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Frequently Asked Questions

California Vaccines for Adults Program/317


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
  • ​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 funding 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 VFA Program.

VFA is not enrolling new providers at this time. Year 4 of the VFA program runs from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The VFA program will be extended and will open enrollment to eligible providers as funding permits. Check this page for updates. Clinics may continue using the 317-funded VFA vaccines for eligible adults through each vaccine’s expiration date.

* For the purpose of participation in the VFA program, eligibility is defined as:

  • Active or past participation in the California Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program;
  • Experience providing a safety net for uninsured and underinsured adults;
  • Current enrollment in the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) or a local immunization information system (e.g., SDIR or Healthy Futures)

In order to participate in the VFA program, organizations must agree to comply with program requirements outlined in the current Vaccines for Adults Program Provider Agreement, the VFA Program Participation Requirements at a Glance, the VFA Program Implementation and Evaluation Requirements (see below), and the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program Provider Agreement Addendum. 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 to your Local VFC Field Representative.

Program operation requirements of particular importance are the following:


By enrolling in the VFA 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 VFA providers must adhere to the programmatic requirements outlined below for the term referred to as VFA Year 4, regardless of the date of their enrollment in the VFA program.

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 Vaccines Transfers

Show Short-dated VFA Vaccine

Show Vaccine Accountability

More: California VFA Resources