Vaccines for Children Program

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program was created to remove vaccine costs as a barrier and in response to the private medical community's vital role in serving the immunizations needs of our youngest citizens. The Alabama VFC Program will supply vaccine at no cost to public and private health care providers who enroll and agree to immunize eligible children in their practices or clinics.

Children from birth through 18 years of age eligible to receive free vaccine through this program include children who are:

  • Medicaid enrolled
  • Uninsured
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Under-insured*

* Children who have health insurance that does not include vaccine as a covered benefit may receive free vaccine through the VFC Program from a federally qualified health center or a rural health clinic.

VFC Provider Benefits

Benefits include the following:

  • Ensure your patients get vaccinated on time.
  • Control who you see in your practice.
  • No fee caps are set on the office visit charge, only administration fee.

Updated 2017 General Best Practices for Immunization

Enrollment/Re-enrollment

VFC Provider Policies

  • VFC Vaccine Replacement Policy (April 2018)
    Unfortunately, eight VFC providers have had to replace VFC vaccine ranging from $5,000-$52,000 due to:
    1.  Improper storage transported vaccine during an emergency situation without properly packing the vaccine. (Storage and handling mistakes by provider staff)
    2.  Improper storage and not having the required back-up thermometer. (Failure to maintain a primary and back-up certified calibrated digital data logger (DDL) defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and VFC guidelines.)
    3.  Improper storage and not checking refrigerator temperatures. (Storage and handling mistakes by provider staff)
    4.  Improper storage in a unapproved refrigeration unit. (Not using proper refrigeration unit)
    5.  Improper storage of vaccine. (Storage and handling mistakes by provider staff)
    6.  Improper storage of vaccine. (Storage and handling mistakes by provider staff)
    7.  Expired vaccine which exceeded their annual wastage allowance (5%)
    8.  Improper storage of vaccine (Storage and handling mistakes by provider staff)

  • VFC Fraud, Abuse, and Wastage Policy
  • Borrowing Policy
  • School Based Vaccine Clinic Policy

Vaccine Ordering/Returns

General Resources

CDC and Other Provider Resources

VFC Adolescent Vaccine Campaign

The Alabama VFC Program is pleased to announce the VFC Adolescent Vaccine Campaign. Our goal is to increase parental, community, and provider awareness and education regarding recommended adolescent vaccinations for 11-12 year olds: meningococcal, Tdap, and HPV. For more information about these vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit the CDC Pre-teen and Adolescent Immunization website.

For information about the laws that created the VFC Program, visit the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.





Page last updated: September 26, 2018