Vaccine Availability | Where to Get the Vaccine | Vaccine Coverage Information

Now that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for distribution, we want to share information about how you can safely get vaccinated. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

The federal government is coordinating the distribution plans for the COVID-19 vaccine with state health agencies. Ohio has adopted a phased approach to vaccine eligibility. Please refer to the phases outlined on the Vaccination Program page on Coronavirus.Ohio.gov to determine when you are eligible to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Vaccine manufacturers may have restrictions on who can be vaccinated based on age or other health conditions. Please check with your healthcare provider if you have questions.

Each state will communicate its distribution plans to the population. If you live in Ohio, you can visit Coronavirus.Ohio.gov for more information. If you live outside Ohio, please visit your state health department’s website by going to USA.gov/State-Health and selecting your state from the dropdown menu.


Where to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Ohio Department of Health launched its Vaccine Management System. This is a website that centralizes available COVID-19 vaccine appointments and allows you to schedule right from this site. This streamlines the process to find and book a vaccination appointment for you or a loved one.

You can still visit Vaccine.Coronavirus.Ohio.gov and enter your county or ZIP code to view a list of providers that have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Some providers may still manage their own vaccination schedules and appointments. It is important to call or visit the website of the provider in advance to make arrangements to be vaccinated.

A FEMA-sponsored mass vaccination site will open at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center on March 17, 2021, and run for eight weeks. Appointments are required and can be scheduled through the Vaccine Management site at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. State-sponsored mass community vaccination sites are being set up across Ohio. Two pop-up clinics will open March 19, 2021—one in Cleveland and the other in Cincinnati. the remaining sites will open the last week of March. Click here for a complete list of those locations.

If you live outside of Ohio, you can visit the CDC website to find a convenient location to receive the vaccine.


Vaccine Coverage Information

There are multiple vaccine manufacturers. The coverage details outlined below apply to all COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA.

Members Who Have Health Coverage Through Their Employer or Members in Individual Plans

Initially, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the federal government with funding authorized through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Health plans must:

  • Cover the vaccine with no member cost sharing
  • Cover the cost to administer the vaccine, regardless of the number of doses
  • Cover the office visit without cost sharing if the primary purpose of the visit is to administer the COVID-19 vaccine

You will be able to get the vaccine from in-network or out-of-network providers or locations during the national public health emergency declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. After the national public health emergency ends, you will be able to get the vaccine from in-network providers or locations with no member cost sharing, similar to how we cover the flu vaccine.

If you have questions about your coverage, please call the Medical Mutual Customer Care number on your ID card.

Members in a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan

For the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021, Original Medicare will cover the costs of all necessary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as the cost to administer the vaccine, for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement members. No member cost sharing will be applied.

If you are in a Medicare Advantage plan, you can receive the vaccine from providers or at locations outside of the Medical Mutual Medicare network with no member cost sharing during the national public health emergency declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. After the national public health emergency ends, you will be able to get the vaccine from in-network providers or locations with no member cost sharing, similar to how we cover the flu vaccine.

Medicare Supplement members can receive the vaccine from any provider or location that accepts Medicare.

If you have questions about your coverage, please call the Medical Mutual Customer Care number on your ID card.

Third Doses for Immunocompromised Individuals

On Aug. 12, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a third dose of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for individuals considered immunocompromised. This is not a booster shot, but a third dose of the vaccine. It is up to your doctor to determine if you should get a third dose, but the FDA and CDC offer the following guidance.

An additional dose after the initial two-dose mRNA series should be considered for those with moderate to severe immune compromise due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments, such as solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

Like the first two doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available to individuals at no cost.


Continue to check this page for updates. We will be providing new information as it becomes available.

 

Page last updated on 8/17/2021