Vaccines for Children Program (VFC)
The Chicago Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program supplies all routine childhood vaccines to enrolled public and private providers. Designed to remove cost as a barrier to vaccination, the Chicago VFC program allows physicians to provide free vaccines to children 18 years old and younger who are:
- Medicaid eligible
- American Indian or Alaska Native
- Underinsured (children who have health insurance that does not cover immunizations)
Although many VFC providers are Medicaid providers, there is no requirement to enroll in the Medicaid program to become a VFC provider.
Chicago VFC Program:
- Automatically covers vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
- Saves physicians and parents out-of-pocket expenses for vaccines.
- Discourages the practice of referring children from the private sector to the public sector for vaccination, keeping children in their medical home for better health care.