As Arizona continues efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, state health agencies and the Governor’s Office are partnering with health care providers and businesses to prepare for the upcoming flu season.
Governor Doug Ducey today was joined by leaders representing hospitals, pharmacies, doctors, nurses, public health, universities and more to announce a plan of action to increase influenza vaccination rates and urge Arizonans to get the flu shot.
Arizona is taking enhanced steps to expand access to the flu vaccine and encourage more Arizonans to get it. As part of these efforts, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is issuing an administrative action to enable certified pharmacists to administer the flu vaccine to children currently enrolled in AHCCCS and is increasing payments to providers for vaccine administration. In addition, AHCCCS is offering $10 gift cards to members who get their flu vaccine. Data from other states show these actions have increased the vaccine medication rates among Medicaid members by upwards of 50 percent.
Additional actions being taken by the Arizona Department of Health Services include:
- Significantly increasing the amount of influenza vaccines available to uninsured and underinsured Arizonans;
- Launching a public education campaign - "Roll Up Your Sleeve;”
- Partnering with health care providers and pharmacies;
- Conducting outreach to businesses, creating a “business toolkit." The toolkit will provide information and resources, including guidance for businesses to set up their own flu vaccine clinics;
- Expanding the flu vaccine at COVID-19 testing sites;
- And creating an online “Vaccine Finder” available soon.
For more information visit azhealth.gov.
Read the Governor’s full News Release: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/08/governor-ducey-and-health-leaders-urge-arizonans-get-flu-shot