June 14, 2022
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best and safest ways to protect yourself and everyone around you. Learn about the vaccines, including how your Anthem plan covers your vaccination and how health authorities are ensuring vaccine safety.
1. Anthem members will receive the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.
Anthem members have no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccination during this national public health emergency. This applies to all members, regardless of their type of health plan or the doctor or healthcare professional they choose to visit for COVID-19 vaccination.
2. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved emergency use authorization of booster doses to be given after completion of the primary series (two doses).
Everyone ages 5 and older can receive at least one booster after completing their COVID-19 vaccine primary series. Some people are also eligible to receive a second booster or an additional dose (sometimes called a third shot). Read our blog to learn more about booster shots and additional doses and when you should receive them.
For more details, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
3. The FDA has granted full approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and has limited the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
The primary series of the Pfizer vaccine is approved for the prevention of COVID-19 for individuals 16 years and older. The primary series of the vaccine will continue to be available under emergency use authorization for children ages 5 to 15 years old.
The primary series of the Moderna vaccine also has full approval for use among adults ages 18 and older.
The FDA recently limited use of the J&J vaccine to only individuals ages 18 and older who either can’t receive the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or who opt to receive the J&J vaccine because they otherwise wouldn’t get vaccinated. The new restrictions are due to the risk of a rare but serious type of blood clot from receiving the J&J vaccine. No one has reported similar blood clotting events associated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Researchers have studied vaccine reactions and potential side effects throughout large clinical trials used to authorize each of the three vaccines. The FDA, CDC, and vaccine manufacturers continue to monitor vaccine safety and quality. At this point, data on more than 220 million Americans support the use of these vaccines.
4. All individuals in the U.S. ages 5 and older are eligible for the vaccine.
If you'd like to learn more about the vaccine, visit the CDC website.
Anthem is committed to supporting you and your health. We will keep you updated on the vaccine through the SydneySM Health mobile app and here on our website.
Please visit the CDC website for more information. If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines, please talk to your doctor.
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