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COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization for two COVID-19 vaccines—Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna—your employer groups are likely wondering what’s next?
We know initial supplies of the vaccines will be limited. Most states will have a phased approach to distribution, with highest-risk populations like healthcare workers and nursing home residents targeted first. As larger quantities of the vaccines become available in the coming weeks and months, each state will communicate how and where the vaccines are available and when you can receive one.
CareFirst members will pay $0 for any authorized vaccine when it is made available to the public, regardless of manufacturer.
Initially, the federal government will purchase and distribute all COVID-19 vaccinations. During this period, employer-sponsored plans will only be responsible for the administration costs rather than the entire cost of the vaccines.
Administration costs are based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rates and are estimated to be about $17 for the first dose and $28 for the second, for a total cost of approximately $45. As additional vaccines are authorized and become available, different rates may be determined.
As more information becomes available, we will update this page. Here are some additional resources: