COVID-19 Vaccines: What You Need to Know
We all could use some good news after this last year—and the COVID-19 vaccines are great news. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States were shown to be effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19. So you can feel good about any of them keeping you safe.
3 things to know about the COVID-19 vaccines
- You’re covered for the vaccines at no cost.
In 2021, the U.S. government is providing the vaccine for free, and you won’t pay any costs when you receive the vaccine from a pharmacy, vaccination clinic, or other provider approved by the government.
- All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States met the FDA’s rigorous standards for safety.
COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials, and millions of people in the United States have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine.
- The vaccines were found to be effective in diverse groups of people.
The COVID-19 vaccines were studied across a population of diverse ages, races, and sexes. The vaccines were tested in older adults and communities of color.
Am I covered for the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost?
Yes. In 2021, the U.S. government is providing the vaccine for free, and you won’t pay any costs when you receive the vaccine from a pharmacy, vaccination clinic, or other provider approved by the government. Sign up for a vaccine appointment in Rhode Island.
- If you have a BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plan or Plan 65 – Original Medicare will pay for the vaccine, so please use the Medicare number on your red, white, and blue Medicare card to register for your vaccination appointment and bring the card to your appointment.
- For members of all other BCBSRI plans – Please use your BCBSRI member ID card number.
What if the COVID-19 vaccine provider is out-of-network?
There should be no costs, as the government-approved pharmacy or provider should directly bill BCBSRI or Original Medicare (for members with BCSBRI Medicare Advantage plans and Plan 65). If you do get a bill, please call us for assistance.
Can I choose which type of COVID-19 vaccine I receive?
The type of vaccine available will depend on the geographic location and provider. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States were shown to be effective at preventing serious illness from COVID-19. Your coverage will be the same for all approved COVID-19 vaccines. Sign up for a vaccine appointment in Rhode Island.
What guidelines should I follow if I’ve been fully vaccinated?
Please see these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Can I get a copy of my vaccine record?
Rhode Islanders can now get a copy of their COVID-19 vaccine record through portal.ri.gov/VaccineRecord. From this website, you can search for and print proof of your COVID-19 vaccination. If you need a second dose of vaccine, this record will tell you when you are eligible to get your second dose. Please note that only people who have received their COVID-19 vaccination in Rhode Island will be able to look up their vaccination record online.
If you are having trouble finding your vaccination record or are not able to go online, you can call the Rhode Island Department of Health at (401) 222-8022 for help.