Special Immunizations Program

The special immunizations program is the only program in the United States that makes investigational vaccines available to laboratory workers at risk of exposure to high consequence pathogens. The program is administered by the United States Army Medical Research and Material Command, through its Medical Material Development Activity and its Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Originally established to serve military personnel, the program expanded to serve other government and civilian personnel through a cost-sharing program established in 2004. Enrollment in the SIP program is required to receive these experimental IND vaccines.

A PI or PI’s Department may contact the SIP program directly for more information about these vaccines, the cost of participation in the program and SIP program requirements:

Phone: 301-619-4653 or 301-619-5011
Mail: Special Immunizations Program
US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID)
1425 Porter Street
Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5011

The vaccines offered through the SIP program change periodically. The following is a list of vaccines currently available through the SIP program as of January 14, 2014.

  • Tularemia (live, attenuated vaccine)
  • Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis (TC-83 vaccine: live, attenuated, primary vaccine; C-84: inactivated, booster vaccine)
  • Eastern equine encephalitis (inactivated vaccine)
  • Rift Valley Fever (inactivated vaccine)

Original February 17, 2014.  Revised May 20, 2014.