How to Enroll as a Healthcare Provider
As a healthcare professional, 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 enrolled providers through the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Only healthcare professionals enrolled directly through a health practice or organization as a vaccination provider 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.
To be a vaccination provider, you are required to sign the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination 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 or through the Health Resources and Services Administration COVID-19 Uninsured Programexternal icon for uninsured patients.
- You must administer COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with all requirements and recommendations including CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
- You must be able to store and handlepdf icon COVID-19 vaccines under proper conditions to maintain the vaccine cold chain.
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 each day through VaccineFinder.
Healthcare providers are required to report certain adverse events related to COVID-19 vaccines to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)external icon. 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 and are encouraged to further expand the categories of persons authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines in their states or territories, as authorized under the PREP Act. If you or your organization is interested in becoming a COVID-19 vaccination provider and believe you can comply with the legal requirements of the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Provider Agreement, you can check you eligibility and register todayexternal icon. If you would like more information about the needs in your jurisdiction, 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.
*At this time, all COVID-19 vaccine in the United States has been purchased by the U.S. government for administration exclusively by enrolled providers through 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.