What Healthcare Personnel Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines
Healthcare personnel continue to be on the front line of the nation’s fight against COVID-19. By providing critical care to those who are or might be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, some healthcare personnel are at increased risk of infection from COVID-19. All healthcare personnel 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 your healthcare administrative staff to determine if a vaccine can be made available to you on site.
- If a vaccine is not available on site, Vaccines.gov can assist with finding vaccination providers near you.
Find a COVID-19 Vaccine: Search vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
Information about COVID-19 Vaccines for Healthcare Professionals
You can help protect yourself and your patients 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 weeks (or 21 days) or 4 weeks (or 28 days) after your first shot.
- Learn more about getting your COVID-19 vaccine.
After getting vaccinated, some people have side effects. Common side effects include:
- Pain, redness or swelling where you get your shot
- Muscle pain
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 you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you may 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 from you if the only service provided is a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Require additional services in order 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.