The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. Here at ADHS, we partner with CDC to distribute these vaccines to nearly 900 private vaccine providers and public health clinics throughout the state. Maintaining this network of vaccine providers is critical to protecting the public health of all Arizonans, by ensuring that all children have the opportunity to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
This is a busy time of year for our Arizona Immunization Program Office. In addition to processing routine vaccine orders from our VFC providers, and processing orders for influenza vaccine (it’s not too late to get your flu shot!), staff are also supporting VFC providers in their annual enrollment. The December 18th reenrollment deadline is fast approaching. Participation in the VFC Program requires vaccine providers to follow specific rules and regulations. Our VFC Representatives visit vaccine provider offices throughout the year to monitor compliance with program regulations and offer technical assistance and support. Arizona VFC providers are critical partners in keeping Arizona children, families, and communities healthy and we appreciate their participation in this important program.