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 Frequently Asked Questions - How do I enroll in the VFC Program?
- Program Updates and Announcements
2014-2015 Flu Season
VFC began shipping flu vaccines to VFC enrolled providers the week of August 11. 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 20143-2015 flu Vaccine Information Statements can be found below.
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 (8/19/2014) Inactivated Influenza VIA - http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html (8/19/2014).
If you have questions, please contact the VFC Program at (404) 657- 5013 or outside of metro Atlanta area at (800) 848-3868
7th Grade School Entry Requirements
Effective July 1, 2014, The Georgia Department of Public Health rule 511-2-2 requires children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade, and children who are "new entrants" into eighth through twelfth grades must have one dose of Tdap vaccine AND one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV4). For additional information, brochures and flyers please contact the Georgia Immunization Office at 404-657-3158.
Back to school vaccinations are a great opportunity to increase HPV coverage in your patient population. HPV vaccine is underutilized in Georgia despite documented evidence of its safety and effectiveness. Studies show that the healthcare provider recommendation is the single best predictor of vaccination. A half-hearted recommendation to a patient may result in the patient leaving your practice unvaccinated, and may cause the patient to believe that HPV vaccine is not as important as other adolescent vaccines..
Providers in need of additional doses in preparation for the upcoming school rush should contact VFC by calling the main line or by sending your request via email to DPHemail@example.com. Additional orders will be allowed up to 100 doses over the amount listed on the report as doses presumed needed. High volume providers (as defined by VFC) will be allowed to order up to 200 additional doses over those listed to ship on the monthly report.
Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231)
Healthcare providers that utilize their own health information or practice management systems to generate the Certificate of Immunization (Form 3231) will be required to update their systems to produce the new ‘Form 3231’, which has a revision date of July 2014. Please contact the GRITS Helpline at 1-866-483-2958 for further information on training or technical assistance.
VFC Storage and Handling Provider Resources
- CDC Storage and Handling Toolkit (May 2014)
- CDC Specifications Check List for Digital Continuous Recording Thermometers
- Refrigerator and Freezer Buying Guide
- Refrigerator/Freezer Temperature Logs
- VFC Equipment Requirements
- VFC Routine and Emergency Vaccine Handling Plans
- Handling of Vaccine During Inclement Weather Conditions
- Vaccine Information Statements
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Atlanta, GA 30303
800-848-3868 or 404-657-5013/5015
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