The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay.
This federally funded program helps families by providing vaccines at no cost to enrolled public and private medical practices - who then can offer them at no charge to qualified patients (birth through age 18). This allows providers to make all routine pediatric vaccines available to eligible children without high out-of-pocket costs.
To be eligible for VFC, a child must fit one of these categories:
- Enrolled in Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan
- American Indian/Alaskan Native
Children whose health insurance policies do not cover some or all vaccines, or only cover vaccines until a child reaches a certain age (i.e. considered “underinsured”), may receive no cost immunizations at public sites such as county health department clinics and clinics that are designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or a Rural Health Clinic (RHC).
Providers must enroll to participate in the VFC program. Instructions for both public and private providers can be found here.
Managing Short-dated Vaccine
Steps to managing short-dated publicly supplied vaccine
How to order vaccine
VFC providers must be recertified annually.
Oregon AFIX is a process designed to give providers specific information about the immunization rates and practices in their clinic. For more information, contact your health educator at (971) 673-0300.
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