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Vaccines for Children Program

Contact Information:


2 Peachtree St. NW, 13-276


Atlanta, GA 30303


800-848-3868 or 404-657-5013/5015


(fax) 800-372-3627 or 404-657-5737


gavfc@dhr.state.ga.us


 


Mission & Vision


The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is intended to help raise childhood immunization levels in the United States, especially infants and young children. This effort requires wide participation and collaboration of private healthcare providers to reach children who might not otherwise receive vaccine because of financial barriers or who might receive vaccines late because they would be referred to another setting for free vaccines.


This federally funded program supplies vaccine free of charge to participating providers. The vaccine may then be made available to children up to 19 years of age who are:



  • Medicaid Enrolled

  • Uninsured (child has no health insurance coverage)

  • Underinsured (seen in a Federally Qualified Health Center or Rural Health Center)

  • American Indian or Alaska Native

Your practice may also see children enrolled in the PeachCare for Kids Program, which is administered by the Department of Community Health (DCH). While a child enrolled in the PeachCare for Kids Program is fully insured, your office will use state-supplied vaccine for these children. All claims for vaccines administered to PeachCare for Kids participants will be filed and reimbursed through either DCH or its contracted Care Management Organizations (CMOs).


The VFC Program allows providers to immunize eligible children for a nominal administration fee. The maximum administration fee a provider may charge is $21.93 per injection. Providers may also charge an office visit fee.


Vaccines for Children FAQs - How do I enroll in the VFC Program?


 


Program Updates and Announcements


 


2013-2014 Flu Season


VFC will begin to ship flu vaccines to VFC enrolled providers beginning the week of August 12.  Please ensure you have adequate storage space that maintains appropriate temperatures to store these vaccines upon their arrival.  Providers who submitted their pre-books prior to the specified deadline will receive their vaccines as CDC allocations arrive.  Wait Listed providers will receive vaccines upon fulfillment of pre-booked providers request and sufficient CDC allocation. Links to the 2013-2014 flu Vaccine Information Statements can be found below.


The 2012-2013 Influenza Pre-Book deadline was March 30.    Fulfillment of wait listed requests will begin once 100% fulfillment of pre-booked requests (those submitted prior to the deadline) has occurred or sufficient supply to fulfill 100% of pre-booked request has been secured and allocated by CDC.  Wait listed providers should expect to begin receiving flu vaccines late September - early October. You may contact VFC to be added to the Flu Wait List by calling (404) 657-5013. For the most updated information regarding whom to vaccinate, when to vaccinate, and the dosing schedule, please go to the CDC's website dedicated to Seasonal Influenza at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/.  Live Intranasal Influenza VIS - http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flulive.html (7/26/2013) Inactivated Influenza VIA - http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html (7/26/2013).


If you have questions, please contact the VFC Program at (404) 657- 5013 or outside of metro Atlanta area at (800) 848-3868.


Georgia School Immunization Requirements


The "Summary of Georgia Immunization Requirements for Child Care & School Attendance" document has been updated. You may obtain the latest version of this document by accessing the following link:


Summary of Georgia Immunization Requirements for Child Care & School Attendance


Returning Wasted and Expired Vaccines



 


 


McKesson Shipment Resources



VFC Provider Resources



  1. CDC Storage & Handling Toolkit (November 2012)

  2. CDC Specifications Check List

  3. Refrigerator/Freezer Temperature Logs

  4. VFC Routine and Emergency Vaccine Handling Plans

  5. Handling of Vaccine During Inclement Weather Conditions

  6. Georgia Vaccine Administration Record

This form can be used in paper charts to document doses of vaccine administered; the client's VFC eligibility for that dose; and the form number of the VIS. A page is also included which is designed to document adverse reactions.



  1. VFC Equipment Requirements

  2. Vaccine Information Statements