The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use to be distributed across the nation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that healthcare workers and residents in long-term care facilities be offered the vaccine first in phase 1a, followed by older adults age 75 and older and front-line essential workers in phase 1b, and older adults age 65 to 74 and individuals 16 and older with underlying conditions in phase 1c. As health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities receive their first dose of the vaccine, below are some resources to keep you and your clients informed about its implementation as it continues to roll out.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC provides a package of informational resources, including facts about the vaccine, its safety, dissemination and supply, cost, what to expect when getting vaccinated, and its benefits. The CDC also outlines What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19.
The CDC provides answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccination, including what to continue doing to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 as the first priority groups receive their vaccination. The CDC also has additional facts about the vaccine on their website to assist in the distribution of accurate vaccine information.
Vaccine Coverage, Pricing, and Reimbursement in the U.S.
While the vaccine will be free of cost, providers may charge administration fees, which insurance or the Health Resources & Services Administration can reimburse. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) provides greater depth about vaccine pricing and patients’ cost share by insurance type. The KFF’s COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor will also continue to track and research the public’s perception of and experience with the vaccine.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recommends using the VaccineFinder to find locations for getting recommended vaccines. Note: the COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available on the VaccineFinder, but will be added once it is more widely available to the public.
Equitable Vaccine Distribution
Kaiser Family Foundation shares data and recommends improving access and utilizing culturally appropriate and respectful outreach to reduce barriers to vaccination for people of color.
Answers to Additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Below is a small collection of answers to FAQs from other sources: