Health First Colorado Immunization Benefits

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The Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) Immunization benefit promotes and facilitates the prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases.  The Department has an inter-agency agreement with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to maximize immunization recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

Who is eligible?

  • Children (age 20 and under) enrolled in Health First Colorado can receive immunizations recommended by the ACIP, or when required to enter the work force or attend school.
  • Adults (age 21 and over) enrolled in Health First Colorado can receive immunizations recommended by the ACIP or when required to enter the work force or attend school.  Adults may have an office visit co-pay at the time of service.

Is there a cost?

Adults may have an office visit co-pay at the time of service.

Are travel-related vaccinations covered?

Health First Colorado does not pay for travel-related vaccines for adults or children.

Who are Health First Colorado’s partners for immunizations?

  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment manages the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.
  • The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) is a federal program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). VFC supplies all vaccines recommended by the ACIP for Health First Colorado children ages 0 to 18. 

Where can I find the immunization schedule?

CDC Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedules

What Is the Immunization Registry?

Colorado has an immunization registry, a central place for health care providers to keep track of immunizations.  This helps providers know what shots you/your child have had and which ones are still needed. The information in the registry is completely confidential.

Under Colorado law, you can choose to opt out of participating in the registry.  If you opt out, you/your child's immunization history will not be in the registry, and you will need to keep track of this information. You can decide to opt out of the registry at any time.  For more information and an opt-out form visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

What if I have other questions?

Please get in touch with the Customer Contact Center.