Overview

Information Regarding the Commercialization of COVID-19 Vaccines.

Please go to this website to sign up for COVID-19 Vaccine Training and stay up-to-date on the commercialization of COVID-19 vaccines.

 


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.

Stay up to dateHow to register for the HAN

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

How to Become a new VFC Provider
VFC Provider Agreement
VFC Provider Profile Form

2024 VFC Manual
The VFC Manual is a living document and any edits/additions will be made as needed.

VFC Program 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? 

  • At the beginning of each year, VFC providers need to re-enroll.
  • 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 2024 Re-enrollment please follow the PDF guidance attached here.

CHIP Vaccine Information

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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.

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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.

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.

Documents and Media

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Digital Data Loggers (DDL's) and Cloud Services

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
 


VFC400 Cloud Information


VFC311 Digital Data Logger Installation and Usage 
 

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!

HL7 Onboarding, Migration, & Data Quality

As part of our public health effort, there is an ongoing focus on data and data quality so that we can make the most informed decisions for the communities we serve. As a result, IDPH & CDPH have collaborated to create a new data quality work group.   Our mission is to ensure that we have the most accurate and up to date immunization records for all our Illinois residents.  The preferred method of reporting your doses to the Immunization Information System (I-CARE) is via HL7 connection.  HL7 is a set of international standards used to provide guidance with transferring and sharing data between various healthcare providers.  Existing providers are encouraged to participate in our Data Quality Review to review the quality of data that their provider site is currently submitting.   We highly encourage all our Chicago VFC and Bridge Access Program providers to participate in this program.  You can start this process by clicking HERE!

If you are a new provider to our VFC or Bridge Access Program OR an existing provider and are migrating to a new EMR service, please click HERE to start the Onboarding Process.  We have included links below to our Onboarding Guide and Readiness Checklist.

Onboarding Guide
Readiness Checklist
Bi-Directional

I-CARE Training Videos

VFC Contacts

VFC Vaccine Manager:  Kevin Hansen

Email: chicagovfc@cityofchicago.org

VFC Management Unit Phone:312-746-5385

VFC Program Contact List

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