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Vaccines for Children Program

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The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally-funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of an inability to pay. It is based on an unprecedented approach to improving vaccine availability nationwide - making federally purchased vaccine available to both public and private immunization providers.

  • The program was officially implemented in October 1994 as part of the President’s Childhood Immunization Initiative.
  • The VFC program, as a component of each state’s medical assistance plan, is a Title XIX Medicaid program.
  • VFC covers vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
  • Medicaid-eligible children and those providers who provide care to the Medicaid population (i.e., Medicaid providers) represent the majority of VFC federal vaccine-eligible children and VFC providers.
  • It also includes other VFC program-enrolled providers and the other VFC-eligible children who qualify.

Please read the VFC Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more.

See the new VFC Information for Providers Brochure to learn more about how the VFC program works, who can be a provider, and how to sign up.

Giving Vaccines

Please visit the Provider Portal to access resources for new and existing providers, such as:

  • New Provider Information and Enrollment Forms
  • Provider Re-Enrollment Forms and Information
  • Program FAQ for Providers
  • Provider Forms and Instructions

Getting Vaccines

Please visit the Patient Portal to access resources for parents and patients, such as:

  • Immunization Schedules
  • Program FAQ for Parents and Patients
  • Getting Your Shot Records
  • Immunization Exemption Form