New Regulations for Providers Enrolled in the VFC Program
Posted on September 15 2011
The Vaccines for Children program (VFC) is a federally-funded program that provides vaccines to children at no cost to the parent. This allows those children who might not be able to receive vaccinations for financial reasons, get the vaccines they need to stay healthy for free.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are requiring providers enrolled in this particular program to have calibrated thermometers in all refrigerator and freezer units used for VFC storage. This means that each thermometer needs to be in perfect working order to ensure that the vaccines are being stored at the correct temperature. This regulation is designed to help each facility keep their stock of vaccines safely preserved in storage for use on patients and help prevent waste.
In addition, each thermometer is to be covered by a Certificate of Traceability and Calibration. This certificate will confirm that the measurement standers and instruments used during calibration are traceable to an International Organization of Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) accredited testing laboratory, a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), or to any other internationally recognized standards agency. This is to ensure that the calibration of the thermometer has been done properly – generally, these organizations use a reference standard during calibration - and that the thermometer being used is in perfect working order.
For further information, please contact the VFC program at 518-474-4578.