Vaccines for Children
Vaccines for Children (VFC) is a federally-funded nationwide program available in Colorado that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. Childhood and adolescent vaccines are provided at no cost to providers enrolled in the program, who can then offer the free vaccine to qualified children. Eligible children can receive any vaccines recommended by the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Your child is eligible for VFC vaccine if it is before his or her 19th birthday, and if he or she is one of the following:
- American Indian or Alaska Native
- Underinsured (Underinsured children are only eligible for VFC vaccines through Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.)
Contact your doctor to see whether he or she participates in the Colorado VFC program. If your health care provider is a participant, he or she can help you determine whether you qualify for this program.
If your doctor isn't a VFC participant or if you don't have a doctor, contact the local public health agency in the county where you live. All local public health agencies in Colorado participate in the VFC program and can serve any child who qualifies. The Colorado Immunization Branch at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has more information about school immunization requirements and VFC providers in your area. Contact the Colorado Immunization Branch with any questions you have about immunizations.