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Vaccines For Children (VFC)

About VFC

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federal program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of an inability to pay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) buys vaccines at a discount and distributes them to state health departments, and certain local and territorial public health agencies. These agencies in turn distribute the vaccines at no charge to private physicians' offices, community health centers and public health clinics enrolled as VFC providers. Children who are eligible for VFC vaccines are entitled to receive all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). These vaccines protect babies, young children, and adolescents from 16 different diseases.

Contact the IDOH Immunization Division at immunize@isdh.in.gov or call the toll-free number at (800) 701-0704 for more information.

VFC Provider Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What are the benefits to enrolling as a VFC Provider?

    Enrollment in the VFC program allows providers to offer all recommended vaccines by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to their eligible patients. There is also a financial benefit to enrollment through reduced out-of-pocket costs to cover the cost of vaccines.

  • What are the obligations for being a VFC Provider?

    Providers who are enrolled in the VFC program must be willing to comply with all VFC program requirements, including but not limited to:

    • Performing patient eligibility screenings and documenting patient eligibility at each immunization visit.
    • Comply with the immunization schedules, dosages and contraindications as established by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
    • Maintain all VFC program records for a minimum of 3 years.
    • Follow best practices for the storage & handling and management of vaccine inventory.
    • Participate in VFC compliance visits, IQIP visits, storage and handling visits and other educational opportunities associated with the VFC program. Some of these visits may be unannounced.
    • Be accountable for all federally purchased doses that are administered.
    • Administer federally purchased vaccines to all established patients, regardless of their ability to pay the vaccine administration fee.
    • Follow all Indiana Policies and Procedures.
  • How do I enroll or disenroll as a VFC Provider?
    Enroll

    Immunization Provider Contact Request

    Email the completed form to enrollments@isdh.in.gov or fax to (317) 233-3719.

    Disenroll

    Provider Disenrollment State Form 54840