We’re on a mission to help pharmacies go paperless.
With the success of VUCA Health's MedsOnCue solution, where pharmacies can offer their patients digital Medication Guides and patient education sheets, we created this free resource so pharmacies and other healthcare providers can offer digital vaccine information statements (VIS) to their patients.
How it Works
We have created three ways you can provide your patients with a digital VIS:
Simply tell your patients to visit VaccineSheets.com on their smartphone and choose their vaccine
Show QR Code
Each vaccine on this website has a unique QR code that you can display on your smart device and allow your patients to scan
Using a QR code is super easy!
When you have a QR code ready for your patient to scan, simply have your patient open their iPhone camera, Google camera, or any other QR code reader and hold the camera six inches above the QR code to scan.
When their phone reads the QR code, they will be presented with a link to access the VIS.
Instructions for Printing VIS QR Codes
To print all the VIS QR codes, click the "Print All" button below to open a printable PDF.
To print a VIS QR code for a specific vaccine, click the "View List" button, then choose the "View QR code" button of the desired vaccine to print the QR code.
Place printed QR codes near patient intake areas and be sure to provide patients access to their VIS prior to vaccine administration in accordance with Federal Law.
Patients scan QR code with a smartphone to access the VIS.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the CDC allow regarding digital VISs?
The CDC allows the VIS to be given in the following ways:
Paper copies of the VIS can be printed and given to patients prior to vaccination.
Permanent, laminated office copies may be given to patients to read prior to vaccination.
Patients may view VISs on a computer monitor or other video display.
Patients may read the VIS on their phone or other digital device by downloading the pdf file from CDC’s website.
Patients may be given a copy of a VIS during a prior visit, or told how to access it through the internet, so they can read it in advance. These patients must still be offered a copy to read during the immunization visit, as a reminder.
*Patients must still be offered a copy of the VIS to take away following the vaccination. The patient may decline.
The CDC also says you and your patients can:
View and display the web page
Download and print the PDF file
Import the RTF (text) file into an electronic system
View on a smartphone, tablet or other web-accessible mobile device
How do patients scan the QR code?
When you have a QR code ready for your patient to scan, simply have your patient open their iPhone camera, Google camera, or any other QR code reader and hold the camera six inches above the QR code to scan. When their phone reads the QR code, they will be presented with a link to access the VIS. Patients will need internet access to view the VIS.
How often are the VISs updated?
According to the CDC website: "VISs are updated only when they need to be. For instance, a VIS would be updated if there were a change in ACIP recommendations that affects the vaccine’s adverse event profile, indications, or contraindications. Knowing that VISs posted on CDC’s VIS website are always current should help alleviate any concern. Annually changing the dates on VISs that haven’t changed otherwise could be confusing too, because there could be multiple VISs in circulation that are identical but have different dates. Providers using paper VISs shouldn’t be required to renew their stocks each year because the date changed."
What is a VIS?
According to the CDC webiste, "Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients. Federal law requires that healthcare staff provide a VIS to a patient, parent, or legal representative before each dose of certain vaccines."
Do you have VISs in other languages?
We only have VISs available in English. However, you can find translated versions on https://www.immunize.org/vis/
Does this website have the Michigan VIS?
No, this website does not have the Michigan version of the VIS available. However, we do have a QR code that you can print located at vaccinesheets.com/michigan that will take you to the Michigan VIS website. Additionally, on every vaccine page on this website, patients can click the "Michigan Residents Click Here" button to gain access to the Michigan VIS website.
What if my patient doesn't have a smartphone?
Because Federal Law requires you to provide your patient with a copy of a VIS prior to vaccine administration, you may have to provide a printed paper copy of the VIS as you traditionally would. You can find printable PDFs of VISs here. Alternatively, if your patients have access to the internet at home, you can provide them with instructions on how to access a VIS prior to coming in to get the vaccine.
Do you collect my patient's information?
VaccineSheets.com will never ask a patient for neither personal information nor protected health information. This site is for educational purposes only.
Does this website have consent forms?
No, this website does not have vaccine consent forms. You must follow all state and federal regulations required for consent prior to administering a vaccination.
I'm a Pharmacy, does my state Board of Pharmacy allow digital VISs?
It appears that no state Board of Pharmacy has more strict rules or regulations than the CDC requirement regarding providing VISs to patients.
Do I need to print a new QR code when a VIS is updated?
No, you will not need to print a new QR code. The website that the QR code points to will have the updated VIS.
Do the COVID 19 vaccines have a VIS that I need to give patients?
There is currently no VIS available for COVID vaccines that were given a EUA. However, when the FDA authorizes emergency use of a medical product such as an anticipated COVID-19 vaccine, an EUA Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers (in place of a package insert typical of a licensed vaccine) and an EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients (akin to product information for patients or a CDC-provided VIS for a licensed vaccine) must be provided to the healthcare providers prescribing and/or administering the authorized medical product. The healthcare providers, in turn, provide the EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients to vaccine recipients or their guardians. When a VIS is created, this site will be updated to include the VIS for the approved vaccine.
What is the difference between a VIS and a EUA Fact Sheet?
When FDA authorizes a vaccine for use under an EUA, providers and public health entities involved in vaccine administration are legally required to provide the FDA-authorized EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients to individuals receiving vaccine or their guardians, similar to VIS’s that are also required by law for certain licensed vaccines. The EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients, like the VIS, explains the benefits and risks associated with the vaccine. But unlike a VIS, the EUA fact sheet also provides vaccine product-specific information, including the vaccine’s authorized use, dose/dose-series, and known information or experience with the vaccine from clinical trials that support issuance of the EUA by FDA.
Visit CDC.gov for more information about VISs
About VUCA Health
VUCA Health works directly with pharmacies, health systems, and providers to enhance patient engagement. We've created the largest library of medication education videos that integrates into websites and mobile applications. We've also created MedsOnCue, a solution that helps pharmacies offer digital patient education sheets and Medication Guides so pharmacies can go paperless.