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Blue Shield Transitions from Third-Party Administrator to Advisory Role for State’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program

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On July 21, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that it will transition Blue Shield of California from its role as third-party administrator to an advisory role as needed. 

CDPH will resume the day-to-day operations and oversight of the state’s COVID -19 vaccination program. Providers, multiple county entities, and local health jurisdictions that are approved for administering the COVID-19 vaccine will continue in the current vaccine ordering process. Blue Shield has released a statement on the transition. 

For questions about future participation with the state to prepare for, order, and receive COVID-19 vaccine allocation, please contact CDPH’s COVID-19 Provider Call Center at or (833) 502-1245, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PT).