The US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Defense jointly released two documents on Wednesday, outlining the Trump administration’s vaccine delivery strategy amid the coronovirus epidemic. According to a strategic delivery overview, “There is no upfront cost to providers and no out-of-pocket costs to the recipient of the vaccine, the goal being to deliver safe and effective vaccine doses to sites.”
“No American has to pay a single penny for a vaccine,” Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the US Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters Wednesday.
Health care providers will be reimbursed for the cost of delivering the vaccine supplements, but those fees will not be borne by patients and will be paid by commercial insurers or Medicaid instead. For patients who are not insured, the costs will be covered by the Administration Provider Relief Fund.
Officials are still ironing out the details of the insured through Medicare fee-for-service programs. Mango said that at most they would have to pay $ 3.50 per dollar out of pocket, but we are working on that.
Mango stated that until a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized or approved, some details of the plan will not be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
“We’re working in a world of great uncertainty,” he told reporters, “so it’s really a very extraordinary, logically complex undertaking and a lot of uncertainty.”
ABC News’ Sony Salzman contributed to this report.