The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program provides federally purchased vaccines for use by participating providers. These vaccines are administered to eligible children without vaccine cost to parents or providers. All routine childhood vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) are available through this program.
According to State law, all health insurance policies issued in Hawaii must provide health services, including routine immunizations, for children of the insured from birth through age five years. If you have no health insurance, have Medicaid or QUEST, your health insurance does NOT pay for childhood immunizations, or your child is American Indian or Alaska Native, your child may qualify to receive free/low cost shots through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents
Who is eligible to receive Vaccines For Children (VFC) vaccine?
Children birth through 18 years of age who have no health insurance (uninsured), are underinsured (have health insurance that does not include vaccinations), are enrolled in Medicaid (Quest), are American Indian or Alaskan Native are eligible to receive VFC vaccine.
Can my child receive VFC vaccine if we have health insurance but it does not cover immunizations?
Children who are underinsured are eligible to receive VFC vaccine only at a Rural Health Center (RHC) or Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Find FQHCs and RHCs in the State of Hawaii.
Which vaccines can my child receive through the VFC Program?
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTaP) (PDF)
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) (PDF)
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (PDF)
- Hepatitis A (PDF)
- Hepatitis B (PDF)
- Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil-9) (PDF)
- Inactivated Influenza (PDF)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (PDF)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (PDF)
- Meningococcal ACWY (PDF)
- Pneumococcal conjugate (PDF)
- Pneumococcal polysaccharide (PDF)
- Polio (PDF)
- Rotavirus (PDF)
- Serogroup B Meningococcal (MenB) (PDF)
- Tetanus and Diphtheria (PDF)
- Varicella (Chickenpox) (PDF)
For more information
Call your doctor or the Hawaii Immunization Branch: 808-586-8300
Neighbor islands: 1-800-933-4832 (Toll-free)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For Healthcare Providers
Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program information for Healthcare Providers
Last reviewed January 2023