TRICARE Marks More Than "One Million Served" Through Pharmacy Vaccination Program
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The TRICARE Retail Pharmacy Vaccination Program celebrated the fall flu season with an ounce of prevention – serving up its one millionth vaccine on October 28, 2012.
TRICARE expanded its pharmacy coverage in August 2011 to include a full spectrum of preventive vaccines. Up until that time, administration of most vaccines to beneficiaries was limited to physicians’ offices and military treatment facilities.
“The response has been phenomenal and we are excited to hit this milestone in such a short period of time,” said Rear Adm. Thomas McGinnis, director of the TRICARE Management Activity Pharmaceutical Operations Directorate. “Vaccines are available at participating TRICARE network pharmacies at no cost. And with more network pharmacies than McDonald’s and Starbucks combined, there is really no excuse not to get vaccinated.”
Vaccines are among the most cost-effective way to prevent disease. TRICARE covers all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended vaccinations at no cost if they’re administered by a pharmacist at a participating TRICARE pharmacy. To find a participating pharmacy and see a list of covered immunizations, go to www.tricare.mil/vaccines. Since availability of some vaccines varies, and all states do not have the same regulations, beneficiaries should call ahead before going to their local pharmacy.
The effort to increase the number of beneficiaries with convenient access to vaccines won special recognition from the American Pharmacists Association at its 2012 annual meeting.
The TRICARE Pharmacy program is responsible for more than just vaccines. TRICARE patients can fill prescriptions at no cost through military pharmacies; at low or no cost through the Home Delivery program; or through a network of more than 57,000 retail pharmacies. To learn more about the TRICARE Pharmacy program go to www.tricare.mil/pharmacy.
TRICARE makes healthy living the easy choice for 9.7 million beneficiaries. To learn more visit www.tricare.mil/healthyliving or the Department of Defense’s new campaign OPERATION: Live Well, at www.defense.gov/home/features/2012/0812_live-well/.