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Vaccines For Children - VFC

The Vaccines for Children Program is part of the DC Department of Health Immunization Program. It is a federally funded entitlement program that provides vaccines free of charge to providers with eligible patients. The program began in 1994 and as of April 2004, currently serves approximately 93 provider sites, which in turn serve approximately 138,000 children under 18 in the District.

VFC Vaccine Eligibility

VFC vaccines are available to children 18 and under who are:

  •     Eligible for Medicaid or enrolled in Medicaid
  •     Have no health insurance
  •     Have health insurance, but it does not cover immunizations AND they must go to a Federally Qualified Health Center
  •     Native American or Alaskan Native

VFC Provider Benefits

  •     Provide necessary vaccines to uninsured and underinsured children without incurring additional vaccine costs
  •     Reduce referrals of eligible children to public clinics for vaccination
  •     Reduce your out of pocket costs by not having to buy vaccine with your own money
  •     Enhance all services you provide relative to Early Periodic Screening and Diagnostic Testing
  •     Charge an administration fee to offset your cost of doing business
  •     Receive technical assistance to help improve your vaccination rates
  •     Access the Central Immunization Registry database which provides definitive information on due and overdue immunizations and immunization histories

Become a VFC Provider

You can enroll by:

  •     Requesting a provider enrollment packet through the VFC Program at (202) 576-7130 ext. 43 or download and print forms [PDF]
  •     Completing and returning the enrollment form, which lists the requirements for participation
  •     Returning the provider profile to ensure you receive the amount of vaccine needed for your office
  •     Receiving training on VFC requirements once enrolled

Requirements for Participation

By participating in the VFC Program, you agree to:

  •     Screen all children for eligibility
  •     Submit documentation to the VFC program for each vaccine dose administered
  •     Follow the recommended immunization schedule established by the ACIP, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy  of Family Practitioners and state law except where medically contraindicated
  •     Not to charge for VFC-supplied vaccine
  •     Provide vaccine information materials as prescribed by law
  •     Complete the Provider Profile and Enrollment form
  •     Allow VFC staff access to your practice for technical assistance and program review

 

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