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. Initially, there will be a limited supply of the vaccine and it will be distributed to the populations at the highest risk, including healthcare workers, first responders (such as police and paramedics), individuals residing in group settings (such as nursing homes), and people with underlying health conditions that put them at risk for serious complications from COVID-19.

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

Once the COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available, you will be able to receive the vaccine from healthcare providers and pharmacies. There may also be community vaccination sites set up throughout the state.

If you live in Ohio, you can visit Vaccine.Coronavirus.Ohio.gov and enter your county or ZIP code to view a list of providers that have received or will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Providers manage their own schedules and appointments. It is important to call or visit the website of the provider in advance to make arrangements to be vaccinated.

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.


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

 

Page last updated on 3/3/2021