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How to Order VFC Vaccines Online


Enrolled Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers must complete the necessary Pennsylvania Statewide Immunization Information System (PA-SIIS) Online vaccine ordering training by clicking the link below:


The person responsible for VFC Vaccine ordering must contact PA-SIIS staff at 877-774-4748 in order to receive PA SIIS logon/password credentials and the “PA-SIIS Vaccine Ordering Booklet”.


You are now ready to log onto the PA-SIIS Online Vaccine Ordering Website at


·         Confirm practice site information. Especially “Shipping Address” and “Delivery Times”, orders will not be processed if missing.


·         Select Report screen and generate vaccine inventory report.


·         Take printed report to vaccine refrigeration unit(s) for use in documenting current VFC vaccine inventory on hand.


·         Reconcile inventory


·         Order vaccines at the Add New Order screen


·         When vaccine shipment arrives access the Receive Shipment screen.


Please make use of your current Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) calendar to determine your facility’s ordering frequency.


If you have any questions, please contact the PA-SIIS by telephone at 877-774-4748.


Electronic Medical Records Information
PA VFC facilities looking for a list of electronic medical records vendor applications that support VFC requirements, which include the doses administered, current inventory, lot number and VFC eligibility status, should contact the Pennsylvania Regional Extension & Assistance Center for HIT (PA REACH) by calling: 877-725-9998. Discover if your practice is eligible to receive free electronic medical records vendor assistance.

OIG Vaccine Management Report: Q&A 

VFC Overview:

The Pennsylvania Department of Health's Vaccines for Children ( VFC ) Program provides vaccines to children who do not have health insurance. Children who are insured but whose insurance does not cover immunizations (underinsured) are also eligible to receive federally funded vaccines at public sites, including Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics. The goal of this federally funded program is to improve vaccine availability nationwide by providing vaccines at no cost to VFC -eligible children through public and private providers enrolled in the program. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1993 created the VFC program. Pennsylvania began its VFC program in October 1994. 

The VFC supplies federally purchased free vaccines for immunizing eligible children in public and private practices - at no cost to participating private health care providers. Approximately 60 percent of U.S. children may be expected to benefit from the VFC Program. 

The VFC program provides publicly purchased vaccines for children birth through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria are considered federally vaccine-eligible and therefore eligible to participate in the VFC program: 

Medicaid eligible : a child who is eligible for the Medicaid program.  (For the purposes of the VFC program the terms Medicaid-eligible and Medicaid-enrolled are equivalent and refer to children who have health insurance covered by a state Medicaid program) 

Uninsured : a child who has no health insurance coverage 

Indian (American Indian or Alaska Native) : as defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603) 

Underinsured : Children who have commercial (private) health insurance but the coverage does not include vaccines, children whose insurance covers only selected vaccines( VFC - eligible for non-covered vaccines only), or children whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount-- once that coverage amount is reached, these children are categorized as underinsured.

Underinsured children are eligible to receive VFC vaccine only through a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC). 
Please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) to obtain the names and addresses of the public providers in your area.

The VFC program removes vaccine cost as a barrier to immunization for eligible children, reduces referrals of children to public clinics for immunization, and facilitates their return to their private medical home for comprehensive care. The program provides a source of funding for a large percentage of our nation's children and will promote implementation of new vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The VFC program saves parents and enrolled providers more than $1184.61 per child in out-of-pocket expenses for vaccine. 

The VFC program also saves state funds. Prior to VFC , private physicians in Pennsylvania purchased vaccines for Medicaid-eligible children at private market prices and passed these costs on to the state. Now, vaccines are purchased at the lower federal contract price and are distributed to private providers for administration to VFC -eligible children. VFC represents an unprecedented approach to combine the efforts of public and private providers to help accomplish and sustain vaccine coverage goals for both today and tomorrow. For more about the VFC program, visit the CDC's Web site

The Public 

At this site, you will find information on the following: 
         -  The importance of immunizations  
         -  How the PA VFC Program may be able to help your child 
         -  School Immunization Requirements 
         -  Immunization requirements in a child care setting 
         -  Reliable information about vaccine safety 

Immunization Providers 

At this site, you will find information on the following:  
         -  PA VFC Program guidelines and requirements  
         -  PA VFC forms and instructions for their use 
         -  Information related to provider responsibilities 
         -  Latest PA VFC news           

To enroll in the PA VFC Program, please contact the PA VFC Line at 888-646-6864. 

Philadelphia County only - Visit Philadelphia Vaccines for Children Program for more information. 

VFC Training:

VFC Links

-Vaccines For Children (VFC) Handbook

-Economic Order Quantity


VFC Provider Training

Pennsylvania Vaccines For Children Provider Training

VFC Newsletters

Summer 2010        Fall 2010         Winter 2010           Spring 2011               Summer 2011 

Fall 2011           Winter 2011     Spring 2012         Summer 2012             Fall 2012

VFC Online Vaccine Ordering Training

February 2013 Training Video: Using the PA-SIIS for Vaccine Ordering and Receiving Electronic Inventory Shipment 

 VFC Training Videos

VFC Provider Site Profile Enrollment Form  


VFC Flu Ordering Form Video 


PA SIIS Training Video


Immunization Links

  • Vaccine Manufacturers                

Medimmune -


Telephone - 1-877-633-4411   

            Merck -


Telephone - 1-800-Merck-90 (1-800-637-2590) 


Telephone - 1-800-982-7482 (Varicella line only) 

Novartis Vaccines - 

Telephone – 1-800-244-7668


Sanofi Pasteur - 
                  Telephone - 1-800-VACCINE  (1-800-822-2463)

                  Pfizer (formerly Wyeth Vaccines) 


Telephone - 1-800-395-9938


VFC Influenza Information

Influenza Order Form

Influenza Letter

Vaccine Information:

Vaccine Manufacturer Updates 
GlaxoSmithKline - 
Telephone - 1-888-825-5249
Medimmune -  
Telephone - 1-877-633-4411  
Telephone - 908-423-1000
Novartis Vaccines -      

Telephone – 1-800-244-7668 


Pfizer (formerly Wyeth Vaccines) -

Telephone - 1-800-395-9938

Sanofi Pasteur -
Telephone - 1-800-VACCINE (1-800-822-2463)

All of the materials, PI, Press Release, Detail Aid, Unbranded Flashcard, Coding and Billing Guide are on the Web at:

Vaccine Shortage Updates

Immunization Schedules

McKesson Vaccine Shipping

General Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)

Reports & Handouts:

VFC Eligibility vs Health Care Coverage 

PA VFC Summary

PA VFC Survey Executive Summary

Expiring Vaccines

July - December 2012

November 2012 - December 2014