Why should I get a COVID-19 vaccine once one is available for me specifically?
A safe and effective vaccine will help reduce the chance that you get sick from COVID-19 and may help to reduce the spread of the virus. By getting vaccinated, you may conserve healthcare resources and help a return to more normal day-to-day activities, including work and school. Many thousands of people of varying age, race, ethnicity, and different medical conditions have participated in the clinical trials to see how effective and safe COVID-19 vaccines are. Illness from this virus can be severe in some people, leading to hospitalization and potentially, death. If you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, talk to your healthcare provider.
When the FDA has authorized a vaccine for emergency use, the FDA has determined that the benefits of a vaccine outweigh the risk.
How can members find a COVID-19 vaccine in their state?
Members can go to this page on the CDC web site and scroll down to the section to find COVID-19 vaccines near them. Also, this page can help members find pharmacies expected to provide the vaccine.
Will members have to pay for the vaccine?
No. Under the CARES Act, there will be $0 member cost share for the vaccine and its administration during the national public health emergency regardless of whether members get the vaccine in or out of network.
How do I know the new COVID-19 vaccines are safe once available?
Government and private companies are working together to develop safe and effective vaccines. Researchers are using past research on similar viruses and combining resources to reduce the time it historically has taken to research, develop, and produce vaccines.
Many thousands of people of varying age, race, ethnicity, and different medical conditions have participated in the trials to see how effective and safe they are. The FDA and outside experts carefully review all of the clinical trial data when weighing approval of any new drug or vaccine. When the FDA has approved a vaccine for emergency use, the FDA has determined that the benefits of a vaccine outweigh the risk.
Can people get the vaccine if they’ve already had COVID-19?
Yes, people can get the vaccine if they’ve already had the infection. Because some evidence suggests that people previously infected can be re-infected, they may benefit from vaccination. For this reason, vaccination should be offered to people regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection.