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Vaccines for Children (VFC)
2013-2014 VFC Influenza Vaccines Now Available in ASIIS/VOMS
The 2013-2014 VFC Influenza vaccines are now available and ready to order in ASIIS/VOMS. Please be sure to select the appropriate order set from the 'Order Set' drop down menu which is located below the comments section on your order screen in ASIIS/VOMS. NOTE: None of your vaccines will appear on the order screen until you have selected one of the order sets.
Influenza vaccine orders will not be approved without current temperature logs. Please submit temperature logs to the Vaccine Center up to the day before the order is placed. For example, if you place your order on Tuesday, August 13, temperature logs should be completed up to Monday, August 12. ASIIS/VOMS will also require you to reconcile your current inventory before an order can be placed. For all subsequent orders placed for influenza vaccines, providers must report doses administered, reconcile all VFC inventory and submit current temperature logs.
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 inability to pay. The program was officially implemented in October 1994 as part of the President’s Childhood Immunization Initiative. Funding for the VFC Program allows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to buy vaccines at a discount from the manufacturers and distribute them to state health departments and certain local and territorial public health agencies, which in turn distribute them at no charge to private physician offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers.
*Excerpted from the Federal VFC Operations Guide
Eligibility Criteria Include:
Children birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria on the day the vaccine is administered are eligible to receive VFC vaccine:
- Medicaid eligible: In Arizona, children whose health insurance is covered by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS )
- Un-insured: A child who has no health insurance coverage
- American Indian or Alaska Native: As defined by the Indian Health Services Act
- A child who has commercial (private) health insurance but the coverage does not include vaccines,
- A child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (VFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only),
- A child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount. Once that coverage amount is reached, the child is categorized as underinsured and is eligible to receive VFC vaccines.
*As of July 1, 2013, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Rural Health Centers (RHC), County Health Departments and approved deputized providers are allowed to serve the VFC eligibility category of Underinsured. All other providers will only be allowed to serve the VFC eligibility categories of Medicaid, Un-insured, and American Indian/Alaskan Native. There are also no changes to providers ability to serve KidsCare children.
VFC Provider Enrollment
Enrollment in the Arizona VFC Program is simple. Interested health care providers should call the VFC office at (602) 364-3642 to obtain a new provider enrollment packet, complete the included forms and mail or fax them to the Vaccine Center.