COVID Vaccine

Posted December 17, 2020

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. 

State governments are handling the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The Office of the Governor’s website has information about the vaccine in Maine including vaccine clinic locations.

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 for additional trustworthy information on the COVID-19 vaccines.

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