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Vaccines for CHIP-Eligible Children Can Once Again Be Ordered through the VFC Program
Posted on: 7/15/2019

Health care professionals who treat children covered under the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can once again obtain vaccines through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program without having to buy vaccines from private sources at market cost and be reimbursed later.

In 2016, the VFC and CHIP programs were separated and it was no longer possible for children’s vaccines covered by CHIP to be ordered through the VFC program.

Under the Pritzker administration, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) worked together to rejoin the programs so that all children in Illinois will be able to receive needed vaccines.


The VFC program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. Vaccines are distributed without charge to private physicians’ offices and public health clinics that are registered as VFC providers.

This policy change will help ensure vaccines are more readily available for low-income children.

Read IDPH’s news release.

Questions? Contact the ISMS advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767, ext. 1470, or by sending an email.

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