If you do not offer COVID-19 vaccines, refer patients to Vaccine Finder to find a vaccination site, including hundreds of pharmacies and health centers around the city. Uninsured patients can find locations offering no-cost vaccination services on Vaccine Finder.
Updated 2023-2024 Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine products have been authorized or approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is reviewing an application for authorization of an updated Novavax vaccine for people ages 12 and older. The ancestral Novavax product remains available.
Everyone ages 6 months and older should receive an updated COVID-19 vaccine.
With commercialization, providers can now bill for the cost of vaccine and administration as they do for other vaccines. Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial plans cover COVID-19 vaccination, without patient cost-sharing.
Note: Providers cannot bill for the cost of a vaccine received at no cost from federal programs, including doses from the Vaccines for Children or Vaccines for Adults/Bridge Access Program.
Providers administering COVID-19 vaccine to adults ages 19 years and older must now seek patient consent for reporting to the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR), similar to other vaccines administered to adults. Work with your electronic health record (EHR) vendor to ensure the consent field is sent from the EHR to CIR.
CIR reporting is required for all vaccines administered to children 0 to 18 years, including updated COVID-19 vaccines.
Certain adverse events must be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
No-cost vaccines for patients who are uninsured and underinsured are available to eligible providers through two federal programs:
Patients without insurance or whose insurance does not cover the cost of vaccination can also find vaccines at the following pharmacies participating in the federal Bridge Access Program:
The Health Department also funds certain health centers to provide no-cost COVID-19 and flu vaccination services to people who are uninsured and underinsured.
NYC’s Vaccine Finder website lists sites offering no-cost vaccine.