NC DHHS Secretary Eases Requirements for Ordering Vaccine

May 4, 2021

In a recently released video, NC Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen thanked primary care physicians for combatting COVID-19 and asked every practice to keep supplies of COVID-19 vaccine on your shelves in order to combat vaccine hesitancy.

Dr. Cohen noted that primary care physicians are highly trusted by their patients and can play a major role in combatting vaccine hesitancy as the state expands efforts to reach unvaccinated citizens.

To assist practices in this effort, Sec. Cohen announced changes in the vaccine distribution process, including removing the requirement that practices dispense vaccine doses within 7 days. Instead, the state is simply asking primary care practices to administer at least 50 percent of the vaccines received before ordering more.

Said Sec. Cohen: “In these circumstances, getting vaccine to people who want it should be prioritized over ensuring that every dose is used in an open vial.”

It all starts with enrolment in the NC Vaccine Management System (CVMS). The state has provided a CVMS Enrollment and Activation Process Roadmap to help you get enrolled and activated. Practices are encouraged to accommodate walk-in appointments and to offer vaccines as part of a regular patient visits to facilitate vaccination.

Since storage is an issue especially for smaller practices, NCDHHS is looking to engage community partners to make it easier for smaller practices to receive vaccine supplies in lesser quantities than the current minimum shipment size. Please be on the lookout for more communications regarding this effort.

For questions about the process, you can call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine hotline at 877-873-6247.