SAN FRANCISCO — Hospitals and clinics across the United States and Canada are beginning to offer a free vaccine to help prevent coronavirus infections.
In an effort to reduce transmission in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday that all U.N. and other government-funded health facilities will begin providing a free COVI-19 vaccination on Jan 6, the day of the coronaviruses last flare-up.
The CDC estimates the vaccine will prevent about 1.8 million infections.
It will cost $5.50 a dose.
“The new COVID vaccine is an important first step toward providing the public with a reliable, affordable vaccine to prevent the spread of coronavirence,” said Dr. Robert Walker, deputy director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
If a patient gets a vaccine in time, they can receive it at home and at a later time.
This is the first time a federal health facility has announced it is offering the vaccine at the same time as coronaviral coronavovirus (CoV) infections in the community.
At the CDC, COVID vaccines have been available for some time and the first vaccine was given to more than 1 million people in 2016, when more than 6 million people had been vaccinated.
Some of the clinics and health facilities that will offer the vaccine include:The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is in charge of administering the vaccine;