How to Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccination Provider
As a healthcare provider, you play a critical role in helping to end the pandemic. Learn how you can be a part of vaccination efforts in the United States.
At this time, all COVID-19 vaccine in the United States has been purchased by the U.S. government for administration exclusively by providers enrolled in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Only healthcare professionals enrolled as vaccination providers directly through a health practice or organization can legally store, handle, and administer COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.* Each section below will give you a better understanding of the program requirements for healthcare providers.
*At this time, all COVID-19 vaccine in the United States has been purchased by the U.S. government (USG) for administration exclusively by providers enrolled in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program and remains U.S. government property until administered to the recipient. Only healthcare professionals enrolled through a health practice or organization as vaccination providers in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program (and authorized entities engaged in shipment for the Program) are authorized to lawfully possess, distribute, deliver, administer, receive shipments of, or use USG-purchased COVID-19 vaccine. Other possession, distribution, delivery, administration, shipment receipt, or use of COVID-19 vaccine outside the parameters of the Program constitutes, at a minimum, theft under 18 U.S.C. § 641, and violation of other federal civil and criminal laws. Violators are subject to prosecution to the full extent of the law.
To be a vaccination provider, your health system, or you, as an independent provider, are required to sign the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement.
Things to know before signing the agreement:
- You must be legally authorized in your jurisdiction to administer vaccines.
- COVID-19 vaccines are 100% free for the patient. No administration fees, copays, or co-insurance can be charged. However, vaccination providers may seek reimbursement for vaccine administration fees from a patient’s health coverage program or plan. For further information on reimbursement requirements, please see the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Requirements and Support webpage.
- You must administer COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with all program requirements and recommendations, including those of CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- You must be able to store and handle COVID-19 vaccines under proper conditions to maintain the vaccine cold chain.
- COVID-19 vaccine preparation differs among COVID-19 vaccine products and is different from that of routinely recommended vaccines. Therefore, vaccine preparation training is essential.
Patient safety is a top priority. Therefore, it is important that all healthcare professionals receive the training needed to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are stored, handled, prepared, and administered correctly. Training must be ongoing as new COVID-19 vaccines become available and as recommendations evolve when we learn more about the vaccines and how to improve the vaccination process. CDC provides training recommendations and resources.
COVID-19 vaccination providers are required to report information on vaccine administration, vaccine supply, and vaccine adverse events. Reporting this information is critical to help stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
To meet CDC’s reporting requirements, you must enroll in your jurisdiction’s immunization information system (IIS). You must enter specific vaccine administration information into your organization’s medical record system within 24 hours of vaccine administration and report that information to an IIS within 72 hours.
You must report on-hand vaccine supply weekly through Vaccines.gov.
Healthcare providers are required to report certain adverse events related to COVID-19 vaccines to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). COVID-19 vaccination providers are also required to report vaccine administration errors, regardless of whether the error led to an adverse event.
States and jurisdictions have established plans for providing COVID-19 vaccine safely and effectively to their communities. They are encouraged to further expand the categories of persons authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines in their states or territories, as authorized under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. If you are interested in becoming a COVID-19 vaccination provider and are part of a health system, reach out to your health system point of contact about whether your health system is already enrolled or would be interested in enrolling. If you are an independent healthcare provider and are interested, contact your state or local immunization program.
If you are unable to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccination provider, you still have a critical role in helping to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of vaccine information in their communities. Talk to your patients about the importance of COVID-19 vaccination. Answer their questions and concerns. CDC has resources to help with these conversations.