Section 317 Vaccination Program

What is Section 317 vaccine?

Section 317 of the Public Health Service Act authorizes the federal purchase of vaccines to gty_vaccine_jef_130910_33x16_1600vaccinate children, adolescents, and adults. Over its 50 year history, Section 317-purchased vaccine has been directed towards meeting the needs of priority populations; most recently this has included underinsured children not eligible for VFC, and uninsured adults.

Who can be vaccinated with Section 317 vaccines?

Beginning on October 1, 2012, Section 317-funded vaccines can be used to vaccinate:

  • Newborns receiving the birth dose of hepatitis B prior to hospital discharge that are covered under bundled delivery or global delivery package (no routine services can be individually billed) that does not include hepatitis B vaccine
  • Fully Insured infants of hepatitis B infected women and the household or sexual contacts of hepatitis B infected individuals
  • Uninsured or underinsured adults
  • Underinsured: A person who has health insurance, but the coverage does not include vaccines or a person whose insurance covers only selected vaccines. Children who are underinsured for selected vaccines are VFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only.
  • Fully insured individuals seeking vaccines during public health response activities including:
    • Outbreak response
    • Post-exposure prophylaxis
    • Disaster relief efforts
    • Mass vaccination campaigns or exercises for public health preparedness
  • Individuals in correctional facilities and jails

Where can you go if you qualify for Section 317 vaccines?

  • Underinsured children are eligible to receive VFC vaccine only through a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or a Department of Public Health designated provider.
  • Uninsured and underinsured adults are also eligible to receive 317vaccines through a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Department of Public Health designated provider.

Delaware Section 317 vaccine Providers:

La Red Health Centers

Westside Family Healthcare Centers

Henrietta Johnson Medical Center

The Rosa Health Center