VFC (Pediatrics)

Philadelphia Vaccines for Children

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a vaccine supply program that allows enrolled health care providers to give free immunizations to eligible children. The intent is to remove cost as a barrier from receiving timely immunizations.

A child is eligible for the VFC Program if he or she is younger than 19 years of age and is one of the following:

Use these resources to screen each patient for VFC-eligibility:

A list of required immunizations for school entry in Philadelphia can be found on the Local Resources page.

Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedules

Click the image or links below to view the full schedule and footnotes.

childhood vaccination schedule

Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years. These schedules summarize recommendations for routine vaccines for children ages 18 years and younger.

Click here for the full immunization schedule for children and adolescents.

Vaccine Order Forms


Provider Enrollment Forms

Before you submit the VFC Enrollment forms, please ensure that your office meets these qualifications. You must:

  1. Serve VFC-eligible children
  2. Have appropriate refrigeration and freezer units (no dorm style units)
  3. Be able to record vaccine storage temperatures twice a day
  4. Submit 2 weeks of vaccine storage temperature records before receiving VFC vaccine
  5. Have access to the Internet to order vaccines online
  6. Electronically report all administered vaccines to KIDS Plus IIS

Provider Enrollment Forms

Provider Enrollment Resources


Vaccine Storage & Handling

All forms and resources are posted on the Vaccine Storage & Handling page.

Other VFC Forms

Philadelphia VFC Program Statistics

In 2012, the Immunization Program shipped over 620,000 doses of vaccine to Philadelphia County providers and clinics, valued at over $25 million. About 70% of the children in the city of Philadelphia were eligible for the VFC program in 2012. There are currently 217 VFC providers in the Philadelphia Immunization Program. PDPH employs 2 full-time nurses and 4 vaccine specialists who oversee the administration of the VFC program in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Immunization Program provides vaccine to all eligible patients receiving services in Philadelphia County. VFC programs outside of Philadelphia County are administered by the State of Pennsylvania.

Last updated: March 2013


Veronica P. Alvarez, MPA

Public Health Advisor

Email: Veronica.Alvarez@phila.gov

Phone: (215) 685-6498


Amber Sterling, MPH

VFC/AFIX Coordinator

Email: Amber.Sterling@phila.gov

Phone: (215) 685-6650


Christine Wilson

Vaccine Specialist

Email: Christine.Wilson@phila.gov

Phone: (215) 685-6728

Fax: (215) 238-6939


Ann Gordon, MSN, RN

Provider Quality Assurance Nurse

Email: Ann.Gordon@phila.gov

Phone: (215) 685-6835


Lorraine Matijkiw, MA, BSN, RN

Provider Quality Assurance Nurse

Email: Lorraine.Matijkiw@phila.gov

Phone: (215) 685-6466


Melanie Coffman, RN, MS

Provider Quality Assurance Nurse

Email: Melanie.Coffman@phila.gov

Phone: (215) 685-6665


Order Fax Number: (215) 238-6939

Fax Number: (215) 238-6948