Audit of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccines for Children Program Requirement for Provider Site Visits
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to eligible children through health care providers enrolled in the program. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the lead responsibility for policy development and implementation of the VFC program. CDC buys vaccines at a discount and distributes them to grantees-i.e., State health departments and certain local and territorial public health agencies-which in turn distribute them at no charge to those private physicians' offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers. To ensure the quality of VFC vaccines and the integrity of the VFC program, CDC requires grantees to conduct: (1) an enrollment site visit for all new and re-enrolling VFC providers before they receive VFC vaccines; (2) compliance site visits for all enrolled and active VFC providers every 24 months; and (3) unannounced storage and handling site visits at a minimum of 5 percent of VFC providers during the cooperative agreement budget period. Site visits help determine provider compliance with VFC Program requirements, including adherence to vaccine eligibility screening and documentation, accountability, and management. We will conduct an audit to determine whether CDC VFC grantees conducted site visits at enrolled and active VFC program providers that provide routine childhood vaccines (not COVID-19 vaccines) according to program requirements. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will identify alternative procedures or approaches that grantees may have taken to complete site visits.
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|Completed||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||Audit of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccines for Children Program Requirement for Provider Site Visits||Office of Audit Services||W-00-22-59464;