VFC was established in 1994 by President Clinton's Childhood Immunization Initiative and passage of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. The program is designed to allow children, zero through 18 years of age, to receive free vaccine. Eligible children include those who receive Medicaid, Native Americans or Alaskan Natives, and children who have health insurance but immunizations are not covered. These children must be referred to a Federally Qualified Health Center, Community/Rural Health Center, or Public Health to receive their immunizations.
This program promotes the creation of a medical home for children by enticing private provider participation. It can also reduce referrals to public health clinics and help raise awareness of childhood immunizations.
Health care providers may receive VFC vaccine and administer this vaccine at no charge if they are willing to enroll in the program and agree to follow the ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedule. There is no fee for enrolling and the provider is allowed to charge a $10 administration fee per vaccine IF the parent is able to pay-otherwise the provider must agree to administer the vaccine at no cost. Providers may also elect to bill clients for a separate office visit. For any child who is Medicaid eligible, the provider must bill Medicaid for the administration fee. This fee is reimbursed in ADDITION to the reimbursement for the office visit--it does not replace it.
Currently, the Immunization Program has enrolled approximately 250 private health care providers into the Mississippi VFC Program. To enroll as a provider, please contct the Division of Immunization, telephone number (601)576-7751 or 1-800-634-9258.