CDC to offer uninsured free COVID-19 vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week launched a program to provide continued free coverage of COVID-19 vaccines for the roughly 25 to 30 million uninsured and underinsured adults. The vaccines will be available through December 2024 through local health departments and participating health centers and pharmacies. The CDC expects doses to be available in some locations this week, with distribution increasing in the coming weeks. Most other Americans can access free COVID-19 vaccines through their health plans or the Vaccines for Children program. Separately, the department of Health and Human Services announced nine grant awards of $1 million each for up to five years to support existing multidisciplinary long COVID-19 clinics. The grants will expand access to care for people with long COVID. (CDC news release, 9/14/23)