Overview

Information Regarding the Commercialization of COVID-19 Vaccines.

Please refer to this flyer or 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

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? 
 

  • 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 2023 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.

VFCInfo Documents

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VFC_November_Newsletter_11102022.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 4.7 MB 491
VFC News Bulletin_041922.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 811 KB 37670
SignupCOVID19VaxProvdr_101221.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 170 KB 50874
September_VFC_News_Bulletin.pdf.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 1.8 MB 16203
Office-Based Educational Handout for Influenza Vaccination.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 1.1 MB 41860
October VFC Newsletter.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 3.7 MB 802
NovemberVFCNewsletter.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 2.6 MB 6566
January VFC Newsletter FINAL.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 2.1 MB 4446
Instructions for Removing Expired Vaccines from Inventory (002) (1).pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 771 KB 39755
Instruction for Completing 2019 VFC Re-enrollment.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 322 KB 41911
HAN_PH_final_043020.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 141 KB 50149
HAN_COVID_outpatientupdate_050520.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 232 KB 41049
December2023VFCNewsletter.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 3.7 MB 479
ChicagoVFC_NB_nCoV_01242020.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 377 KB 41164
ChicagoVFC_NB_8_14_20.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 1.3 MB 41250
ChicagoVFC_NB_101221_FINAL.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 531 KB 41756
ChicagoVFC_ NB_06142021.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 1.3 MB 41993
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_6_2_20_FINAL.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 901 KB 41783
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_6_17_20_FINAL.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 367 KB 41880
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_6_11_20_FINAL.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 699 KB 41984
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ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_3_20_20_FINAL.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 544 KB 42039
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ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_12_15_20.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 301 KB 41010
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_11212018.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 536 KB 43307
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_111919.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 709 KB 42063
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ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_102319.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 811 KB 41583
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_08262019.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 801 KB 40990
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_08152023.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 3.7 MB 1734
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_08.29.2018.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 813 KB 43080
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_07172023.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 2.8 MB 13777
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_07022019.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 334 KB 41539
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_06212023.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 2.2 MB 18745
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_06172019.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 462 KB 41998
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_06032019.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 651 KB 41355
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_06.04.2018_FINAL.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 541 KB 42654
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_05172023.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 2.1 MB 19489
ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_05042018.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 443 KB 42423
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ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_04262018.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 498 KB 42900
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ChicagoVFCNewsBulletin_0312019.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 773 KB 41096
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ChicagoVFCNews Bulletin_01242019.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 1.3 MB 40691
ChicagoVFCBulletin_04032018.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 529 KB 43168
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Chicago VFC News Bulletin_VFC Training 2022 Final.pdf (Opens New Window)(Opens New Window) 191 KB 44737
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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. 

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    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!

    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!

    Onboarding Guide
    Readiness Checklist

    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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