As America has struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been difficult to find a path toward health. With that being said, over the last few days, that path has become a little clearer. We are making progress and closer to having a vaccine to treat COVID-19.
The United States government will make a supply of the COVID-19 vaccine available to CVS Health when authorized and available to administer in pharmacies nationwide. They will offer it to the public through their 10,000 locations, following established vaccine prioritization guidelines.
Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination under this contract?
Under this contract, CVS Health will receive a supply of the publicly funded COVID-19 vaccine and necessary supplies for administration once the vaccine is authorized and available. This supply of vaccine will be used to provide vaccinations to patients consistent with the priorities for vaccination established by the government.
Will patients be charged for the vaccine?
No patient will be charged for the vaccine or its administration. The federal government will provide the vaccine itself, and CVS Health will be reimbursed by the patient’s insurance or, in the case of uninsured patients, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) program for uninsured patients, for the administration of the vaccine. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established the reimbursement rates for administration of the vaccine for patients covered by Medicare as well as those covered by the program for the uninsured.
When will CVS Pharmacy begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine?
Once a COVID-19 vaccine (or vaccines) is (or are) available, CVS Health will work rapidly to make vaccinations available.
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