Houston Health Department
Texas Vaccines for Children Program
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TVFC Provider Summit The Houston Health Department's Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Provider Summit has been rescheduled for July 13, 2016. All registered attendees have had their registrations transferred to the new date. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket by visiting vfcsummit.eventbrite.com or calling 832.393.5188.
Plenary Session: CDC Guest Speaker, JoEllen Wolicki: Importance of Childhood Vaccines and ACIP Updates
Breakout 1: Using evidence-based strategies to increase HPV vaccination rates among adolescents
Breakout 2: Managing Vaccine Inventory: How NOT to run out of vaccine
VFC Provider Awards
Providers scoring 100% immunization coverage on 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 vaccine series in 2015
Providers scoring 100% (Zero Deficiencies) on Compliance Visit in 2015
For more information and to register for the summit, please visit vfcsummit.eventbrite.com.
The Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Program annual re-enrollment has ended. All providers are required to update their clinic information, including changes in provider population, clinic contact information, and other changes that may have occurred since the previous year. Re-enrolling in the program confirms your clinic's agreement to abide by all terms and conditions of the TVFC Program. Providers not completing re-enrollment by the extended deadline will be withdrawn from the program.
What is the Texas Vaccines for Children Program?
Since its inception in 1994, Texas has participated in the Federal Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). The Texas 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 500 providers enrolled in TVFC in Houston/Harris County. Texas leads the nation in the number of uninsured and underinsured children. Many of these children are not receiving the complete series of immunizations required to protect them from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Under TVFC, the following groups of children (birth – 18 years of age) are eligble to receive free vaccines:
- uninsured or underinsured children,
- children who are covered by CHIP,
- children who are of Native American or Native Alaskan heritage, and
- children on Medicaid.
By enrolling in TVFC, you can provide innumerable benefits to the families in your practice, and to the people of Houston/Harris County. 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.
- Complete the TVFC Provider Agreement.
- Complete the Vaccines For Children (VFC) and Vaccine Storage & Handling modules of the You Call the Shots web-based training.
- Submit the TVFC Provider Agreement and the You Call the Shots certificates to TVFChouston@houstontx.gov.
- Register and attend the New Provider Orientation at the Houston Health Department.
- Schedule the Initial Site Visit with your TVFC Representative to inspect your vaccine storage equipment and to complete your initial vaccine order.
Who is my TVFC Representative and how do I contact them?
Area 1 - Cassandra Darthard
Area 2 - Hector Chavez
Area 3 - Emanda Horn
Area 4 - Nicole Dabney
TVFC Mainline: 832.393.5188
TVFC Email: TVFChouston@houstontx.gov
Fax: 832.393.5421 or 832.393.5242
TVFC Resources for Providers