Info on Covid Vaccines from Humana

December 21, 2020

COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccines are an important tool to help communities fight the spread of COVID-19 and help people stay healthy. However, widespread availability of a vaccine likely will not occur for many months. Therefore, it is critically important to continue following the advice of health professionals in order to minimize the chances of catching or spreading the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing masks, practicing social distancing and washing your hands remain the best protections against the virus.

1.     Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?

Yes. A vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech has recently received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States, meaning that it can be made available to the public during the pandemic. There is one other vaccine awaiting EUA approval, and several others in earlier stages of development.

 

2.     When will a vaccine be widely available?

According to the CDC, “There will be a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020, but supply will continually increase in the weeks and months that follow. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities are available.”

 

3.     When will I be able to get the vaccine?

Because there will be a limited supply initially, the CDC has recommended that healthcare workers who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19, and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, be the first groups to receive vaccines. The CDC is expected to give recommendations soon about the next groups that will be prioritized for vaccine access. In general, we expect that priority will be given to the most vulnerable—including essential workers and those who fall into high-risk categories due to age or underlying conditions. Younger and healthier groups will likely be eligible to get the vaccine following those with higher priority. Note that states are developing their own prioritization plans based on the CDC’s recommendations, so eligible groups may vary somewhat from state to state.

For the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC’s website, opens new window.

 

4.     Where will I be able to get the vaccine once it becomes available for me?

At this time, the specific locations where you will be able to receive the vaccine are still uncertain. However, according to the CDC, “The plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers available, including doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.”

 

5.     Is the vaccine safe?

According to the CDC, “The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, opens new window.”

 

6.     Are there any side effects?

To see the latest from the CDC on what to expect after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html, opens new window

 

7.     How is it administered? How many doses will I need?

The COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered via injection. Most will require two doses to be effective, including the vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech that has recently received Emergency Use Authorization. That vaccine will require two shots, administered about 21 days apart.

 

8.     What if I am high risk or have a specific medical condition?

If you have concerns due to your health status or a specific medical condition, consult with your doctor about whether the vaccine is appropriate for you and the safest way to get it.

If you have an underlying or chronic medical condition, make sure you are in communication with your doctor during this pandemic. Getting these conditions well-managed—by staying on top of your preventive and regular medical care—will help to manage your health risk during this pandemic. This is one of the best ways to protect yourself while awaiting the availability of the vaccine.

 

9.     Will Humana cover the cost of the vaccine?

Yes. All FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines will be covered at no additional cost for Humana members during the public health emergency. Coverage applies no matter where you get the vaccine—including at both in-network and out-of-network providers. It also covers instances in which 2 vaccine doses are required.

 

For the latest information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit the CDC’s website, opens new window.

 

 

Newjen Yousif, MA

Provider Engagement Executive

East Central Market|Michigan