New Immunization Program for Wyoming children
Free vaccines beginning September 1
September 5, 2006
As of September 1, all Wyoming children are eligible to receive free vaccines through an expanded Wyoming Department of Health program.
Dr. Brent Sherard, Wyoming Department of Health director and state health officer, is hailing the vaccine program as a major step forward. "This is an excellent investment in the health of Wyoming’s children," Sherard said.
Children of parents/legal guardians who are Wyoming residents will be eligible for all available vaccine under the Wyoming Vaccinates Important People (WyVIP) program at any participating healthcare provider regardless of insurance status. The only cost to parents will be the administration fee or office fees charged by the healthcare provider and these may be covered by insurance. Administration fees are limited by law to a maximum of $14.31 per shot.
The Wyoming Legislature appropriated $5,000,000 during its 2006 session to provide vaccines for the children who do not qualify under the federal Vaccines for Children program. Wyoming will continue to receive funding under the federal program to cover Medicaid-enrolled, no insurance, Native American/Alaskan Native, and underinsured children (only at only at Rural Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers).
About 125 healthcare providers are participating in the WyVIP program. For a list of participating providers, visit www.immunizewyoming.com online or call 307-777-7621. The website also includes a fact sheets for parents about the new program, along with more information about vaccines in Wyoming.
Wyoming Department of Health