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Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Program

Since its inception in 1994, Texas has participated in the Federal Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). Our version is called the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC). The Program was initiated by the passage of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. This legislation guaranteed vaccines would be available at no cost to providers, in order to immunize children (birth - 18 years of age) who meet the eligibility requirements.

Today there are more than 3,000 Texas providers enrolled in TVFC, including more than 150 TVFC providers located in San Antonio and Bexar County. Texas leads the nation in the number of uninsured and underinsured children. We also have over 3 million Texas children on Medicaid (Federal Fiscal Year 2016 data). Many of these children are not receiving the complete series of immunizations required to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases.

TVFC FOR PROVIDERS 

By enrolling in TVFC, you can provide innumerable benefits to the families in your practice, and to the people of Texas. One of the most important benefits is removing barriers to immunizations. For instance, you will no longer have to refer an uninsured child to a public health center for immunizations. TVFC removes the burden of the financial cost of vaccines, thereby eliminating the need to refer clients. Children are then kept in their “medical home,” which is beneficial to the provider and client. Families who are currently paying for vaccinations may be TVFC eligible.

There are cost savings of immunizing versus treatment for diseases to taxpayers. For example, for every dollar spent on DTaP vaccine, $27.00 is saved in direct and indirect costs. Additionally, vaccine contracts are negotiated at a federal level, thus ensuring the lowest price and a standardized cost. Vaccine is ordered through regional state offices and is supplied to providers at no cost. A TVFC provider may not charge for the vaccine, but is permitted to charge a reasonable administration fee.

TVFC does not tell enrolled providers whom they must see or dictate that they accept Medicaid clients. Providers continue to serve the same populations they have always served. Except now, through enrollment in the TVFC, more children will be receiving their complete series of immunizations. This benefits everyone by maintaining a higher level of immunity in our community. TVFC automatically covers all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A fully immunized society is necessary to reach optimum eradication of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. With your help, we can reach these goals leading to a healthier Texas.

 

We need your help in order to ensure the health and future of Texas children.

If you are not enrolled in TVFC, please consider enrolling. The process is simple:

  1. Verify that you meet the provider eligibility requirements
  2. Complete the DSHS TVFC policy training web-based course
  3. Complete module 10 (vaccine storage and handling) and module 16 (Vaccines for Children) of the CDC You Call The Shots Training
  4. Complete and submit the Provider Agreement Form
  5. Agree to screen for patient eligibility and maintain screening records
  6. Agree to maintain vaccine safety and inventory

Under TVFC, the following groups of children (birth – 18 years of age) should receive free vaccines:

  1. uninsured or underinsured children
  2. children who are covered by CHIP
  3. children who are of Native American or Native Alaskan heritage
  4. children enrolled in Medicaid.

Who Benefits from My participation?

There are cost savings of immunizing versus treatment for diseases to taxpayers. For example, for every dollar spent on DTaP vaccine, $27.00 is saved in direct and indirect costs. Additionally, vaccine contracts are negotiated at a federall level, thus ensuring the lowest price and a standardized cost. Vaccine is ordered through regional state offices and is supplied to providers at no cost. A TVFC provider may not charge for the vaccine, but it is permitted to charge a reasonable administration fee. 

How will TVFC change my practice?

TVFC does not tell enrolled providers whom they must see or dictate that they accept Medicaid clients. Providers continue to serve the same populations they have always served. Except now, through enrollment in the TVFC, more children will be receiving their complete series of immunizations. This benefits everyone by maintaining a higher level of immunity in our community. TVFC automatically covers all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A fully-immunized society is necessary to reach optimum eradication of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. With your help, we can reach these goals leading to a healthier Texas. 

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TVFC Provider Manual

 

 

 

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forms & Tools

CDC Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit

Texas Vaccines for Children – Forms & Publications

It's Federal Law  - You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)

VAERS Form

TVFC Vaccine inventory management reports