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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) is monitoring U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance on advancing new COVID-19 vaccines. Regardless of manufacturer, CareFirst members will pay $0 for any authorized vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Get the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccinations as well as updates on where, when and how they’re being made available.

Initially, the federal government purchased and distributed all COVID-19 vaccinations. Employer-sponsored plans are only responsible for administration costs rather than the entire cost of the vaccines.

Frequently asked Questions

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CareFirst members will pay $0 for vaccines authorized or approved by the FDA, regardless of manufacturer (e.g., Pfizer BioNTech (Pfizer), Moderna Vaccine/Spikevax COVID-19 Vaccine (Spikevax) and those yet to be authorized).

No. Currently, the federal government is purchasing all supplies of the vaccine and distributing them to state and local health departments.

On-site vaccination might be possible in late 2021 if vaccine supplies are adequate.

State governments will likely prioritize distribution to people with the highest risk for COVID-19 disease and complications, like healthcare workers and nursing home residents, followed by teachers and childcare workers and those with underlying conditions.

No, this would violate ERISA. However, it’s possible that the government will issue guidance addressing this concern.

Employers should seek advice from their legal counsel before issuing any vaccine mandate.

Click here for insight into CareFirst’s decision to implement a vaccine requirement and resources on navigating the process.

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