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Vaccines against COVID-19

We understand you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Connecticut has expanded eligibility to all residents 12 and older. For the most up to date information, visit your city or state’s COVID-19 vaccine sites: Connecticut,  Massachusetts, New York City, and New York state. You can also find trusted information on vaccine safety, doses, and more on the CDC’s webpage.

Availability

The FDA has authorized three vaccines for COVID-19, and more may be authorized in the coming months. State governments are distributing vaccines based on CDC advice. Visit your city or state’s COVID-19 vaccine sites for information: Connecticut,  Massachusetts, New York City, and New York state .

Most providers will ask you to schedule your first and second vaccination at the same time, and will help you set up reminders via text, email, or phone call about your second dose. The Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, however, is only one dose.

You can visit your city or state’s COVID-19 vaccine sites for information on how to be vaccinated: Connecticut,  Massachusetts, New York City, and New York state

We will continue to inform and guide our members when it comes to COVID-19 prevention and care. Please take a moment to check your contact information by signing in to the secure member website at connecticare.com. Be sure to confirm or update your email address and your mobile phone number.

You can also call us at the number on your member ID card. A Customer Service representative will be happy to help update your records.

If your doctor has a patient portal, you’ll want to be sure you are registered and that your contact information is correct.

All residents 16 and over are eligible for a vaccine in Connecticut. Residents 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine at some locations. For the most up-to-date information, you can visit the Connecticut website.

All residents 16 and over are eligible for a vaccine in Massachusetts. Residents 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine at some locations. For the most up-to-date information, you can visit the Massachusetts website.

The CDC recommends that people who have recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated. Experts don’t know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. You should wait 90 days before getting a COVID vaccine if you were treated with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma. It’s important to keep practicing hand hygiene, mask wearing, and avoiding crowds whenever possible. Stay up to date on current vaccine guidance on the CDC’s webpage.

It’s important to have a conversation with your doctor about the vaccines and if they are right for you and your family. When you or your child have an opportunity to be vaccinated, make sure to speak with your doctor to discuss family and personal health history to help you decide. You can stay up to date on current vaccine guidance on the CDC’s webpage.

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Coverage

The FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines will be covered under your plan. In some situations, the government may cover the vaccine cost. Members will pay $0 out-of-pocket for both doses of the vaccine they receive. This applies whether you visit health care providers in or out of our network.

When publicly available, members will pay $0 out-of-pocket at both in- and out-of-network providers to be vaccinated. That means no copays, deductibles, or coinsurance will apply.

You can find more coverage and benefit updates due to COVID-19.

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Protecting yourself

The best ways to help keep you and your family safe from COVID-19 are to:

  • Get vaccinated.
  • Wash your hands often and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others. Remember to check your state’s guidance on wearing masks in public spaces.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of your household.
  • Monitor your health for any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Viruses commonly change through mutation and new variants are expected over time. The new variants of COVID-19 are reported to spread more easily and quickly. Scientists are working hard to learn more about them.

Early reports found no evidence to suggest that the variant has an impact on the vaccine’s intended results (efficacy). Preliminary research released from the makers of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines show that the vaccine provides some protection from the new COVID-19 variants.

It’s important to continue taking some precautions. Getting both doses of either vaccine on time is just one of the ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. After getting the vaccine, the best ways to help keep you and your family safe from COVID-19 are to:

  • Wash your hands often and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others. Remember to check your state’s guidance on wearing masks in public spaces.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least six feet away from people outside of your household.
  • Monitor your health for any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

The precautions you take depend on your personal circumstances, vaccination status, and state rules. Visit your state’s COVID sites for updates to guidance.

Getting both doses of the vaccine on time is just one of the ways you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, however, is only one dose. The CDC recently updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people. You are fully vaccinated when you have:

  • Received both vaccine doses (The Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, however, is only one dose.) and
  • It has been at least two weeks since your last dose.

You can find the most up to date recommendations on the CDC’s website. You should always check your state’s guidance for specific instructions.

You can see if you are in a category of people eligible to receive a vaccine by visiting the website for your state or city: Connecticut,  Massachusetts, New York City, and New York state

You can find trusted information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including safety, doses, and more on the CDC’s webpage

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