COVID-19 Vaccine Availability and Distribution: What We Know So Far

It is anticipated that the Food and Drug Administration will soon approve a COVID-19 vaccine. Nationwide distribution is expected to begin in mid-December to prioritized communities. While details about this process are not yet finalized, here is what we know so far:

  • It is anticipated the following communities will be prioritized for the initial vaccinations:
    • Healthcare personnel,
    • Non-healthcare essential workers,
    • Adults with high-risk medical conditions and risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness, and
    • People aged 65 years and older (including those living in long-term care facilities).
  • Children are unlikely to have a vaccine available until later in 2021.
  • Most health plans will be required to cover it and related administration costs with no cost sharing (i.e., deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance and prior authorizations) within 15 business days at no cost after the vaccine is available, regardless of whether administered by a network or non-network provider.

As more details about the vaccine distribution and how the vaccine will be covered by insurers become available, it will be posted on our website at

In the meantime, be sure to keep yourself healthy and safe by continuing to (1) wear a face covering when in public, (2) maintain social distance whenever possible and (3) abide by your state and local health and safety guidelines.