In December 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began issuing Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA issued the EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 11, and the EUA for the Moderna vaccine on December 18. HHSC will add these vaccines to the formulary for the Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Healthy Texas Women (HTW) programs as a pharmacy benefit beginning December 28. VDP will back-date the effective date of formulary coverage to December 11, meaning pharmacy claims with dates of service starting December 11 are allowed starting December 28.
Information about the DSHS Immunization Program Portal, how individuals can apply for a 10-digit National Provider Identifier, and claim processing instructions are available on the Texas Vendor Drug Program website.