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Drs. Urged To Save Low-Income Vaccines For Those In Need

Many physicians have been sending insured patients to public health clinics, which receive government funded vaccines.

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Insured children should be vaccinated by their primary care physician.

The Indiana State Department of Health said local health departments should reserve low-cost vaccinations for children in most need.

State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin sent primary care providers a letter advocating they provide vaccines for insured children beginning on July 1st. Many physicians have been sending insured patients to public health clinics, which receive government funded vaccines.

Larkin said not reserving low-cost vaccines is potentially problematic.

“If we don’t guard that well and instead use a significant portion of the same vaccination pool for those with insurance,” he said, “we will run out of the resources and supplies that we intended for those with no insurance or who are underinsured.”

The Director of School and Community Services for the Monroe County Community School Corporation, Beverly Smith, says this policy should not have much of an effect on local school children.

“Our community, our parents and our medical community are very good partners,” she said, “and continue to work together very aggressively to make sure our students are immunized and we’re pretty caught up in terms of immunizations.”

Larkin contends that families whose insurance does not cover vaccinations will continue to be eligible for low-cost vaccines as they are considered underinsured.

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