for Children Program (VFC)
For Children Program
Brief: Information for
Brochure for Healthcare Providers
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This brochure answers these questions
(which is also repeated in the text below
on this page):
is the Vaccines for Children Program?
are the benefits of the VFC program?
do we need the VFC Program?
patients are eligible?
can I enroll as a provider in the VFC
do I order vaccines and keep them in
are the VFC provider participation
I charge a fee for administering VFC
What is the
Vaccines for Children Program?
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program
guarantees vaccine purchase and supply to all
states, territories, and the District of Columbia
for use by participating providers. These
vaccines are to be given to eligible children
without vaccine cost to the provider.
All routine childhood vaccine recommended by
the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
(ACIP) are available through this program.
saves parents and providers out-of-pocket expenses
for vaccine purchases and provides cost-savings
to states through the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention's (CDC) vaccine contracts.
This results in lower vaccine prices and assures
that all states pay the same contract prices,
with no cost to the provider.
the benefits of the VFC program?
You can provide necessary vaccines to uninsured
children and others who cannot get recommended
vaccinations without financial assistance-and,
you will not incur any additional costs.
You can also
- Reduce referrals
of eligible children to public clinics for
vaccination, thus allowing them to stay in
their medical homes and ensuring the continuity
- Save money
on your vaccine purchases because you will
receive public-purchased vaccines covered
under the program.
- Receive technical
assistance to help improve your vaccination
rates, such as record-keeping, vaccine handling,
and vaccination opportunities.
Why do we
need the VFC Program?
The VFC program reduces cost as a barrier to
vaccination and enables better access to health
Many children are not vaccinated because
their parents either do not have health insurance,
or their health insurance does not cover vaccinations.
The risk of serious illness or even death from
vaccine-preventable diseases is far greater
for these children. However, for the many who
qualify for the no-cost vaccines provided through
the VFC program, this barrier to immunization
is no longer a problem.
Children, from birth through 18 years of
age, who are eligible, and meet at least one
of the following criteria:
Indian or Alaska Native
has health insurance that does not cover vaccines.
(These children can also receive VFC vaccines
at federally qualified health centers or rural
How can I
enroll as a provider in the VFC program?
Enrolling in the VFC program is easy!
Call your state health department immunization
Request a provider
and return the enrollment form, which lists
your state's requirements for participation.
the Provider Profile form, as required, to
ensure you receive the amount of vaccine
needed for your office.
How do I
order vaccines and keep them in supply?
When you submit the Provider Profile to
your state VFC program, they will send you
information on ordering vaccines. You
will place the order through your state-operated
VFC program, and the vaccines will be delivered
according to your individual state's procedures.
Your first vaccine delivery will arrive within
30 days of ordering.
the VFC provider participation requirements?
By participating in the VFC program you
- Screen all
children for eligibility (verification is
Maintain a record of the screenings.
- Follow the
recommended immunization schedule as established
by the ACIP, the American Academy of Pediatrics,
the American Academy of Family Physicians,
and state law (individual medical judgment
may be exercised).
- Not charge
for VFC-supplied vaccine.
Provide vaccine information material as prescribed
by law (required of all providers regardless
of their enrollment in the VFC program).
the Provider Profile and enrollment form
according to your state's requirements.
- Agree to
provider site visits by the public health
Can I charge
a fee for administering VFC vaccine?
Yes. However, the charge may not
exceed the regional fee caps for vaccine administration,
as established by the Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services. And you may
not deny vaccinations to your VFC-eligible
You can also
email the National Immunization Program or
visit the national VFC program website:
VFC website: www.cdc.gov/nip/vfc
the CDC Information Contact Center:
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