Vaccinations for Adults (317 Vaccine Program)
WHAT IS SECTION 317 VACCINE?
Section 317 of the Public Health Service Act authorizes the federal purchase of vaccines to vaccinate 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?
Adults 19 years of age and older who meet at least one of the following criteria:
- 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
* Adults whose health insurance covers any of the cost of a vaccine are NOT eligible to receive the vaccine through the 317 program. This applies even when a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan’s deductible has not been met.