SERS Health Care Recipients Do Not Have to Pay for the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines will be given to U.S. residents at no cost. However, vaccination providers can charge an administration fee for giving someone the shot.

If you are enrolled in a SERS health care plan, the vaccine and administration fees are covered.

If you are not enrolled in a SERS health care plan, providers can be reimbursed by your insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay the vaccine administration fee.

If You Are Enrolled in SERS’ Health Care

When receiving the vaccine:

  • Aetna Medicare enrollees need to show their red, white, and blue Medicare ID card. Usually, Aetna Medicare enrollees are told to use their Aetna ID card to pay for medical expenses, but not in this instance.
  • SERS’ AultCare PPO plan enrollees should show their AultCare ID card.
  • SERS’ Aetna Choice POS II enrollees can show their Aetna Choice or Express Scripts ID card.

When Will I Be Able to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Each state is handling the vaccine rollout differently. For information on Ohio’s phased approach at vaccine distribution, visit

Please visit the Ohio Department of Aging’s website for more information regarding access, provider locations, and answers to frequently asked questions.

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