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CMS Announces Eligible People Can Receive Second COVID-19 Booster Vaccination at No Cost

Per the notice below, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that eligible people can receive a second novel coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccination at no cost.

Eligible Individuals Can Receive Second COVID-19 Booster Shot at No Cost

On April 6, CMS announced it will pay for a second COVID-19 booster shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines without cost sharing, as it continues to provide coverage for this critical protection from the virus.  People with Medicare pay nothing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, and there is no applicable copayment, coinsurance, or deductible.  People with Medicaid coverage can also get COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters, at no cost.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccinations.  Certain immunocompromised individuals and people ages 50 years and older who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago are eligible for another booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19.  Additionally, the CDC recommends that adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago can receive a second booster dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  The COVID-19 vaccine, including the booster doses, is the best defense against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus.  CMS continues to explore ways to ensure maximum access to COVID-19 vaccinations.  More information regarding the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Requirements and how the COVID-19 vaccine is provided through that program at no cost to recipients is available at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/vaccination-provider-support.html and through the CMS COVID-19 Provider Toolkit.  People can visit vaccines.gov (English) or vacunas.gov (Spanish) to search for vaccines nearby.