As COVID-19 vaccines begin rolling out across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers and keeping you updated on the latest COVID-19 resources from HHS, CDC and CMS.
CMS is compiling resources and materials to help you share important and relevant information on the COVID- 19 Vaccine. You can find these and more resources on the CMS COVID-19 Policies & Guidance and the HHS COVID Education Campaign page.
Vaccine information for those on Medicare:
You will need 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for it to be effective. When you receive your first dose, make sure to schedule your second dose.
Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, so there will be no cost to you.
The vaccine will help keep you from getting COVID-19. Learn more about the benefits of the vaccine.
Did you know that COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19? They will also not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests. Learn more facts about COVID-19 vaccines.
After Vaccination: A couple of things to keep in mind:
- Side effects can be similar to the flu symptoms, but they should go away in a few days.
- Your body will need time to fully develop protection once you’ve been vaccinated, just like any other vaccine.
- Continue to practice the 3Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash) even after vaccination. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.
Visit CDC.gov for additional trustworthy information on the COVID-19 vaccines.