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AB 1797 Immunization Registry FAQs 

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1.     What is AB 1797 and when does it go into effect? 

Governor Newsom has signed AB 1797, a bill authored by Assemblymember Akilah Weber, MD to update the current immunization registry statute. With the passage of AB 1797, California healthcare providers who administer vaccines will be required to enter: 

  • Immunization information into a California immunization registry (CAIR or RIDE/Healthy Futures).  
  • Race and ethnicity information for each patient in the immunization registry to support assessment of health disparities in immunization coverage.  

AB 1797 is effective January 1, 2023.

2.     Our practice does not currently participate in an immunization registry. What can we do as an immunizing provider to prepare for this requirement? 

For more information about CAIR or to start the enrollment process, visit the CAIR website.   

If you are a provider in one of the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Tuolumne, please report to RIDE/Healthy Futures.   

3.     Our practice is enrolled in an immunization registry but does not currently submit data. What can we do as an immunizing provider to prepare for this requirement? 

The CAIR Team is here to support you along the way. Contact the CAIR Help Desk (CAIRHelpdesk@cdph.ca.gov or 800-578-7889) or your Local CAIR Representative with any questions. For more information about CAIR, visit the CAIR website.   

If you are a provider in one of the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Tuolumne, please report to RIDE/Healthy Futures

4.     I am not sure if my practice is already participating in an immunization registry. What should I do? 

Contact the CAIR Help Desk (CAIRHelpdesk@cdph.ca.gov or 800-578-7889) or your Local CAIR Representative with any questions or if you want to find out whether your clinic is already participating in CAIR. 

If you are a provider in one of the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Tuolumne, please report to RIDE/Healthy Futures

5.     How do I submit doses administered in the past (historical vaccinations)?  

Historical vaccinations are either vaccinations given by your site in the past (that have not been added to CAIR as New Immunizations) or those given by another provider that were never added to CAIR (i.e., are on the patient’s Yellow Card, but are not in CAIR).  

To submit historical vaccinations through data exchange (DX), please work with your EHR vendor support and a CAIR Data Exchange Specialist (CAIRDataExchange@cdph.ca.gov) to discuss submission options.  

To manually enter historical vaccines, consult the CAIR2 Guide to Adding Historical Immunizations (PDF) or view the Adding Historical Immunizations video. 

Having complete patient records in CAIR is essential to ensuring future recommendations for vaccinations needed are accurate. 

6.     Even if I enroll in CAIR by January 1st, it may take time to obtain CAIR user accounts, have my staff trained and/or get my EHR connected to CAIR.  Will there be a grace period for entering doses into CAIR?  

CDPH expects providers to start reporting to CAIR as soon as all the necessary steps are completed. CAIR staff will work with providers to help them start reporting to CAIR as quickly as possible. 

 

7.     If I am a VFC provider, what will happen if I do not enter doses into CAIR starting January 1, 2023?  

VFC providers will be asked for their CAIR ID during recertification for 2023 and will be contacted if they do not have CAIR IDs. For continued non-compliance with registering or entering doses into CAIR, providers may be no longer able to order VFC vaccines.   

 

8.     What do I do if our clinical team forgot to capture a patient’s race and/or ethnicity during an immunization visit? 

Remind clinical staff that it is a state requirement for providers to report race/ethnicity data and make sure to ask at the next patient visit. Ensure that your practice has clear protocols and routinizes this step in the immunization workflow.  

9.     Where can I get more information? 

For more information about CAIR, visit the CAIR website.   ​​

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