COVID-19 vaccines

Frequently asked questions

When and where can I get my vaccine?

The quick answer is: It depends. Every state has a vaccine distribution plan and guidelines, which prioritize who can get the vaccine and when. States are using age, health conditions, type of employment, and other factors to determine who can get the vaccine first. The best way to determine when you can get your vaccine and where you can get one is to visit your state department of health’s website.

If you live in Pennsylvania, the Department of Health’s vaccine rollout plan outlines the state’s phased approach to helping residents get vaccinated. Learn when and where you can get yours. If you live outside of Pennsylvania, visit your state’s health department’s website for more information. The federal Department of Health and Human Services can help too.

You may also contact your healthcare provider’s office to learn more about getting vaccinated. The office may be able to provide additional details about the vaccines’ availability and when you can get yours.

Will a vaccine be covered at no cost to Capital BlueCross members?

Yes. The federal government is covering the cost of the vaccine, and payers (health plans and self-funded groups) must cover the cost of the vaccines’ administration, including the office visit when the vaccine is given. That means Capital BlueCross’ medical and prescription drug benefits will cover those services with no member cost share during the public health emergency.

If members have Capital BlueCross medical and prescription drug coverage, the administration of the vaccine will be covered according to the type of provider from which they receive the vaccine. If a member gets the vaccine from a doctor or other non-pharmacy healthcare professional, the cost of administration and the office visit will be covered by their medical benefits. If a member gets the vaccine from a pharmacy, it will be covered by their prescription drug benefits.

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19, and may also protect people around you. If you have concerns about your unique health situation, Capital BlueCross encourages its members to talk to their doctors about the best choice for them.

Getting vaccinated will also help you be part of the pandemic solution. Vaccines prepare your immune system to fight the virus if you are exposed. Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccine candidates have been reported to be around 95% effective—meaning there was a 95% reduction in the number of cases that would have been expected if the test group had not been vaccinated.

Will the vaccine be mandatory?

The Pennsylvania Department of Health stated that it does not have any plans to make the vaccine mandatory.

Does getting the vaccine make you immune to COVID-19?

At least two of the vaccines have a reported efficacy rate of about 95%. This is a very high efficacy rate -- that means that there was a 95% reduction in the number of cases that would have been expected if the test group had not been vaccinated. While no vaccine is foolproof, the COVID-19 vaccine candidates have reportedly shown promising results of immunity and reduced severity of the illness if a person is not rendered fully immune.