COVID-19 Vaccination

Where to Get Detailed Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly. Check back regularly for updates on how we can help you stay well.

Going about our daily lives in the midst of a pandemic has been a challenge. Now, new vaccines are on the way. Or they may have already arrived where you live.

These are new vaccines for a new disease, so it’s understandable to have questions.

  • Why do I need a vaccine?

  • How do they work and are there side effects?

  • How does vaccination affect the spread of COVID-19 in my community?

See answers to common questions from StayWell

Safety and Efficacy of Vaccines

  • Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are some of the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States. They train our bodies to trigger an immune response to the disease, and don't affect or interact with our DNA in any way.

  • Vaccine development process was informed by decades of research and large-scale clinical trials with thousands of participants.

  • After two required doses, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have a 94% to 95% efficacy rate of protection against COVID-19.

Source: CVS Health

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When Can I Get Vaccinated?

Distribution of and access to vaccination is complicated. The Federal Government and the CDC are publishing recommendations for COVID-19 vaccinations. However, each state is responsible to determine their own distribution approach. 

For example, Minnesota classifies firefighters in Phase 1a and they can receive the vaccine now. Other states classify firefighters into Phase 1b. 

View current State COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Populations (Kaiser Foundation)

No Cost for COVID-19 Vaccines During the Public Health Emergency

As the vaccine becomes available, individuals will have various access points to receive it. Regardless of where you get the vaccine, there is no cost to you. Options may include:

  • Health Care Provider/Physician’s Office

  • Local Pharmacy

  • State Distribution Center

Talk to your health care provider, including your doctor or pharmacist. If you are enrolled in the medical plan, you can contact your BCBSIL Health Advocate for guidance by calling the number on your member ID card.Be aware of scammers.

Criminals are using COVID-19 as a chance to commit health care fraud. Be wary if you get a call about COVID-19 and guard your private information.
Reminder, the Farm Credit Foundations Medical Plan will cover 100% of testing and treatment costs for you and your eligible dependents at in-network providers. If you or your eligible dependent test positive for COVID-19 through a CDC-approved test, you will not be required to meet your deductible or out-of-pocket limit.