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Our Programs

The Immunization Program Helps Keep Philadelphia Healthy

The Philadelphia Immunization Program runs the below programs which protect Philadelphia from vaccine preventable diseases.

PhilaVax: PhilaVax (formerly known as the KIDS Plus IIS) is the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s immunization information system (IIS). Using PhilaVax, you can search a patient’s immunization history, print school immunization forms, and more.

Vaccines for Children (VFC): The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program allows enrolled health care providers to give free vaccines to children. Clinics can enroll in VFC to remove financial barriers to immunization for children who are Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, under-insured, or Native American/Alaska Native.

Vaccines for Adults at Risk (VFAAR): The Vaccines for Adults at Risk (VFAAR) program makes vaccine available to providers throughout Philadelphia who serve uninsured adults at high-risk for vaccine preventable diseases. VFAAR provides enrolled providers with federally purchased vaccine at no cost.

Storage & Handling: The Storage and Handling program assists providers with setting up, maintaining, and documenting sites’ storage and handling of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Community Based Outreach: The Community Based Outreach team helps keep children, their families, and their communities safe by explaining the importance of vaccinations and informing them what vaccinations are required for day care and public-school enrollment.

Perinatal Hep B: The Perinatal Hep B program works with families and physicians to identify cases and ensure that at-risk children will not be infected with Hepatitis B virus (HBV).

Community Flu Clinics: Community Flu Clinics are held each year starting in October, as part of the citywide Community-based Influenza Vaccine Campaign. The program vaccinates adults ages 19 and older who do not have health insurance and have no alternative source for medical care, or who are unable to access their usual source of care. If you are interested in holding a flu clinic in your community, click on the above link to learn more.

Bridge Access Program: The Bridge Program is a COVID-19 vaccine program for uninsured and underinsured adults 18 years of age and older in Philadelphia county. The program only offers COVID-19 vaccines for uninsured and underinsured adults, 18 and older.

Specific forms or documents can be found on our Forms & Resources page or on each program’s page.

Need Help or Support?

Please note! In response to the COVID-19 pandemic our staff is working remotely at off-site clinics and vaccination events. We urge all providers to email our team members rather than call them.

PhilaVax Hotline: Call our hotline, or email us with questions about using or transmitting data to the PhilaVax IIS. Call 215-685-6784 or email

Vaccine Specialists: Contact our vaccine specialists with questions about vaccine orders. Call 215-685-6728 or 215-685-6667 or email

DPH Provider Help: Contact the Department of Public Health (DPH) Provider Help with questions about training and inventory reconciliation. Call 215-685-6872 or 215-685-6490, or email

Storage & Handling: Contact our Storage & Handling team for questions about Digital Data Loggers (DDLs), out-of-range temperatures, and vaccine emergencies. Call 215-685-6777 or email

Bridge Access Program Provider Help: Contact our Bridge Access Program team for questions about Bridge Access Program provider enrollment, vaccine ordering, and related questions. Email

Miscellaneous Inquiries: Don’t know who you need to reach? Email us at and we’ll help connect you with the right person or resources!

Need to Fax Us?

  • PhilaVax 215-238-6944
  • Vaccines For Children (VFC) 215-238-6948
  • Vaccines For Adults At Risk (VFAAR) 215-238-6948
  • Community Flu Campaign (CFC) 215-238-6948
  • Perinatal Hepatitis B Program 215-685-6806

Meet Our Staff!


Amber Tirmal
Immunization Program Manager

James Lutz
CDC Lead Public Health Advisor

Veronica Alvarez
CDC Public Health Advisor

Angela Lewis
Grants Management Specialist


Shelli Jensen
Immunization Epidemiologist

Adam Howsare
Senior Epidemiologist

Jack Chovanes
Immunization Visualization Specialist

Chu-Chuan Chio
Immunization Epidemiologist II

PhilaVax IIS

John Robison
IIS Manager

Jenna Jaxheimer
 IIS Deputy Manager

Craig Volchko
IIS System Manager

Raf Echavarria
IIS Senior Programmer

Cindy Kelly
IIS Lead Developer

Nicole Teberio
IIS Special Projects Manager

Troy Brown
IIS Support Programmer

Krupa Unjia
IIS Systems Specialist

Jenny Rascento
IIS Interoperability Specialist

Helen Seleshi
Interoperability Specialist

Beweh Willor
IIS Interoperability Coordinator

Jerry Raju
IIS Support Clerk

Mohan Nagaraja
IIS Modernization, Support, and Training Manager

Renee Williams
IIS Support Specialist

Margarita Falu
IIS Support Specialist

Austin Fuoco
IIS Modernization Specialist

Julie Thach
IIS Data Specialist

Hadeyia Toliver
IIS Support Specialist

Gabriellea ‘LG’ Martinez
IIS Data Specialist

Helen Seleshi 
IIS Interoperability Specialist

Jose Alicea
IIS Modernization Specialist

Paula Riley
IIS Modernization Specialist

Rachel Wojtkielewicz
IIS Modernization Specialist

Brian Jorgage
Senior Data Analyst

Hannah Liebow
Informatics Manager

Routine Immunizations

Jillian Brown
Deputy Immunization Program Manager

Christine Wilson
Administrative Technician

Dom Shannon
IQIP/VFC Quality Assurance Nurse

Beth Smith
Provider Quality Assurance Nurse

Kimberly Ledford
Bridge Access Provider Education Specialist

Charma Miller
Provider Ordering Specialist II

Victor Obeck
VFC Coordinator

Kenya Mack
Adult Vaccine Coordinator

Nichole Holmes
Immunization Provider Education Coordinator

Angelica Echavarria
Storage and Handling Specialist

Lyn Jordan
Community Flu Specialist

Nichole Taylor

Bridge Access Program COVID 19 – Quality Assurance Specialist

Alisha Conway
Storage and Handling Coordinator

Marguerite Horton
Mpox Coordinator

Janeca Latore
Performance Improvement Analyst

Lana Staley
Bridge Access Quality Assurance Manager

Julia Toledo
Vaccine Ordering Specialist I

Kathy Nguyen
Immunization Compliance Specialist 

Sanie Auguste
Immunization Compliance Specialist

Melissa Knott
Grants Management Specialist

COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Julia Asbel
Logistics Assistant

Thang Song
Vaccine Equity Official

Cydni Walker
Immunization Nurse

Nyandra McFadden
COVID-19 Ordering and Enrollment Specialist

Community Outreach

Tanya Jones
Community Based Outreach Coordinator

Aleah McKenzie
Special Project Coordinator

Vince DiLorenzo
Immunization Program Specialist


Rishi Sharma
Communications Coordinator

Aimee Lin
Assistant Communications Coordinator

Viviana Sanchez Gomez
Communications Specialist

Theo Cerequas
Graphic and Web Designer