Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers To Enroll To Provide COVID-19 Vaccine
With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuing two
Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for COVID-19 vaccines, the Department of Health (department) is working with health care providers who wish to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccine provider. COVID-19 vaccines are the latest tool available to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.
Who Should Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider?
The department encourages any provider who is credentialed or licensed in Pennsylvania to vaccinate individuals to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccine provider. The department's Division of Immunizations already works with provider partners through Pennsylvania's Immunizations Programs (e.g., Vaccines for Children, TotTrax). The department is also working with new provider partners to promote the success of the COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Pennsylvania.
If I Am Already a Vaccines for Children Provider, Do I Need To Enroll To Become a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider?
Yes, any provider who wishes to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program must submit a COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement (link provided below), regardless of whether they already work with the department to administer other vaccines.
What Type of Providers Can Vaccinate?
Providers must be credentialed or licensed in Pennsylvania to vaccinate individuals. A full list of the credentialed and licensed provider types in Pennsylvania authorized to administer vaccination is available on the
department's website. The list includes doctors, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and others.
Which Providers Are Receiving Vaccine First?
Pennsylvania published the
COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan, which uses a phased approach for vaccination. Due to the limited supply of vaccine currently available, the department is taking a targeted approach to enrolling COVID-19 vaccine providers. The department is first enrolling and allocating vaccine to those providers working in hospitals, health systems, FQHCs and pharmacies who can reach Phase 1A populations as defined in the interim plan. Phase 1A prioritizes health care personnel and persons who live and work in long-term care facilities.
As the department receives more vaccine and works through the Phase 1A priority groups, it will be looking for additional providers to assist in vaccinating first responders, critical workers, older adults, high-risk populations, and eventually the general public.
How Can I Enroll as a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider?
There are a number of steps to the enrollment process, including that the provider be enrolled and trained in the use of the Pennsylvania Statewide Immunization Information System (PA-SIIS) specifically for the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. In order to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider in Pennsylvania, a provider must also:
What is PA-SIIS?
PA-SIIS is the Pennsylvania Statewide Immunization Information System through which information regarding the administration of a number of vaccines must be submitted. PA-SIIS is used to report information for measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and other vaccines.
What Are the Reporting Requirements for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has issued an
order which requires providers administering the COVID-19 vaccine to submit information on individuals vaccinated to the department within 24 hours. This allows the department to track information on who has received the vaccine.
Can I Bill Insurance for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
COVID-19 vaccines will be available at no cost to individuals. A vaccine administration fee may be charged to the recipient's insurance or to the Medical Assistance program. However, lack of insurance or other health care coverage will not be a barrier to receiving the vaccine. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be reimbursing providers for the cost of vaccinating uninsured individuals. In addition, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has
released a set of toolkits to providers about the vaccine and reimbursement options through Medicare.
More information regarding COVID-19 vaccine coverage is available in an FAQ on the
Pennsylvania Insurance Department's website.
Is a Standing Order Required To Order COVID-19 Vaccines?
In an effort to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine, HHS has authorized state-licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to patients aged 3 years and older. For other licenses or certifications, their ability to order the vaccine will be dependent on their license or certification and a standing order may be necessary. Of note, however, at this time the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine may be administered to individuals aged 16 and older, and the Moderna vaccine, to individuals aged 18 and older.
Where Can I Get More Information About the COVID-19 Vaccines?
Johnson & Johnson (Janssen): https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/janssen-covid-19-vaccine
Resources for More Information
FAQs for Providers:
Information about the vaccines from PA Insurance Department:
Date created: 1/4/2021; Date updated: 3/31/2021