTER VZV" to "ZOSTER (ZOSTAVAX)"

Don’t Miss Our Live Webinars!

Throughout November, we will be going over the recent updates to the Florida SHOTS registry. These updates include enhancements to the “Vaccinations” page within the patient record and “Order Request” page for VFC providers including a “Shots Recorded” column displaying vaccine totals recorded in the registry. Click HERE to view the schedule and register!

Florida SHOTS Compatibility with Microsoft Edge!

We are excited to announce that the Florida SHOTS registry will now be accessible using Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer versions 9+ and will not require "Compatibility View.”

As we install this update, Florida SHOTS is expected to be unavailable from 6:00PM EST, Friday, January 6 through approximately 8:00PM.

For assistance using Florida SHOTS following the maintenance period, please contact the Florida SHOTS Help Desk at 1-877-888-7468 (SHOT).

Florida SHOTS Updated HPV and Trumenba Schedules

We’ve updated Florida SHOTS to include the new 2-dose schedules for HPV and Trumenba, which were recently approved by Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). You can find the details on the dosing recommendations HERE.

Log Tag Configuration

Have you been uploading temperature files into Florida SHOTS regularly and all of a sudden—you either can’t find the “CSV” file, or you see “Blocked because of content error?” Your Log Tag software may have been automatically updated or re-installed on your computer. To get back on track, check out the Log Tag Configuration PowerPoint to reset the correct configuration and avoid these errors. Other Log Tag resources can be found HERE.