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Vaccines for Children (VFC)
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.
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.