May 17, 2021
COVID-19 vaccines are a big step in fighting the pandemic and putting it behind us. If you're wondering what you need to know about the vaccines, here are four important points for you:
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective. The FDA authorized their use after laboratory testing and clinical trials showed the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. They have proven to be up to 95% effective in protecting against COVID-19. Watch tennis legend Billie Jean King talk about the importance of being vaccinated. Read more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
You will not pay anything when you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Your Anthem health plan will cover the cost of getting the vaccine, regardless of the type of health plan you have or the doctor or healthcare facility you visit. Your out-of-pocket cost will be zero.
You can easily find a vaccination site near you. The FDA has authorized three COVID-19 vaccines, and supplies have increased along with the number of vaccination sites. Visit vaccinefinder.org to search for a COVID-19 vaccine near you and schedule your appointment as soon as you can. Your county's health department has the latest information on local vaccine rollouts.
Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are signs that the body’s immune system is working. Side effects may include pain and swelling where you had the injection. You may also feel tired and have chills and fever. These side effects are expected, as with other vaccines, and usually last for a day or two. More severe side effects are rare, and to be safe, you’ll stay for observation about 15 minutes after you receive the vaccine.
Each day, more people continue to be vaccinated against COVID-19. If you haven't received the vaccine yet, make it a priority. Every dose is a step closer to protecting yourself, your family, and your community.
Visit empireblue.com/coronavirus to stay updated about COVID-19 and learn how to care for your mental and physical well-being during this pandemic.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: cdc.gov.