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Check out the current issue of our online newsletter, “SHOTS Tracker.” In this issue, we cover a few Florida SHOTS features that you may or may not know about.  Available to download in English or Spanish.


As of October 8, 2022, new Florida SHOTS passwords must have the following parameters:

  • Must be 10 to 30 characters long
  • Must contain at least 1 lower-case, 1 upper-case, 1 number and 1 special character
  • Cannot contain common password words such as “password”, “admin”, “12345”, etc
  • Cannot contain more than 4 of the same repeating characters
  • Cannot contain your system user ID
  • Cannot be any of the previous 3 password used or any password used in the last 90 days

Users will need to use new requirements when the system prompts them to update their password.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccine information available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website. You can review each of the COVID-19 vaccines including administration, storage and handling, and Emergency Use Authorization fact sheets for recipients. 

Access resource page HERE.

“SHOTS Tracker” Now Available!

Check out the current issue of our online newsletter, “SHOTS Tracker.” In this issue, we highlight the numerous training resources that are available for new users or those looking for a refresher. Available to download in English and Spanish.

UPDATE: Shelf-Life Extension for Select Pfizer Products

The Food & Drug Administration has approved an amendment to the EUA for Pfizer Tris COVID-19 vaccine extending the shelf-life of the following Pfizer product formulations from 9 to 12 months:

• Pfizer Tris Pediatric vaccine (Orange Cap for ages 5 through 11, with diluent)

• Pfizer Adult Tris (Gray Cap for ages 12+, no diluent)

Vials stored consistently in an ultra-low temperature freezer at -90oC to -60oC (-130oF to -76oF) may remain in use for up to 12 months beyond the date of manufacture printed on the vials and cartons. Vials stored in refrigerated vials (2oC to 8oC) are NOT eligible for extension, regardless of the expiration date. Additional information on Pfizer storage and handling may be found at Administration Overview for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine | CDC.

Pfizer Orange and Gray Cap Tris Vaccine expiry dates based on 12 months from the date of the manufacture are shown below and at Expiry Information for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines.


Printed Manufacturing Date                   12-Month Expiry Date

06/2021                                                               31-May-2022

07/2021                                                               30-Jun-2022

08/2021                                                               31-Jul-2022

09/2021                                                               31-Aug-2022

10/2021                                                               30-Sep-2022

11/2021                                                               31-Oct-2022

12/2021                                                               30-Nov-2022

01/2022                                                               31-Dec-2022

02/2022                                                               31-Jan-2023

03/2022                                                               28-Feb-2023


For more information, please review the updated FDA Factsheets:

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Gray Cap/Adult)

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine (Orange Cap/PEDS)

COVID-19 vaccines authorized under an EUA do not have fixed expiration dates, and expiration dates may be extended as more stability data is collected. Always check Expiry Information for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines to obtain the most up-to-date expiration dates for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines you have in inventory.

When and How to Return 2020-2021 Flu Vaccine

All flu vaccines will have expired on June 30, 2021. The flu vaccines cannot be adjusted as Expired until after their expiration date. Be sure to adjust all used and expired flu vaccines from your inventory in Florida SHOTS for the number of doses expired and for the number of doses administered.

Perform an inventory adjustment by decreasing the number of doses expired and select "Expired” from the drop-down menu.  Perform the same steps for the doses administered and select "Doses Administered” from the drop-down menu.  After making these adjustments, go to Transaction History, pick flu for the Vaccine Category, and then click "Retrieve Matching Inv Records.” All flu inventory should be zeroed out. 

Once all adjustments are made, click on "Report Returns/Waste.” At the end of each row pertaining to the flu adjustments, place a checkmark in the box before clicking the Submit button. This will redirect you to the Shipping Labels page where you will then click on the "Request Labels button.” On this page, you will need to verify the email address shown is valid. Now choose from the drop-down menu next to Nbr of Boxes, the number of return shipping labels you require. VFC does not provide the box(s). You will then click the "Complete” box before clicking the "Submit” button.

After the return shipping label request has been made and exported, an email will be sent from UPS Quantum View [mailto:[email protected]] within 3 business days containing the shipping label for you to print out and attach to the box. You will then drop the box off at a UPS location or have the UPS delivery person take the box with them when making a delivery to your office. DO NOT request a UPS pick-up. You will be charged and not reimbursed.

See our English and Spanish  guides with instructions for managing your VFC inventory.

Questions? Contact the VFC Program via email at [email protected] or via phone at 1-877-888-7468 Option 1.