Vaccines for Children Program Frequently Asked Questions - Providers
What is the Vaccines for Children Program?
The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provides federally purchased vaccines for use by participating providers. These vaccines are administered to eligible children without vaccine cost to parents or providers. All routine childhood vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) are available through this program.
What are the benefits of participating in the VFC program?
- You will be able to provide ACIP recommended vaccines to eligible patients, including uninsured children, reducing referrals to public clinics for vaccination.
- You save money on vaccine purchasing because you will receive federally purchased vaccines covered under the program at no cost.
- You receive timely information regarding immunization recommendations through ongoing provider education.
- You may elect to receive technical assistance to help improve your vaccination rates, record keeping, vaccine handling practices, and optimization of vaccination opportunities.
Which patients are eligible?
Children, from birth through 18 years of age, who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Medicaid/QUEST eligible
- American Indian or Alaska Native
*The patient has health insurance that does not cover vaccines. These children must be referred to a federally-qualified health center or rural health clinic to receive VFC vaccine.
How can I become a Hawaii VFC provider?
Call the Hawaii VFC Program at 586-8332 or 1-800-933-4832 (toll-free). An enrollment packet with the required forms will be mailed to you.
What else do I need to know to become a Hawaii VFC provider?
After submitting completed Provider Enrollment and Provider Profile forms, the VFC program staff will conduct an initial VFC enrollment site visit at your office. The enrollment visit ensures that you and your office staff are knowledgeable about the VFC Program, have the appropriate resources to implement the VFC Program requirements, and that all of the necessary paperwork is completed.
Where can I get more information?