Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Independent Grocery

January 3, 2022



End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

In January, the Biden Administration announced the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency was to come to an end on May 11th. Independent grocers should take note of some of the major changes outlined below:

  • Private Insurance is no longer required to cover COVID-19 vaccines, tests, or out-of-network vaccines.
  • Medicaid and CHIP cost-sharing will resume for COVID-19 vaccines and tests.
  • While Medicare telehealth flexibilities have been extended until December 2024, Medicaid and Chip telehealth are now subject to a patchwork of state laws.

For more information regarding the policy changes caused by the end of the public health emergency, please refer to KFF’s issue brief.



CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population

White House: President Biden Announces New Actions to Protect Americans and Help Communities and Hospitals Battle Omicron

CDC Statement on B.1.1.529 (Omicron variant)

CDC Information on COVID-19 Variants

Community-Based Testing Sites for COVID-19 (

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine Near You (

Updated Decision Tool for COVID-19 Case Scenarios

State Health Department Resources

CDC Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

EPA List of Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Vaccine Incentives by State (National Governors Association)

Department of Labor: Coronavirus Resources

EEOC: What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws

State OSHA Plans and Workplace Guidance for COVID-19

FDA COVID-19 Resources

USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Coronavirus Resources

SNAP COVID-19 Emergency Allotments Guidance

State Guidance on COVID-19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

FMCSA Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions, and Permits

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce (CISA)

COVID-19 Relief Optios for Small Businesses (SBA)