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COVID-19 Vaccination Information

The FDA has granted emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is a positive first step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic!

Now that a vaccine is approved, the following may help answer some questions you may have:

  • Each state will determine how the COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed so most people will not be eligible to get the vaccine on the first day it’s available.
  • In most states, the COVID-19 vaccine will first be made available to frontline healthcare workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities.
  • It’s important to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has gone through rigorous testing, received emergency use authorization through the FDA, and is perhaps the best hope for ending the pandemic.
  • Keep doing what you’re doing to stay safe and healthy. Even though a COVID-19 vaccine is available, following current safety guidelines is still essential. Remember to wear a face mask, continue social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.

For additional information about COVID-19 vaccines and how they could affect you, visit the CDC website.

Testing Information

Because testing kits are in short supply and resources to handle a huge volume of coronavirus tests are not available, please read this information to help determine if you need to be tested.

Looking for information on testing sites in your area? Click on link below to access health departments links in all 50 states, 8 US territories and freely associated states, and the District of Columbia.

Locate your state health department for testing sites

When Should I Get Tested?

If you have questions or concerns about whether you should receive a test for COVID-19, your physician or healthcare provider will be able to make that recommendation based on your specific circumstances (for example, your age, any chronic conditions that you have, your health history, where you live, etc.)

COVID-19 Scams to Be Aware Of

Unfortunately, there have been many reports of fraudulent acts related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. We want to help you stay safe and aware by informing you of some of the scams you need to be on the lookout for:

  • Door-to-door solicitation for COVID-19 testing and prescribing
  • Phone calls asking for your insurance information for free testing and/or services
  • Outreach from healthcare workers offering to send you an at-home test kit
  • False advertisements for vaccinations or medications to treat COVID-19
  • Unexplained or unauthorized lab tests or prescription appearing on your Claims statement (Explanation of Benefits/EOB)
  • Advertisements offering health products that are unsuccessful against treating COVID-19 (i.e. herbal teas, supplements, oils or ointments)
  • Fraudulent emails referencing “Coronavirus” or “COVID-19,” which contain malicious

Tips to avoid getting COVID-19

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not your hand

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing

Stay home if sick, and stay home for at least 24 hours after the last signs of fever

If you have been DIAGNOSED with COVID-19

  • Stay home and away from others in your household
  • Call before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a face mask whenever possible
  • Clean surfaces that are touched often as much as possible. Examples include counter tops, doorknobs, telephones, toys, bathroom fixtures and keyboards
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw tissues away in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands afterwards
  • Clean your hands often
  • Monitor your symptoms

COVID-19 Trusted Resources

The best resources for all COVID-19 information: