Bridge Access Program will Provide Free COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments to Uninsured and Underinsured Adults in Fall 2023
To help ensure that millions of uninsured and underinsured American adults continue to have access to no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching the Bridge Access Program for COVID-19 Vaccines this fall.
In the Fall of 2023, the U.S. Government COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Program will end. COVID-19 vaccines will still be free for most Americans through their health insurance plans. However, there are 25-30 million adults (ages 18-64) without insurance and additional adults whose insurance will not provide free COVID-19 vaccines after these products move onto the commercial market.
CDC’s Bridge Access Program will provide free COVID-19 vaccines for a limited time after these products move onto the commercial market in Fall 2023. Free vaccines through this temporary program will not be available after December 2024.
A proposed longer-term is the Vaccines for Adults (VFA) program, which would cover all recommended vaccinations at no cost for uninsured adults. This proposal has not yet been enacted into law.