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Adult Safety Net Program for Providers


What is the Adult Safety Net (ASN) Program?


The Adult Safety Net (ASN) Program supplies publicly-purchased vaccine at no cost to enrolled providers. The program was created to increase access to vaccination services in Texas for uninsured adults and raise the immunization coverage levels and improving the health of Texans. The ASN program is administerd by the Houston Health Department in Houston/Harris County.
Currently, the vaccines offered through the ASN Program include the following:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine;
  • Hepatitis B vaccine;
  • Combination hepatitis A-hepatitis B vaccine;
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine;
  • Measles, mumps, & rubella (MMR) vaccine;
  • Meningococcal vaccine;
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23);
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13);
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, & pertussis (Tdap) vaccine; and
  • Tetanus-diphtheria (Td) vaccine;
  • Varicella vaccine; and
  • Zoster vaccine.


Why do adults need to be vaccinated?

Like infants and children, adults are also at risk for contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. In addition to becoming severely ill, infected adults risk spreading these diseases to infants who are too young to be vaccinated. The solution is to vaccinate our adult population to prevent infection with one of these potentially devastating diseases.


Why enroll as an ASN provider?

Currently, there is a significant amount of adults in Texas who are not immunized for recommended vaccinations, meaning that they are at an increased risk of developing vaccine-preventable diseases. Your participation in the ASN Program would help to address this important public health issue by providing access to vaccines for uninsured adults. Also, since ASN Program vaccines are of no cost to your facility, and you may charge an administration fee of up to $25 per vaccine, joining the ASN Program is both beneficial to your business, as well as to the health of Texans.

Which providers are eligible to participate?
Currently, providers at the following types of public facilities are eligible to enroll in the ASN Program:

  • DSHS Health Service Region Offices
  • Local Health Departments
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHC)
  • HIV Clinics
  • STD Clinics
  • Family Planning Clinics
  • Substance Abuse Clinics (Opioid Replacement Clinics)

How do I enroll?
If you are interested in becoming an Adult Safety Net Program provider, please complete the ASN Program Provider Enrollment Form and submit to TVFChouston@houstontx.gov.

 

Parents (Birth to 18)
Adults (19 and older)
Healthcare Providers