CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Requirements and Support

Illustrations of healthcare professionals talking to patients about COVID-19 vaccination.

At this time, all COVID-19 vaccine in the United States has been purchased by the federal government for administration exclusively by enrolled providers through the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

This page provides information about the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program ─ with vaccine being provided by the federal government ─ to ensure all people in the United States who wish to be vaccinated can receive vaccine without barriers, to the greatest extent possible.

This page also serves as repository for any updates to the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Provider Agreement including recommendations, requirements, and other useful information for vaccination providers participating in the program.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement

  • COVID-19 vaccination providers participating in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program are required to sign a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement.
  • Providers are responsible for adhering to all requirements outlined in the agreement, including updated recommendations, requirements, and other guidance provided in the footnoted web links incorporated in the agreement.
  • Vaccination providers and organizations must check this site regularly. A sign up is available below to receive emails any time this page is updated.
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Requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Program Providers

COVID-19 Vaccine is Provided at 100% No Cost to Recipients

All organizations and providers participating in the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program:

  • must administer COVID-19 Vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost to the recipient
  • may not deny anyone vaccination based on the vaccine recipient’s coverage status or network status
  • may not charge an office visit or other fee if COVID-19 vaccination is the sole medical service provided
  • may not require additional medical services to receive COVID-19 vaccination
  • may seek appropriate reimbursement from a program or plan that covers COVID-19 Vaccine administration fees for the vaccine recipient, such as:
    • vaccine recipient’s private insurance company
    • Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement
    • HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program for non-insured vaccine recipients
  • may not seek any reimbursement, including through balance billing, from the vaccine recipient

Individuals aware of any potential violations of these requirements are encouraged to report them to the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS or the website TIPS.HHS.GOVexternal icon.

Data and Reporting

Vaccine Administration Documentation

COVID-19 vaccination providers must document vaccine administration in their medical record systems within 24 hours of administration and use their best efforts to report administration data to the relevant system for the jurisdiction [i.e., Immunization Information Systems (IIS)] as soon as practicable and no later than 72 hours after administration.

All COVID-19 vaccination providers must report COVID-19 vaccine inventory daily into Vaccines.gov.

In some jurisdictions, providers may report vaccine inventory to the jurisdiction’s IIS for the jurisdiction to upload into Vaccines.gov. If you have questions about the process for your jurisdiction, please contact your jurisdiction’s immunization program.

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Page last reviewed: November 22, 2021