Information regarding COVID-19

Please refer to the COVID-19 tab of the HAN page (above) for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.


to the Chicago VFC Health Alert Network (HAN) page!

This is your one-stop-shop for information, resources,
VFC policies, and frequently-requested paperwork.

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VFC Eligibility Basics

Children 18 years old and younger are eligible for VFC vaccine if they are one or more of the following:

  • Medicaid eligible

  • Uninsured

  • American Indian or Alaska Native

  • Underinsured (i.e. health insurance doesn't cover immunization) - only at FQHC's and CDPH's walk-in clinics

How to use MEDI to determine VFC eligibility

VFC Program Enrollment & Annual Re-Enrollment

Know another provider interested in the VFC program?

Share this VFC recruitment flier with them!

Wanting to complete your annual re-enrollment requirement? 

  • For additional guidance on updating your yearly staff training please click here.
  • For additional guidance on updating your VFC appliances and data logger certification please click here (Attach VFC Appliance instructions)
  • At the beginning of each year, VFC providers need to re-enroll. 
  • For Step by step guidance on how to complete the 2022 Re-enrollment please follow the PDF guidance attached here.

Looking to register for the annual required VFC Regional Meetings?

  • The Chicago VFC Regional Meeting webinars will be available in a virtual webinar format this year in June.
  • More detail is forthcoming. Please direct any questions to chicagovfc@cityofchicago.org.

CHIP Vaccine Information


VFC Guidance for the CHIP Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.



The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) serves uninsured children up to age 19 in families with incomes too high to qualify them for Medicaid. States have broad discretion in setting their income eligibility standards, and eligibility varies across states.

For more detailed information please click here.

VFC News Bulletins

The VFC News Bulletin is a monthly bulletin that provides healthcare providers with most current information regarding the Chicago Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.

VFC News Bulletins

Explore current and past versions of the VFC News Bulletins here.

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    Digital Data Loggers (DDL'S) And VTMC Cloud


    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for DDL's has soared while supply has remained limited. CDC understands this and is extending temporary flexibilities to providers who need assistance until supplies increase. Check this document for detail on what to do if your DDL has passed its recalibration date or isn't functioning properly. 

    DDL Information

    Cloud Information

    I-CARE Basics 

    I-CARE How-To Guides


    I-CARE is Illinois' immunization registry - please input vaccinations for all your patients, not just those in the VFC program!

    Data Exchange and HL7 Onboarding

    Health Level Seven (HL7) is a set of international standards used to provide guidance with transferring and sharing data between various healthcare providers. Most Chicago VFC Providers communicate their immunization administration data via their EMR using a secure HL7 Connection.  This is our preferred method to report your doses to the Immunization Registry (I-CARE). Please see below for more resources and onboarding instructions.

    Benefits of HL7
    • Helps in creating an electronic health record which facilitates easy communication between systems and healthcare providers.
    • Enables the exchange of information securely, using a standardized format.
    • Allows easy communication between 2 or more systems.
    If your clinic is not currently transmitting data to I-CARE using HL7 and would like to participate in this exchange, please visit our HL7 onboarding survey to start the process today.   

    For more resources on how to connect your system to I-CARE uses HL7 please click here I-CARE HL7.

    For guidance on improving the quality of data sent to the immunization registry, please click here CDPH "I-CARE" Data Quality Best Practices.

    VFC Contacts

    VFC Vaccine Manager:  Kevin Hansen

    Email: chicagovfc@cityofchicago.org

    VFC Management Unit Phone:312-746-5385

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