With COVID-19 vaccines now being administered all through West Virginia and Ohio, in addition to the remainder of america, The Well being Plan introduced Tuesday it should cowl the administration value of these vaccines that obtain emergency use authorization by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration.
They’ll come for free of charge to Well being Plan members each throughout and after the present public well being emergency.
“Our members, suppliers and communities have had sufficient hardship this yr. Because the vaccine turns into out there, no one ought to have to fret about the fee,” mentioned Well being Plan President and COO Jeff Knight. “It’s vitally vital that as many individuals as potential get vaccinated, starting with our frontline employees and people in assisted dwelling services, in order that we are able to finish this pandemic collectively.”
There at present are two variations of the COVID-19 vaccine licensed to be used — Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. In West Virginia, healthcare employees, long-term care employees and residents, together with metropolis employees in departments like public works, emergency responders, first responders and public well being employees.
As extra vaccines are granted emergency use authorization by the FDA, states will obtain extra vaccines and have the flexibility to supply it to extra folks. Every state’s public well being system will make this info out there to the general public because it turns into out there and progresses.
The Well being Plan has made a number of strikes to struggle the pandemic in native communities. It has waived copays, enacted cost-share waivers for testing and remedy of COVID-19, and relaxed authorization and concurrent evaluate standards.
“As all of us patiently await our flip to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, this can be very vital that we proceed to put on our masks, observe social distancing, wash our arms and hold our teams small – particularly all through the remainder of the vacation season and into the brand new yr,” Knight mentioned. “2020 has been a troublesome yr on a number of fronts. However with this vaccine, there may be lastly gentle on the finish of the tunnel as all of us look towards 2021 and higher, more healthy days forward. By working collectively, we are able to get by this. We should all do our half.”