(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Hoosier parents won’t have to worry about paying out of pocket for their child’s immunizations until next year.
The Indiana State Department of Health had ordered local health departments to provide publicly funded vaccines only for underinsured or uninsured children beginning July 1.
On Friday, the department announced it will delay the new guidelines until January 1, 2012 so that county health departments can help children meet their immunization requirements before going back to school in August.
"In many counties, local health departments are the primary provider of all immunizations regardless of an individual's insurance status," said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D. "This delay ensures that a process will be in place which allows ready access to immunizations for all individuals while assuring appropriate use of funding sources."
The State Health Department says it has the funds to continue providing the vaccines to all children through the end of the year. Local health departments will receive instructions on implementing the new guidelines in November.
Once the new guidelines do go into effect next year, parents will have to take their insured children to a doctors office in order to be vaccinated.
"We are currently reviewing various solutions that will support the dedicated efforts of local health departments to deliver immunizations across the communities they support, including both uninsured and insured individuals," said Dr. Larkin.