Participating in the Vaccines for Children program

The Idaho Immunization Program (IIP) manages the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program and houses and maintains Idaho’s Immunization Reminder Information System (IRIS).

The IIP administers the federal Vaccines for Children program in Idaho. All vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on immunization Practices (ACIP) are supplied at no cost, through a combination of federal and state funding, for Idaho children ages 0 through 18 years. Providers must be enrolled with the IIP to receive the vaccine. 

Provider enrollment in Vaccines for Children program

Any healthcare provider who serves children 0 through 18 years of age, wants to provide childhood vaccines through the federal VFC program, has a current medical license in good standing, and has independent prescription writing authority for vaccines may enroll with the IIP. 

Healthcare providers who want to enroll can begin by contacting the IIP by phone (208-334-5931) or email ( New provider enrollment involves the following steps:

  • Completing the new provider enrollment packet
  • Acquiring the required vaccine storage and handling equipment
  • Assigning staff members (primary and back-up) to be responsible for vaccine management and training
  • Completing an on-site enrollment site visit with IIP staff
ACIP immunization schedules
IRIS for healthcare providers
Vaccines for Children Program vs. CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Vaccine eligibility

The Idaho Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines to participating healthcare providers for children from birth through 18 years of age.

Patients eligible for vaccines supplied by the IIP

All children 0 through 18 years of age who are eligible for the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, the Idaho Immunization Assessment, and federal funds for designated targeted populations may receive vaccines supplied by the IIP. Patient eligibility must be screened and documented for every child at each immunization visit.

Vaccines for children eligibility

All providers must screen every child at each immunization visit for VFC eligibility. VFC eligibility does not have to be verified by the provider, but it must be documented. All children 0 through 18 years of age who meet one of the
following criteria are considered VFC eligible:

  • Is Native American or Alaskan Native
  • Is enrolled in Medicaid
  • Has no health insurance
  • Is underinsured. Underinsured children have private health insurance but the coverage does not include vaccines; the coverage includes only selected vaccines (the child is VFC eligible for non-covered vaccines); or, children whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount (once the 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), rural health clinic (RHC), or deputized public health district.

Private providers must inform parents of underinsured children that free vaccine may be available at a FQHC, RHC, or local public health district.

State-supplied eligibility 

All children 0 through 18 years of age whose custodial parent or legal guardian lives in Idaho, and who are not eligible for the federal Vaccines for Children program, are eligible for state-supplied vaccines funded through the Idaho Immunization Assessment. 

Other eligibility

Other populations deemed eligible by the department's immunization program based on available funding and resources.

2020 immunization champions

The Immunization Champion Award is an annual honor given by the Idaho Immunization Program to recognize individuals or teams that go above and beyond their job expectations to promote childhood and adolescent immunizations in their communities. The immunization champions are an inspiration to everyone who cares about children's health. The Idaho Immunization Program is pleased to recognize the recipients of the award for their outstanding contributions to improve childhood immunization rates in Idaho. To read about each awardee, select their name below.

Heather Bernier, St. Luke's

Sherry Lee Bushnell, Bonners Ferry Family Medicine

Amber Campbell, Health West

Kammi Hopstad, St. Luke's

Jessica Long, Syringa General Hospital Clinic

Cyndy Lord, Eastern Idaho Public Health

Leora Murphy, Saltzer Health

Karen Palmer, St. Luke's

Nick Swope, Panhandle Health District

2020 immunization rate awards

The Idaho Immunization Program would like to recognize and celebrate healthcare organizations that met or exceeded Healthy People 2020 immunization goals as of Dec. 31, 2019, in one or more of the following categories*:

Category   Healthy People 2020 Goal   Up-to-date (UTD) at Age 
 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 series**  80%  24 months
4th dose of DTaP  90% 24 months
 2 doses of Hep A  85% 24 months
UTD Influenza  70% 24 months
UTD HPV  80% 13 years
UTD HPV  80%  17 years

*Information from Idaho’s Immunization Reminder Information System (IRIS) for patients active to each organization in April 2020; rates generated through the AFIX Product in IRIS. All percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. 
**Primary Series: 4 or more doses of DTaP, 3 or more doses of poliovirus, 1 or more doses of any MMR, primary series Hib (>2 or >3 doses of Haemophilus influenzae type b depending on the product type received), 3 or more doses of hepatitis B, 1 or more doses of varicella, and 4 or more doses of PCV.