As the immunization process has begun across the country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan bishops are addressing moral questions that have arisen about the Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines. While the three options are in various phases of use and development, the bishops have written that “it is morally permissible to receive the vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna”, especially in light of the “serious health risks” that “are present due to the current pandemic.” The bishops also have reaffirmed the Catholic responsibility to call for vaccines that have no connection to abortion. Read more…
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network remain committed to helping you stay safe and healthy while the nation works to halt the spread of COVID-19 through a mass vaccination effort.
To support this effort, Blue Cross and BCN members can expect to pay $0 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, when available to you.
On Jan. 11, 2021, Michigan moved to the next phase of vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus. In this phase, the vaccine is available to:
- People who are 65 and older
- Police officers and firefighters
- Pre-K through 12 teachers
- Prison and jail officers
- Child care providers
- This is in addition to health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities who were among those in the first phase eligible to be vaccinated
Members Living in Michigan
Currently, demand for the vaccine from those in eligible groups dramatically exceeds current supply in Michigan and elsewhere. We don’t have information as to when this will be resolved. According to the state, the next priority group isn’t expected to begin getting the vaccine until late spring. For the preliminary timeline and more information about the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, visit Michigan.gov.
Members Living Out-of-State
Check vaccine websites and distribution plans within your state, which should be available through state or county public health departments. The eligibility policies, vaccine supplies and other vaccine information can vary from state to state. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 website to get a direct link to state-specific information.