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How much does a COVID-19 vaccine cost?

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The COVID-19 vaccines are no longer provided by the federal government for free, but private insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid, and some Centers for Disease Control and Prevention programs will cover them.

The CDC’s Bridge Access Program provides free vaccines to adults without health insurance and those whose insurance doesn’t pick up all of the cost, through local health centers, health care providers and certain retail pharmacies. The Vaccines for Children Program provides free vaccines for kids who are either Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, underinsured, or American Indian or Alaska Native. See the CDC’s website for more information on where to get vaccines through the VFC.

Vaccines.gov provides information on where to get the vaccines, including locations that participate in the Bridge Access Program. In addition to pharmacies, the updated vaccines may be available at doctors’ offices.