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  • Documenting Vaccination

Please explain the federal requirements for all healthcare providers that administer vaccines under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act.

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), enacted in 1986, set forth 3 basic requirements for all vaccination providers, which are:

  • Providers must give the patient (or parent/legal representative of a minor) a copy of the relevant federal “Vaccine Information Statement” (VIS) for the vaccine they are about to receive.
  • Providers must record certain information about the vaccine(s) administered in the patient’s medical record or a permanent office log.
  • Providers must document any adverse event following the vaccination that the patient experiences and that becomes known to the provider, whether or not it is felt to be caused by the vaccine, and submit the report to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at
Last reviewed: June 6, 2023

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