The following public vaccine programs are available in Wyoming and provide vaccines to enrolled providers at no cost to administer to eligible patients at little to no cost to the patient. Learn more below about each program including patient eligibility criteria.
Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program
The VFC program is a federally funded vaccine program. VFC-eligible children are those who are 18 years of age and younger and are at least one of the following:
- Eligible for Medicaid
- Uninsured (no insurance)
- American Indian or Alaska Native
- Underinsured (at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Rural Health Clinic (RHC), or any other provider with delegated authority)
Wyoming Vaccinates Important People (WyVIP) Program
The WyVIP Program is a state-funded vaccine program that provides affordable vaccine to children who are not VFC-eligible.
Children who are Wyoming residents, 18 years and under, and do not qualify for VFC vaccine are eligible for WyVIP vaccine.
Influenza vaccine, Hepatitis A, meningococcal, and HPV are NOT available through the WyVIP Program.
Vaccines for Uninsured Adults (VUA) Program
The Vaccines for Uninsured Adults (VUA) Program is a federally-funded adult vaccine program that was established in 2012. The VUA Program is currently available only at participating Public Health Nursing (PHN) Offices as well as a few private facilities.
Vaccines provided through the VUA Program can only be administered to Wyoming residents, 19 and older, who are uninsured or underinsured.*
*Underinsured refers to patients who have health insurance, including Medicaid or Medicare that does NOT cover the vaccines needed, or the cap for vaccines has been met.
Adult Hepatitis Vaccine (AHV) Program
The Adult Hepatitis Vaccine (AHV) Program is a state-funded vaccine program that allows Wyoming residents to receive Hepatitis A and B immunizations at no cost from participating public and private healthcare providers.
All Adults in Wyoming, aged 19 and older, may receive Hepatitis A and B immunizations through state funding, regardless of income or insurance status. Priority is given to individuals with reported risk factor behaviors as defined in the most current Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statements (VIS).
Yellow Fever Vaccine Program
The Wyoming Immunization Program is responsible for managing the Wyoming Yellow Fever Vaccine Program. Yellow fever vaccine is available only at designated vaccination centers and healthcare professionals must apply to become a Yellow Fever Vaccine Program provider.
Becoming a Yellow Fever Vaccine Provider
Yellow Fever Vaccine Course:
The Uniform Stamp Holder, the Yellow Fever Vaccine Coordinator, and any additional staff with responsibilities associated with the administration of yellow fever vaccine MUST complete, pass, print, and submit the transcript of the CDC Yellow Fever Course.
Yellow Fever Vaccine Resources
Fraud and Abuse
As vaccines become more expensive and immunization programs more complex, Public Vaccine Programs become more vulnerable to fraud and abuse. The Immunization Unit relies on referrals from providers and the public to identify potential instances of fraud and abuse.
Read more about Fraud and Abuse
What is Fraud? Fraud is an intentional deception or misrepresentation made by a person with the knowledge that the deception could result in some unauthorized benefit to him or some other person. It includes any act that constitutes fraud under applicable federal or state law.
What is Abuse? Abuse refers to provider practices that are inconsistent with sound fiscal, business, or medical practices and result in:
- an unnecessary cost to the Medicaid program,
- including actions that result in an unnecessary cost to the immunization program, a health insurance company, or a patient;
- or in reimbursement for services that are not medically necessary or that fail to meet professionally recognized standards for health care It also includes recipient practices that result in unnecessary cost to the Medicaid program.
Examples of Fraud and Abuse
Fraud or abuse can occur in many ways, and some types of fraud and abuse are easier for the VFC/WyVIP Program to prevent or detect than others, depending on how the VFC/WyVIP Program is implemented. The VFC/WyVIP Program should try to differentiate between intentional fraud and abuse and unintentional abuse or error due to excusable lack of knowledge. Some examples of potential fraud and abuse that staff might encounter are:
- Providing VFC/WyVIP vaccine to non- VFC/WyVIP -eligible children.
- Selling or otherwise misdirecting publicly supplied vaccine.
- Billing a patient or third party for publicly-funded vaccine.
- Charging more than the established maximum regional charge for administration of a publicly-funded vaccine to a federally or state vaccine-eligible child.
- Denying VFC/WyVIP eligible children publicly-funded vaccine because of parents’ inability to pay for the administration fee.
- Failing to implement provider enrollment requirements of the VFC/WyVIP Program.
- Failing to screen for and document eligibility status at every visit.
- Failing to maintain VFC/WyVIP records and comply with other requirements of the VFC/WyVIP Program.
- Failing to fully account for publicly-funded vaccine.
- Failing to properly store and handle VFC/WyVIP vaccine.
Reporting Suspected Fraud and Abuse
Any individual wishing to make a referral for a Fraud and Abuse investigation may do so by calling the Immunization Unit at 307-777-2413 or by completing and submitting the Fraud and Abuse Referral Form.
Providers currently enrolled in, or those interested in enrolling in a public vaccine program can access program policies and procedures, important updates, forms and reports, and educational resources by entering the Provider Portal.