Primary care providers (PCPs) in Colorado have direct, meaningful relationships with patients they work hard to cultivate and maintain, and are a safe and trusted place to discuss the benefits and risks of COVID-19 vaccines. Starting September 2, 2021, primary care providers can receive grant funding ranging from up to $60,000 to $120,000 (depending on practice size) to support the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. See below for details on the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program and how to apply.
What is the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program and Who is Eligible?
The COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program is funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and administered by the Colorado Health Institute (CHI). The program provides primary care practices up to $60,000 to $120,000 (depending on practice size) to support administration of COVID-19 vaccine.
To be eligible, organizations must be a:
- Primary care practice* with fewer than 500 clinicians**** across all clinical sites that have begun the COVID-19 vaccine provider enrollment process or are already an enrolled COVID-19 vaccine provider. A practice can apply on behalf of one to five clinical sites** per application; OR
- Primary care practice with more than 500 clinicians across all clinical sites that has been directly invited to apply to the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program and has begun the COVID-19 vaccine provider enrollment process or is already an enrolled COVID-19 vaccine provider; OR
- Practice transformation organization*** (PTO) with written consent to apply on behalf of a primary care practice that has begun the COVID-19 vaccine provider enrollment process or is already an enrolled COVID-19 vaccine provider. PTOs can apply on behalf of one to five clinical sites per application.
How much funding is available?
Total amount of funding available to each clinical site is dependent on size, as follows:
- Clinical sites with one - three PCPs^ are eligible for up to $60,000;
- Clinical sites with four - eight PCPs^ are eligible for up to $90,000;
- Clinical sites with more than nine PCPs^ are eligible for up to $120,000.
* Primary care practice is an organization with single or multiple clinical sites that employs full or part-time Doctors of Medicine, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, or equivalent providers to provide family medicine, pediatric care, primary care, geriatric care, and/or general internal medicine. These may include medical groups/private practices, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), community health centers, safety net clinics, migrant or refugee health centers, STD/HIV clinic health centers, tribal health centers, student health centers, university health centers, school-based health centers, general obstetrics and gynecology, and Indian Health Service locations (IHS).
** Clinical Site (site) is a separate location where a Primary Medical Practice administers care.
*** Practice transformation organization (PTO) is an organization that aids in the process of change in a health care setting and delivery of high-quality primary care. PTOs may only apply on behalf of primary care practices with the practice’s written consent.
**** Clinician is defined as a full or part-time physician, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or physician assistant.
^ Primary care provider (PCP) is defined as a full or part-time Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), nurse practitioner (NP), physician assistant (PA), clinical nurse specialist, or equivalent provider of family medicine, pediatric care, primary care, geriatric care, and/or general internal medicine.
How does the application process work?
The Colorado Health Institute will review applications to ensure applicants meet eligibility criteria. The application opens on September 2, 2021, and payments will be issued on a rolling basis until CDPHE disperses all available funds. Applications close December 1, 2021. Funding is available on a first come, first-served basis, so we encourage early submission.
Applicant primary care practices must ensure all clinical sites that they are applying on behalf of (up to five clinical sites per application) have at least started the process to become COVID-19 vaccine providers at the time of application if they are not already fully enrolled COVID-19 vaccine providers.
How do I start the process to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider?
To begin the process, please email both firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com in one email with the subject line “COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program COVID-19 Provider Enrollment”, to express interest in enrolling as a COVID-19 vaccine provider. Please click here for more information.
- CDPHE resources for providers regarding providing COVID-19 vaccinations.
- CDPHE toolkit for providers.
- CDPHE Covid-19 Vaccine Primary Care webinar.
- Practices can order as little as a single vial of vaccine, and cold storage requirements are not as stringent.
- Medical assistants can administer the vaccines under a physician’s delegation - physicians are not required to do it themselves.
- The State may reimburse up to $3,500 for the purchase of a compliant storage unit, and offers free digital trackers for storage unit temperatures. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Medicaid reimburses at $41.18 per dose and HRSA will reimburse for uninsured patients.
To ask CDPHE about COVID-19 vaccine provider enrollment, please contact email@example.com.
For questions about the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program, please contact the Colorado Health Institute, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. If any of the clinical sites included in your application is not yet an enrolled COVID-19 vaccine provider, the site must have begun the application process with CDPHE before the practice as a whole may apply to the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program, but does not need to be enrolled in the CDPHE program.
For help with your COVID-19 vaccine provider application, please email both email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org in one email with the subject line “COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program COVID-19 Provider Enrollment”. For help applying for the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program, please contact email@example.com.
Yes, each clinical site the practice applied on behalf of must order any initial doses before the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program will make payments.
Yes, you may submit an application. Once you order initial doses of vaccine, you will become eligible for COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program funding.
The COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program will disburse funds to accepted applicants on a first come, first-served basis, so we encourage early submission.
Practices with more than 500 clinicians (full or part time) across all clinical sites must be invited to be eligible to participate. All other practices may have up to 500 clinicians (full or part time) across all clinical sites to be eligible for the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program. Clinicians are defined as full or part-time physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, or physician assistants.
The COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program aims to reduce barriers that primary care clinics face when ordering and administering COVID-19 vaccines. Colorado’s smallest clinics experience some of the biggest barriers, such as a limited staff capacity, technology infrastructure, and space in their clinics. That said, our large health systems are essential providers for Coloradans. That’s especially true in rural parts of the state where communities may only have one or two options for primary care. To ensure equitable access to vaccines, the COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program will invite individual clinics of large health systems to apply for funding in the highest need areas of the state.
Yes, practices and organizations that have already received funding related to COVID-19 are still eligible for COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program funding.
The COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccination Program will operate for a maximum of six months from September 2, 2021 until February 28, 2022, or until all grant funding is expended, whichever is first. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until December 1, 2021, or earlier if funds have been exhausted. Early application is encouraged.
It depends. Each primary care practice can apply on behalf of up to five clinical sites per application. If you have more than five clinical sites, you will need to submit additional applications.
No. As a condition of enrollment as a COVID-19 vaccine provider, your practice sites must enroll in CIIS.
Yes, each organization may apply on behalf of up to 5 sites per application.
If you are a primary care provider that provides care at any of the following organizations, you are not eligible to apply. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Department of Corrections, Jails, and Prisons
- Nursing homes
- Specialty clinics such as allergy, orthopedics.
- Pharmacies, including retail pharmacies
- Local Public Health Agencies
- Schools (School-based health centers are eligible)