VACCINES FOR CHILDREN (VFC) PROGRAM
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program helps provide vaccines to all West Virginia children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. This helps ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on schedule. These vaccines protect babies, young children, and adolescents from 16 diseases.
Vaccines available through the VFC program are those recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Your child is eligible for the VFC program if he or she is younger than 19 years of age and is one of the following: Medicaid-eligible, Uninsured, Underinsured, American Indian or Alaska Native.
WOCHD CHILDHOOD VACCINATION REFERRAL
Children can be vaccinated through the WOCHD, using state vaccine, through a referral from a private provider’s (physician) office. Children who are in need of one or more vaccinations, have some form of private health insurance and are not eligible for VFC can be referred to the WOCHD for vaccination.
Physician offices or providers that do not purchase or maintain a supply of vaccines for patients with insurance, or if a patient’s insurance does not cover the cost of any or some vaccines can be vaccinated at the WOCHD. In additional, physician offices or providers who cannot provide an appointment to a patient for a required vaccination before the state of the school year can refer patients to the WOCHD for vaccinations.
A Patient Referral Form needs to be provided to the WOCHD for the child or patient that is in need of vaccinations.