COVID-19 Vaccine

Independent pharmacies are playing an integral role in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly when it comes to maximizing accessibility at the community level. We’re staying in constant contact with the federal government and the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) so we can continue to evolve our resources and share with you the latest information as soon as it becomes available. Based on what we know today, here are our recommendations on what you can do right now in regards to administering the COVID-19 in your pharmacy.

May 4, 2021

1 million doses!

AmerisourceBergen COVID-19 vaccine program hits a major milestone.


As of May 4, we officially surpassed 1 million doses allocated through our Federal Pharmacy Partnership to our independent pharmacies! This achievement means so much to all of us here at Good Neighbor Pharmacy and Elevate Provider Network because not only does it help demonstrate the incredible value and reach of independent pharmacies, but it also shows that independents are nimble and fill patient care gaps that the big chains simply can’t. We have always been a passionate advocate for independent pharmacies, but in the past 14 months, patients throughout the country got to see the strength, compassion, and service that you have always provided to your communities. Let's celebrate this 1 millionth dose together. We worked hard to get independent pharmacies a seat at the table, but you took it from there. So, we owe it all to you — our independent pharmacy members. Your patients are lucky to have you in their corners!

April 24, 2021

FDA and CDC lift recommended pause on Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine use following thorough safety review

Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume. Read more

COVID-19 vaccine implementation guide

This helpful guide covers all the mandatory requirements your pharmacy needs to meet so you can administer the COVID-19 vaccine to your patients. Please complete these steps as soon as possible to ensure you're ready to go when Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins.

CDC-required COVID-19 vaccine training

Learn how to access the training that is required by the CDC to participate in the Good Neighbor Pharmacy/Elevate Provider Network Federal Pharmacy Partnership Strategy for COVID-19 Vaccination for Phase 2.

COVID-19 marketing resources and updates

Find everything you need to communicate with your patients about COVID-19 vaccinations and keep your community engaged as you put an end to the pandemic together.

I got the COVID-19 vaccine sticker

Are you engaging every patient you vaccinate?

The 15-minute waiting period is your chance to connect with prospective patients unlike ever before, so we've put together a guide to help you make the most of this extremely rare post-shot opportunity.

Watch this video to learn best practices for promoting your COVID-19 vaccination services. You’ll also see what marketing resources are available to Good Neighbor Pharmacy members and how your business coach can provide valuable guidance and support as you launch your vaccine offering.
 

Do you have questions about the Good Neighbor Pharmacy/Elevate Provider Network COVID-19 vaccine partnership for Phase 2 distribution?


COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Caremark COVID-19 Vaccine Network – Action Required

You should have received a fax from Caremark on December 11, 2020, regarding their new COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Network that requires your attention if you elect to participate. Your pharmacy location may enroll in the Network at any time; however, Caremark is restricting Network participation to providers that are currently prepared to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure accurate directory listings for their clients and members. Due to Caremark’s specific Network requirements, Elevate is unable to contract on your behalf and your pharmacy will need to contract directly with Caremark.
 
If you elect to enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccination Network, please carefully review the terms and conditions and return the completed form to Caremark via the fax number listed on the Enrollment Form. If you have any questions, please contact CVS Caremark Network Services at 1-866-488-4708.
 
If you need further assistance, please reach out to the Elevate Provider Network Helpdesk at 888-880-1388 or via email.

COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Submission 

Until further notice, funding for the COVID-19 Vaccine will be provided by the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act). Accordingly, pharmacies will not be reimbursed for drug product costs or dispensing fees submitted for federally funded COVID-19 Vaccines. Elevate Provider Network has contracted with PBMs for member pharmacies to receive reimbursement for COVID-19 vaccine administration at the national recommended rates established by CMS.

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Vaccination Implementation

CDC leaders Dr. Nancy Messonnier and Amanda Cohn present “COVID-19 Vaccination Implementation and the ‘Vaccinate with Confidence’ Strategy.” This presentation hosted by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) updates healthcare professionals on the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine planning and implementation, including vaccine distribution strategy, current state planning efforts, and the COVID-19 “Vaccinate with Confidence” strategy.

Independents Join Major Retailers in Gaining Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

AmerisourceBergen has reached an agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to include Good Neighbor Pharmacy and the Elevate Provider Network members in the Federal Pharmacy Partnership Strategy for COVID-19 Vaccination.

COVID-19 Clinical Training and Resources 

A list of immunization training and educational materials, including basic and COVID-19-vaccine-specific information.

COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook

This document serves as an interim playbook for state, territorial (including the US-affiliated Pacific Islands [USAPI] of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau), tribal, and local public health programs and their partners on how to plan and operationalize a vaccination response to COVID-19 within their jurisdictions.

Need additional support?

Please contact us and one of our representatives will reach out to you regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.