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California Bridge Access Program

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


Vaccine Management

Program Updates

Clinical Guidance

Program Overview 

The Department of Health and Human Services (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 California state program will utilize existing public health infrastructure, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-supported health centers, and participating pharmacies (which will continue to offer free COVID-19 vaccinations and treatment). 

The program will end in August, 2024. Refer to the CDC’s Bridge Access Program, and the CDPH BAP Requirements at a Glance for more information. 

Program Resources

Program Enrollment

Local Health Departments (LHD), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)/Rural Health Centers, tribal clinics, Indian Health Services (IHS) 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