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Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program
The Florida VFC Program provides vaccines to children 0 through 18 years of age who meet program eligibility at no cost to the parent/guardian. It supports the Immunization Section's commitment to vaccinate all children. This valuable program allows providers to make routine immunizations available to eligible children without out-of-pocket expenses to the parent/guardian.What are the benefits of the VFC Program?
How it Works
What are the benefits of the VFC Program?
- Reduces vaccine cost as a barrier to vaccinating VFC Program-eligible children at the right time with the right vaccine.
- Provides children with necessary vaccines, regardless of their parents’ financial status.
- Eliminates the need to refer children to public clinics for vaccinations and risk loss of continuity of care.
- Continues or maintains the provider’s present system of purchasing vaccines for private-paying patients. Participation in the VFC Program does not impact private vaccine purchase.
How it Works
The VFC Program is a federal program administered and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The VFC Program purchases the vaccines and supplies them to enrolled VFC Program providers at no cost. Enrolled VFC Program providers are able to order vaccines through their state VFC Program and receive routine vaccines at no cost.
The Florida VFC Program began in 1994. It distributes over $200 million worth of vaccines annually to private physicians, hospitals, and other public and private health care providers throughout the state. The VFC Program represents an unprecedented approach to improving vaccine availability nationwide by making federally-purchased vaccine available to both public and private immunization providers. The program has succeeded in raising immunization coverage rates among high-risk children and reducing disparities in access to health care. The VFC Program has also helped reduce physician referrals for immunizations to public clinics.