vaccines for children (VFC) program
We care about your family’s health and safety, and we want to monitor your child’s development to ensure that important milestones are met. Keeping up to date on immunizations and well-visits is critical to your child’s overall health and wellbeing.
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. This helps ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on schedule. Vaccines available through the VFC Program are those recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). These vaccines protect babies, young children, and adolescents from 16 diseases.
Funding for the VFC program is approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and allocated through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC buys vaccines at a discount and distributes them to grantees—i.e., state health departments and certain local and territorial public health agencies—which in turn distribute them at no charge to those private physicians’ offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers.
For children ages 2 and under, it is especially important to maintain regularly scheduled well-child checkup appointments and stay up-to-date on immunizations despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Well-child visits and vaccinations for young children are necessary to monitor early growth and help them build immunity to preventable diseases.
If your child is behind on vaccinations or is due for a vaccine soon, please call our office to schedule an appointment. If you are unsure if your child is up to date or in need of a vaccine, please call 888-710-8220 and ask our office staff to check their record.
Children over the age of 2 should also plan to come into the office for well-child visits so that the full range of services can be provided. Telemedicine may be an option for some parts of the well-child visit in special circumstances.
Frequently asked questions
Who is eligible?
A child is eligible for the VFC Program if he or she is younger than 19 years of age and is one of the following:
- American Indian or Alaska Native
Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC vaccines, even when a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan’s deductible had not been met.
Where can I go to get my child vaccinated?
My Kids Pediatric Clinic and Healthy Connections Community Health Network are VFC providers. Call us at 888-710-8220 to schedule your appointment.
How much will I have to pay?
All routinely recommended vaccines are free through the VFC Program. Some additional fees for office visits may not be covered under the VFC Program.
Where can I get more information?
Call us at 888-710-8220.