ALL COVID-19 Vaccines Are FREE
The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States. No one will have to pay any fees for the vaccine.
Vaccinators Can Charge an “Administrative Fee” to Insurance
Providing COVID-19 vaccines in a clinic setting is not without cost to the provider. So, the federal government allows vaccine providers to be reimbursed for vaccine administration fees by a person’s public or private insurance company. It helps to defray costs associated with this increased service.
This is why some vaccine providers might ask for insurance information – it is so they can collect the administrative fee. No one will be charged any out-of-pocket expenses by a vaccinator or by insurance.
Not All Vaccinators Ask for Health Insurance Information – But Don’t Let It Stop You if They Do
There are multiple vaccine partners in the Fairfax Health District who are helping in the monumental task of getting all eligible individuals vaccinated, including pharmacies and medical providers. Each might have its own registration process, which may or may not include an ask for insurance information.
Regardless of the provider’s registration process, it is important that you complete it and take the steps to be vaccinated. If you have questions or concerns about the registration, you can always call the vaccine provider.
Uninsured Follow the Same Path to Vaccination as the Insured
People who do not have health insurance follow the exact same process to get vaccinated as those who have insurance. If your vaccine provider requests insurance information but you do not have it, just say so. Being uninsured has zero impact on your ability to be vaccinated.
Note on Who is Providing Vaccines:
As we've noted before, the Fairfax Health Department is partnering with providers and pharmacies such as Inova, Trusted Doctors, My Dr, and Giant. Those vaccinators are serving individuals registered with the Fairfax Health Department.
Other providers such as CVS and Safeway are independently scheduling vaccinations using the supply from the federal partnership, and they are not working off of the Fairfax Health Department's queue.