Chicago Vaccines for Children Program

Information regarding COVID-19

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

NEW! Watch this 1/14/21 5 minute video message from Dr. Fricchione about COVID-19 vaccine updates that will affect your practice.

 

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

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

How to register for the Chicago Health Alert Network (HAN)

VFC Eligibility

Children 18 years old and younger are eligibile 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?

Wanting to complete your annual re-enrollment requirement? 

  • At the beginning of each year, VFC providers need to re-enroll. 2021 re-enrollment will begin soon - keep an eye out for detail!

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.
  • At least two staff members from each VFC clinic must complete the training by 6/30/21.
  • 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.

Eligibility

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.

Resources

VFC News Bulletins

VFC News Bulletins

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

Digital Data Loggers (DDL's) and VTMC Cloud

APRIL 2021: DDL FLEXIBILITY COVID-19 UPDATE FROM CDC

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!

Contact Us!

VFC Program Manager:  Felicia Fredricks

VFC Vaccine Manager:  Kevin Hansen

Email:  chicagovfc@cityofchicago.org

VFC Management Unit Phone:  312-746-5385

VFC Program Contact List