Why Join and How to Become a VFC Provider
A: Consider the following:
- It will enhance your ability to provide government purchased vaccine to your eligible patients and reduces your out of pocket costs.
- You can provide all ACIP-recommended vaccines to your eligible patients.
- It will enhance services you provide to populations receiving EPSDT.
- Any provider authorized to prescribe vaccines under your state law can be a VFC Provider.
- Over the past decade, both general and immunization specific pediatric “best practices” have included the administering of a child’s immunizations in their medical home (their regular source of primary care).
A: Follow these steps:
- First, contact your State/Territory VFC Program Coordinator.
- Ask for a Provider Enrollment Package to be mailed to you.
- Complete the States Provider Enrollment form and return them as soon as possible.
- Prepare your office and staff for a site visit to go over the administrative requirements of the program and to ensure proper storage and handling of vaccines when you receive them.
- Let your patients know you are now a VFC Provider.
A: Yes, specifically:
- VFC allows you to charge an administrative fee to offset your costs of doing business.
- Participating in VFC reduces your out of pocket costs because you don’t have to buy vaccine for your eligible patients with your own money.
- VFC will save your eligible patients money because the vaccines are provided at no cost.
Page last reviewed: December 17, 2014
Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases