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Frequently Asked Questions

California Vaccines for Adults Program/317

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The California Vaccines for Adults (VFA) program was created by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to increase adult vaccination rates and decrease disparities in immunization coverage by:

  • Providing no-cost vaccine for uninsured or underinsured adults 19 years of age and older to eligible* California health centers
    • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
    • FQHC Look-Alikes
    • Rural Health Centers (RHCs)
    • Tribal Health Centers
    • Indian Health Services (IHS) Centers
    • Community Health Centers (CHCs)
  • ​Assisting centers participating in the program in integrating the standards for adult immunization practice (ARAD – Assess, Recommend, Administer, Document) into routine clinical care.

VFA program vaccines are purchased with limited federal funds called Section 317 funds and are referred to as 317-funded VFA vaccines. Most vaccines routinely recommended for adults by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) are available through the program.

Year 6 of the program runs from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. The program will be extended and will open enrollment to eligible providers as funding permits. The VFA program is not currently accepting applications for enrollment at this time. A notification will be given to eligible providers when program enrollment re-opens. Please check back periodically for updates. Clinics may continue using VFA vaccines for eligible adults through each vaccine’s expiration date.

* To be eligible to participate in the VFA program, providers must:

  • Have active participation in the California Vaccines for Children (VFC) program;
  • Have experience providing a safety net for uninsured and underinsured adults; and
  • Be enrolled in the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) or Healthy Futures.

In order to participate in the VFA program, organizations must agree to comply with program requirements outlined below:

If you are currently enrolled in the VFA program and no longer able to meet the program requirements, please complete the request to disenroll form and submit the form to your field representative.

Program operation requirements of particular importance are the following:

PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS 

By enrolling in the program, organizations agree to implement activities, processes and workflows in support of the program’s goals to increase adult vaccination rates and decrease disparities in immunization coverage by providing no-cost vaccine to their eligible adult patients and integrating the standards for adult immunization practice into routine clinical care. All providers must adhere to the programmatic requirements outlined below.

Show Vaccine-related Charges, including Fees for Administering (Injecting) Vaccines

Show Ordering

Show Recertification and Reporting

Show Administration and Vaccine Refusal Documentation

Show Staff Training

Show Eligibility Documentation

Show Vaccine Transfer

Show Short-dated Vaccine

Show Vaccine Accountability

More: California VFA Resources