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Protecting the Frontline in Biodefense Research: The Special Immunizations Program
MANAGEMENT OF THE SPECIAL IMMUNIZATIONS PROGRAM
The committee identified several obstacles faced by civilian biodefense research workers that prevented ready access to SIP vaccines. Paramount among these are cost and travel.
Recommendation 8: All biodefense contracting and granting agenciesshould consider covering the cost of immunizing at-risk research workers, so that this cost is not borne solely by the institutions working ongovernment-supported programs. The committee supports the idea ofcentral SIP administration but recommends that the SIP explore optionsfor having a small number of satellite clinic locations around the countryto reduce travel and inconvenience for other participating institutions(provided that they are able to adhere to the IND protocols).