Vaccinate Before You Graduate (VBYG) Program


To ensure all Rhode Island students have a chance to be fully immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases before high school graduation. VBYG was developed in 2001 as a catch-up program for 12th grade students who either missed or did not complete the Hepatitis B vaccination series. In 2010, the program expanded to include high school students, in both public and private schools statewide and offers all routinely-recommended ACIP adolescent immunizations (see list below). In September 2015, the program expanded again to include middle school students attending public schools.

What we do

  • Offer vaccinations for students at school clinics at no out-of-pocket cost through a contract with The Wellness Company. The Wellness Company is a mass immunizer and licensed wholesale drug distributor contracted with the Office of Immunization to facilitate the VBYG Program. The Company is enrolled in the State-Supplied Vaccine program and maintains a large inventory of adult and children’s vaccines. It has many experienced staff that can be called into service quickly if needed to hold a vaccine clinic anywhere in the state.
  • Offer the following 12 vaccines:
  • Enroll in the program More
  • View the current VBYG calendar More