The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program Q&A:
The program offers vaccines requried for day care of school for those under 19 at no cost for eligible children through VFC-enrolled doctors. Their is an administration fee of $14.75 per injection. There is no charge to the qualifying child for the vaccine itself.
Vaccinating on time means healthier children, families and communities.
Q: Which children are eligible?
A: Children through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible to receive VFC vaccine:
1. Medicaid eligible: A child who is eligible for the Medicaid program. (For the purposes of the VFC program, the terms “Medicaid-eligible” and “Medicaid-enrolled” are equivalent and refer to children who have health insurance covered by a state Medicaid program)
2. Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverageAmerican Indian or Alaska Native: As defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603)
3. Underinsured Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC vaccines, even when a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan’s deductible had not been met.