Overview

Information regarding COVID-19

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

 


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

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

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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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Office-Based Educational Handout for Influenza Vaccination.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 1.1 MB 1339
Instruction for Completing 2019 VFC Re-enrollment.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 322 KB 1581
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_111919.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 709 KB 1489
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_102319.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 811 KB 2087
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_08262019.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 801 KB 1487
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ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_06172019.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 462 KB 1484
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Chicago VFC News Bulletin_09_27_2019_FINAL.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 537 KB 2305
Chicago VFC News Bulletin_08012019.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 384 KB 2519
20190701_Vaccines_for_CHIP_Memo.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 168 KB 2596
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    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!

    Data Quality Reviews and Onboarding

    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 for our residents. Our preferred method of reporting your doses to the Immunization Registry (I-CARE) is via Health Level 7 (HL7).  HL7 is a set of international standards used to provide guidance with transferring and sharing data between various healthcare providers.   We have been asking existing providers to participate in our Data Quality Review Program by sending test patients into the I-CARE test environment to ensure that all HL7 codes including race/ethnicity are coded and transmitting correctly.  If you are interested in participating in this program, please click HERE to start the process.  We highly encourage all our Chicago VFC Programs to participate in this program. 

    If you are new provider to our VFC program, you can start the HL7 Onboarding Process by clicking HERE and welcome aboard!

    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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