DSHS Opens VAOS for COVID Vaccine Pre-Orders for Kids <5

June 3, 2022
 
Dear COVID-19 Vaccine Provider:
 
With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) pending Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months through five years and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months through four years, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is requesting providers who will be serving children ages six months through five years to pre-order vaccine in the Vaccine Allocation & Ordering System (VAOS).
  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (6 months – 5 years) – Blue Cap Vial
  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (6 months – 4 years)- Maroon Cap Vial
DSHS is requesting for all COVID-19 vaccine providers serving children six months through five years to place a pre-order for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (maroon cap) and/or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (blue cap).
  • Pre-orders can begin in VAOS effective immediately.
  • Providers may place pre-order for one or both types of vaccines.
  • As per the most current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all pre-orders received by June 14, 2022 are anticipated to be delivered on June 20, 2022. Providers must be able to receive orders and accept delivery.
  • Shipment of both COVID-19 vaccines is planned to begin once the FDA issues the EUA. However, vaccine administration can only begin following the final recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
  • A full pack size order is 100 doses (10 vials).
  • If providers would like to place a smaller order than minimum pack size, the order should be made in increments of 10 doses (1 vial). Note, smaller orders will take longer time to be delivered.
Please note:
  • Vaccine allocations will be made based on doses available to Texas. Please note all doses requested may not be filled during the initial ordering.
  • As per COVID-19 policy, providers who have not reported their monthly inventory will be unable to order vaccine until they have completed this requirement in VAOS.
  • Please also ensure your data logger certificates are in compliance. Current data logger certificates are required in order to place orders in VAOS.
  • Pediatric ancillary kits, containing necessary needles, syringes, diluent, alcohol swabs, limited PPE, and shot cards, will be automatically added to a vaccine order and will ship at the same time as the vaccine.
 
If you have questions concerning pre-ordering, please email COVID19VacShipments@dshs.texas.gov.
 
Thank you very much for your continued partnership!
 
 
Sincerely,
Texas Department of State Health Services


June 2, 2022

RE: Pre-ordering Available Now: COVID-19 Vaccines for Pediatric 6 months – 5 years

Dear COVID-19 Vaccine Provider:

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) pending Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months through five years and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months through four years, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is requesting providers who will be serving children ages six months through five years to pre-order vaccine in the Vaccine Allocation & Ordering System (VAOS).

  • Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (6 months – 5 years) – Blue Cap Vial
  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (6 months – 4 years)- Maroon Cap Vial

DSHS is requesting for all COVID-19 vaccine providers serving children six months through five years to place a pre-order for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (maroon cap) and/or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (blue cap).

  • Pre-orders can begin in VAOS effective immediately.
  • Providers may place pre-order for one or both types of vaccines.
  • All pre-orders received by June 14, 2022 are anticipated to be delivered on June 20, 2022. Providers must be able to receive orders and accept delivery.
  • Shipment of both COVID-19 vaccines is planned to begin once the FDA issues the EUA. However, vaccine administration can only begin following the final recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
  • A full pack size order is 100 doses (10 vials).
  • If providers would like to place a smaller order than minimum pack size, the order should be made in increments of 10 doses (1 vial).

Please note:

  • Vaccine allocations will be made based on doses available to Texas. Please note all doses requested may not be filled during the initial ordering.
  • As per COVID-19 policy, providers who have not reported their monthly inventory will be unable to order vaccine until they have completed this requirement in VAOS.
  • Pediatric ancillary kits, containing necessary needles, syringes, diluent, alcohol swabs, limited PPE, and shot cards, will be automatically added to a vaccine order and will ship at the same time as the vaccine.

If you have questions concerning pre-ordering, please email COVID19VacShipments@dshs.texas.gov.

Thank you very much for your continued partnership!

Sincerely,

Texas Department of State Health Services