Program News & Updates - Adult Safety Net Program

Updated Vaccine Management Plans

April 23, 2018

The Immunization Unit has developed new vaccine management plan templates for the routine and emergency storage and handling of vaccines. The templates allow you to outline what you will do with TVFC and/or ASN vaccine in the event of an emergency (loss of power, unit failure, or a natural disaster). The new templates include updated water bottle and data logger requirements for refrigerators and freezers that contain TVFC and/or ASN vaccine. This new document, (E11-14498), is available at

Shingrix and Zostavax Update on Ordering

April 18, 2018

Effective May 1, 2018, clinics enrolled in the ASN Program will be able to place orders for Shingrix®, a Zoster vaccine available from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Also effective on May 1, 2018, Zostavax® (Zoster vaccine, Merck and Co., Inc.) will no longer be available on the ASN formulary.

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Revision to the Patient Eligibility Screening Form and Reporting Services to Female Veterans

February 15, 2018

In accordance with Senate Bill 805 from the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) must collect and report the number of uninsured female veterans who receive ASN vaccines. 

Pediatric (EC-68-1) and Adult (EC-68-2) Biological Order Forms Revised 

July 14, 2017

Updated biological order forms are now available for new providers who join the Texas Vaccines for Children Program and/or the Adult Safety Net Program. Read more about these forms and the update in the memo at this link.

Recombivax® (Merck) Adult Hepatitis B Vaccine Supply Update 

June 5, 2017

Effective June 19, all vaccine orders placed in the Electronic Vaccine Inventory (EVI) system for Merck’s Recombivax® adult Hepatitis B vaccine will be substituted with the same presentation product of GSK’s Engerix-B® adult Hepatitis B vaccine. Please download the memo at this link for more information.

2017 Adult Safety Net Program Provider Re-Enrollment Reminder

January 31, 2017

The Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Program would like to remind providers of the 2017 annual re-enrollment period for the Adult Safety Net (ASN) Program that is now open. The re-enrollment period opened on January 9, 2017 will close on Friday, February 3, 2017. If you have not already done so, please complete your clinic’s re-enrollment process.

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Take A Stand! Use Standing Orders to Vaccinate Adults - Free Workshops

January 15, 2016

One of the strategies for increasing adult immunization rates, both nationally and in Texas, is to have standing orders implemented with your medical practice. In February, the Immunization Action Coalition will be hosting three four-hour workshops in Texas. The workshops will provide information on the benefits of having standing orders implemented and how they can be implemented in a healthcare provider's office. The DSHS Immunization Unit encourages healthcare providers (clinicians, nurses, and clinical managers) serving adult clients to attend the free workshops.

The workshops will provide a great opportunity to meet and interact with nationally recognized speakers in adult immunizations:

  • L.J. Tan, MS, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, Immunization Action Coalition
  • William Atkinson, MD, MPH, Association Director for Immunization Education, Immunization Action Coalition
  • Alexandra Steward, JD, Association Professor, George Washington University

The workshops will be in the following locations:

  • Fort Worth: February 16, 2016, at the Omni Hotel Fort Worth
  • San Antonio: February 17, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Houston: February 19, 2016, at the JW Marriott Hotel

For additional information and to register for the free workshops, please visit

ASN Program Formulary Expansion

May 1, 2015

The Immunization Branch is pleased to announce the expansion of the Adult Safety Net (ASN) Program formulary. Effective Monday, May 4, 2015, the following vaccines will routinely be available for participating ASN providers to order and administer to eligible adults: Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4) Vaccine (Menveo®, MenactraE), Zoster Vaccine (Zostavax®), Varicella Vaccine (Varivax®)

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ASN Program Addition of Prevnar® to Adult Safety Net Formulary

November 5, 2014

Effective Monday, November 10, 2014, the Adult Safety Net (ASN) Program will expand the existing formulary to include the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, Prevnar. Please use this opportunity to order PCV13 and incorporate its administration into the routine care of your adult population.

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ASN Program Formulary Expansion

April 3, 2014

Effective April 1, 2014, the ASN Program expanded the existing ASN formulary to add the following vaccines: Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (PPSV23) Vaccine, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B combination vaccine (Twinrix®), and Hepatitis A Vaccine.

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ASN Program Provider Update Memo

November 8, 2013

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Immunization Branch continues to offer certain vaccines to uninsured adults through the ASN Program. The following vaccines are currently available as part of the DSHS ASN formulary: Hepatitis B, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Tdap, Td.

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ASN Program Provider Recruitment Letter

December 23, 2013

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Immunization Branch would like to invite you to participate in the DSHS Adult Safety Net (ASN) Program. The DSHS ASN Program provides publically purchased vaccine at no cost to medical providers enrolled in the program, making vaccines more accessible to the uninsured adult population.

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Last updated April 24, 2018