Vaccines for Children Program (VFC)

The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. 


Children through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible to receive VFC vaccine:

  • Medicaid eligible: A child who is eligible for the Medicaid program
  • Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Underinsured: A child who has commercial (private) health insurance but the coverage does not include vaccines, a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (VFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only), or a child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount. Once that coverage amount is reached, the child is categorized as underinsured

Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC vaccines.