If you are eligible to receive your COVID-19 vaccine and have scheduled an appointment, keep the following in mind:
Check with Your Provider
If you scheduled a vaccination appointment with your provider, make sure to contact them to discuss any questions you may have about office procedures or billing before your visit.
The federal government will cover the cost of the vaccine and the administration fee. An administration fee is the fee healthcare providers charge to give the vaccine. You should not be charged out-of-pocket costs or receive a bill from your provider for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is true if you have private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare or if you do not have insurance.
Office Visit Fee
You should not be charged for an office visit for receiving the vaccine only. If you plan to have other services performed, you may be charged for an office visit. Seek clarification from your provider beforehand and from your insurance company if you are charged an office visit fee.
See our FAQ for more information.
Timing with Other Vaccinations
It’s important that you do not receive any other vaccinations right before you receive your COVID-19 vaccine. You need to wait two weeks after receiving any kind of vaccine before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, you need to wait at least two weeks after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine before getting any other vaccine. Each vaccine requires up to two weeks to produce the desired response. The COVID-19 vaccine has not been tested to see how receiving another vaccine in a shorter time frame could impact the immune response.
Bottom line—it is best to plan your COVID-19 vaccine so that you do not receive another vaccine either two weeks before or two weeks after.
What to Bring
Be sure to check with the clinic to make sure you have everything you need. You may be asked to bring your photo ID (or proof of residence) and fill out a consent form. If you are receiving your second dose, you may be asked to bring proof of vaccination.
Schedule Your Next Dose
If you received your first dose of vaccine, make sure to schedule your second dose before you leave. Both currently available COVID-19 vaccines have a second booster dose.
Sign Up for V-Safe
Make sure to sign up for v-safe. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It can also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Learn more.
Continue Following Precautions
Getting everyone vaccinated will go a long way in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19; however, the pandemic won’t end overnight. It will still be important to practice COVID-19 precautions:
- Wear a mask
- Stay six feet apart
- Wash your hands
- Keep gatherings small
Federal and state health officials have cautioned that just because you get a vaccine, it doesn’t mean you are completely immune. Vaccine makers have shown that their vaccines have high rates of effectiveness, but they are not perfect. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has a 95% efficacy rate, while the Moderna vaccine has shown a 94% efficacy rate. This means that some people can still get the virus even after being vaccinated and we do not yet know how long immunity will last for each vaccine.
Due to the way that vaccines are being distributed, not everyone will be able to be immunized right away and some people may not be able to be immunized at all due to health issues. It will also take some time for our community to achieve the vaccinated level we need to reach herd immunity.
Please continue to practice precautions.