What Long-Term Care Facility Residents Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccination

What Long-Term Care Facility Residents Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccination

Residents of long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are at increased risk of infection and severe illness from COVID-19. LTCF residents are adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to people who can’t live independently. The communal nature of these facilities, which often have a population of older adults with underlying medical conditions, puts residents at increased risk. All LTCF residents are recommended to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Tips for How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

If you have not already been vaccinated against COVID-19, you can:

  • Talk to the LTCF staff to determine if a vaccine can be made available to you on site.
  • Ask a family member or friend to help you schedule a vaccination appointment if a vaccine is not available on site. VaccineFinderexternal icon can assist with finding vaccination providers near you.

Information About COVID-19 Vaccines for LTCF Residents and Family Members

You can help protect yourself and the people around you by getting a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available.

  • Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
  • A COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
  • Depending on the kind of COVID-19 vaccine you get, you might need a second shot 3 or 4 weeks after your first shot.

After getting vaccinated, some people have side effects. Common side effects include:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more about possible side effects and what to expect after getting your COVID-19 vaccine.

After vaccination, you or your caregiver will receive a vaccination record card. For some COVID-19 vaccines, two shots are needed to provide the most protection, and the shots are given several weeks apart. The vaccination record card can ensure you receive the correct vaccine for the second dose (if needed).

After you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you might be able to start doing some things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Learn more about what you can do when you have been fully vaccinated.

You will not need to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination providers cannot:

  • Require payment for the vaccine.
  • Require payment for any administration fees, copays, or coinsurance.
  • Deny vaccination to anyone who does not have health insurance coverage, is underinsured, or is out of network.
  • Require a payment for an office visit or other fee to you if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Require additional services for you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine; however, additional healthcare services can be provided at the same time and billed as appropriate.

COVID-19 vaccination providers can:

  • Seek appropriate reimbursement from your plan or program (e.g., private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid) for a vaccine administration fee.
  • However, providers cannot charge you the balance of the bill.

Scam Alert: If anyone asks you to pay for access to a COVID-19 vaccine, it is likely a scam. Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to a vaccine for an extra fee.