With a recent emergency use authorization (EUA) granted to the first COVID-19 vaccine and another one expected at press time, states and the federal government this week began rolling out the vaccine to health care workers across the country. While health plans, particularly those that serve high-risk individuals such as dual-eligible Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries, may be ideally situated to coordinate care and update members on vaccination opportunities, there are gaps in the current delivery system that could negatively impact the success of the rollout, one expert warns. And with many older adults not included in the first phase, it may fall to Medicare Advantage plans to ensure that seniors are informed about when and how to access the vaccine.
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