Do rich people get better vaccines than poorer people?
Of course not, but that doesn’t keep people from spreading the anti-vaccine myth that the quality of the vaccine your child gets depends on how much money you make, with folks on Medicaid getting more dangerous vaccines.
Technically, there aren’t even any ‘Medicaid vaccines.’
The Vaccines For Children program does provide “vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay.”
Children who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicaid are usually eligible for immunizations through the Vaccines For Children program.
These vaccines are no different than the vaccines that you would get if you were paying with cash or other types of insurance though. They are free (except for an administration fee that your doctor or clinic might charge) because the “CDC buys vaccines at a discount and distributes them to grantees—i.e., state health departments and certain local and territorial public health agencies—which in turn distribute them at no charge to those private physicians’ offices and public health clinics registered as VFC providers.”
These are the exact same vaccines everyone else gets.
For more information:
- How Anti-Vaccine Myths Start and Spread: VFC edition — “Private Stock Vaccines” Available to Elites; Junky Vaccines Given to the Hoi Polloi Pt I
- CDC – Vaccines for Children Program