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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) is keeping track of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decisions to authorize new COVID-19 vaccines. Helping our members get their shot as soon as they're eligible remains a top priority for our organization. Several COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization from the FDA. CareFirst members will pay $0 for any authorized vaccine, regardless of manufacturer.

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 any authorized vaccine that is made available to the public, regardless of manufacturer (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna 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. Employers may want to consider waiting for the vaccine’s full approval from the FDA as well as ensuring there are adequate supplies.

The COVID-19 vaccine will protect the person receiving it from getting the disease. However, to protect those who are not yet vaccinated, it will be important to continue:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Washing your hands

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