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California Bridge Access Program

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


Vaccine Updates

Clinical Guidance

Program Overview 

On April 18, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the HHS Bridge Access Program (BAP) for COVID-19 Vaccines and Treatments. The BAP 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 begin September 2023 and will end on December 31, 2024. More detailed information can be found at the CDC’s Bridge Access Program Page, and in the CDPH BAP Requirements at a Glance

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 are able to enroll in the Bridge Access Program. Eligible providers who are NOT already enrolled in myCAvax should reach out to CDPH at to first enroll in myCAvax, and then BAP. CDPH is actively working with LHDs to determine eligible sites and will contact eligible sites directly with enrollment instructions. Multi-County Entities (MCEs) and Correctional Facilities do not qualify.  

Once enrollment procedures are finalized and locations are chosen, the CDC will provide each state with a list of approved BAP providers and post a list of enrolled providers on their website.  

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. Products and formulations are to be determined pending FDA approval this fall. Providers will be notified when these resources are updated after new vaccine products are authorized and bivalent products are deauthorized. 

Required Training 

All staff completing the BAP Provider Participation Agreement will 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. Note: Training for new fall 2023 vaccine products coming soon. 

Provider Operations 

Additional Resources