Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Employees to Serve at COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Berlin, Vermont, March 10, 2021—Over 20 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employees have eagerly stepped forward to support the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
“As Vermonters serving Vermonters, we are here to do all we can to support the state’s efforts to stop this deadly virus,” says Don George, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.
The vaccine will be free to all Vermonters and any associated administrative costs will be fully covered by insurance. If you don’t have insurance, all administrative costs will be covered by federal funding that has been directed through the Vermont Department of Health.
“We are honored to be assisting the Vermont Department of Health on this critically important initiative and to donate our staff to help roll this out quickly and safely. The response from our staff has been heartfelt and robust. Many of them have stepped forward asking to dedicate one day per week for the next six months on behalf of our fellow Vermonters.” says Dr. Kate McIntosh MD, Senior Medical Director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.
The Vermont Department of Health is requesting resources with two skill sets: clinical skills, such as licensed nurses, physicians, and EMTs, whose qualifications would allow them to administer the vaccinations; and people with administrative skills to help Vermonters navigate the check in process. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont will provide support for both clinical skills as well as administrative skills.
To register for an vaccination appointment, visit Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 page. Given the rise in fraud that is happening around the publicity for the vaccine roll out, never go through a third-party website to register for a vaccine. The Vermont Department of Health will never ask for your social security number, take financial information from you or ask you to pay up front.
When Vermonters register for the vaccine, they will be asked to give their:
- date of birth
- email address, if you have one
- phone number
- primary insurance information. Insurance is not required, and there is no cost for getting the vaccine.
You will also be asked some medical questions about whether you:
- have any history of allergic reaction to vaccines or injectable therapies
- are currently sick with COVID-19
- have recently had any other vaccines
- have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinners
- are pregnant
- are breastfeeding or lactating
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is Vermont’s only local, not-for-profit health plan. For over 70 years, the company has been enhancing the health and well-being of the Vermonters by offering innovative plans to individuals, seniors and businesses. Our employees are dedicated to developing new ways to support high quality care and programs and events that promote wellness. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbsvt.com.
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