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What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

We're committed to helping you and your family stay informed, safe and well

Winter is looking more hopeful than ever. COVID-19 vaccinations are currently underway with vaccine distribution for residents being led at the state level in a phased-in approach. We know you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and we’re committed to helping you and your family stay informed, safe and well.

The COVID-19 vaccine helps the body develop immunity from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine provides you protection from COVID-19. It is important to note that you cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine itself.

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. We encourage our members to get vaccinated when they are eligible.

How much does the vaccine cost?

The COVID-19 vaccine is covered by the federal government and will be provided free of charge to the public. There is no cost associated for Tufts Health Plan members, including out-of-pocket fees or copayments related to the COVID-19 vaccine administration. All health care provider sites that receive COVID-19 vaccines must agree not to charge patients any out-of-pocket fees or deny anyone vaccination services.

When is the vaccine going to be available to me?

Early supplies of the vaccine are limited, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that most high-risk groups should have the opportunity to be vaccinated over the coming months. Based on the CDC recommendation, initial supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to health care personnel and long-term care facility residents, followed by frontline essential workers. Each state has issued a phased approach to prioritize its high-risk community members. As vaccine availability increases in each state, the timelines of distribution will expand to include more individuals. You can check with your local health department for more information on when you will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

Where can I get the vaccine?

Once the vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have it available to be administered in doctors’ offices, select retail pharmacies, hospitals and federally qualified health centers. You can also check with your primary care provider.

Where can I learn more?

You’ll find other important FAQs about the vaccine on our COVID-19 Resource Center. You can also learn more about access to other health care services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including no costs to members for medically necessary COVID-19 testing and in-person treatments. We encourage you to call the number on your ID card with any questions related to your health benefits.