COLUMBIA, S.C. – Centra Health will expand access to vaccines to the nearly 3.7 million people who are infected with COVID – the first of its kind in the country.
CentraCare, the third largest healthcare provider in the U.S., will provide up to 80% of the vaccines in the next 12 months to people who don’t have insurance.
The company will also offer the vaccines at no cost to those who do have insurance and cover 100% of cost of vaccines, according to Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Director of Global Health Dr. Michael Boudreaux.
“We will do everything possible to expand access, including through new partnerships with state and local governments, to ensure everyone can access vaccine coverage in their communities,” Boudres said in a statement.
“In addition, we will be expanding our partnerships with organizations like the Centers for Disease Prevention and Prevention to ensure that we can make a significant impact in communities across the country.”
CentaCare announced Tuesday that it has contracted with three vaccine suppliers in Texas, California and Maryland to supply 100% coverage for the vaccines.
The vaccine is manufactured by Novartis, a U.K.-based biotechnology company.
“We are proud to announce that we are working with the leading provider of vaccine production in the United States, CentraHealth,” said Centare CEO Brian Pate.
“We are confident that we have the best vaccine on the market today and we are committed to working with our partners to accelerate the availability of vaccines to as many people as possible.”
The U.N. said Monday that the U,S.
is the second largest producer of COVID vaccines after China, and has more than 100% availability of COVA-19 vaccine for the U., according to the U.N.’s International Programme on Vaccine Access and Capacity.
Earlier this month, the Centers For Disease Control announced that it will provide vaccines to over 300,000 U.s. citizens in Texas in December.
This article has been corrected to reflect that Centaur has not yet begun manufacturing vaccine in the state.