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California Bridge Access Program

No-cost COVID-19 vaccines for uninsured & underinsured adults

Alerts:

Reminders

  • All vaccine management reports, including Shipment Incidents, Waste, and Excursion reports must be reported through myCAvax. Providers that report in the wrong system (myVFCvaccines) should email the Provider Call Center or call (833) 502-1245 for guidance on removing or updating the incorrect report and to ensure they make the report in myCAvax.
  • BAP providers are contractually obligated to add vaccine availability and are required to display their location on Vaccines.gov. 
  • Bridge Access Program vaccines are visible on Vaccines.gov and eTrueNorth.

Vaccine Updates

Program Updates

Clinical Guidance

Program Overview 

The HHS Bridge Access Program (BAP) for COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments is a temporary measure connected to the commercialization of COVID-19 vaccines and treatment. It was created to prevent loss of access to free COVID-19 vaccines and treatment for uninsured and underinsured aged 19 years and older. The program will end on December 31, 2024. Refer to the CDC’s Bridge Access Program, and the CDPH BAP Requirements at a Glance for more information.

The State program will utilize existing public health infrastructure, HRSA-supported health centers, and participating pharmacies via two major components: 

  1. Provide support for the existing public section vaccine safety net, implemented and maintained by state immunization programs and HRSA-supported health centers. 
  2. Create a funded partnership with pharmacy chains that will enable them to continue offering free COVID-19 vaccinations and treatments. This is a separate component under federal contract with key pharmacy chains. Participating chains will be able to provide COVID-19 vaccines to uninsured adult populations as well. All information on this landing page addresses the public health component. 

Program Resources

Program Enrollment

Local health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)/Rural Health Centers, tribal clinics, Indian Health Services sites, and additional providers deemed eligible by LHDs have been enrolled in the Bridge Access Program. Providers were asked to complete enrollment by October 27,2023. Interested and eligible providers who did not enroll by the deadline should reach out to their LHD and express interest in enrollment. Multi-County Entities (MCEs) and Correctional Facilities do not qualify.    

Enrollment Resources

Vaccine Access, Products & Timing Guides

COVID-19 vaccines are now considered routine vaccines. Moderna, Novavax, and Pfizer-BioNTech adult vaccine products will be available through this program. 

Required Training 

All staff completing the BAP Provider Participation Agreement must complete the required program training in myCAvax before enrollment. Any staff who store, handle, or administer COVID-19 vaccines must also complete COVID-19 Vaccine Product Training prior to receiving vaccine shipments.

Providers administering the Novavax vaccine for the first time must also complete the updated Novavax product training

Provider Operations 

Additional Resources