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Coronavirus Benefit Information

Last updated: 01/21/21

The development of COVID-19 vaccines is exciting news and we know there will be many questions about when and how to get the vaccine. Here we provide answers to some of those questions, based on the information we have now.

We will continue to update this page about the COVID-19 vaccine as more information becomes available. In the meantime, please contact your doctor with any specific questions regarding your health.

For general COVID-19 information and answers to frequently asked questions click here.

 

Q: When will the COVID-19 vaccine be available?

Vaccines will soon be available for members 65 and older. Availability will depend on where you live and your own personal factors (such as your age and medical conditions). The information is quickly changing, so here are some things you can do to prepare and sign up for an appointment:

  • Check the public health department for the county you live in to see if appointments are available at large vaccination sites. (See next question for county information.)
  • Check the website of your pharmacy to see if they are offering appointments.
  • Many of the public health departments and pharmacies also have e-mail lists that you can sign up for to stay updated as more vaccines become available.
  • The vaccine will be given to you free of charge. You do not need to pay anything to get a vaccine.
  • Be sure to remember to wear a face mask to your appointment.
  • The vaccine will be given in your upper arm, so be sure to wear comfortable clothes.
  • You will be monitored for 15-30 minutes after your vaccination for side effects.
  • Remember to schedule your 2nd dose of the vaccine.

Q: Where will I get the vaccine?

You can get it at the location most convenient for you. This may be your pharmacy, doctor’s office or a location sponsored by your local public health department.

Check back often on COVID-19 vaccine appointment information as counties and pharmacies will be making frequent updates. These websites may go down from time to time due to high volume, and not all links and appointment websites may be available or posted. In addition, if your medical group is vaccinating, they will notify you directly. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

County

Link

Los Angeles

http://www.vaccinatelacounty.com/

http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/vaccine/index.htm

As of 1/19/21, 8:30AM:

County sites are full for vaccination appointments. Persons are encouraged to check back at http://www.vaccinatelacounty.com/ for updates on vaccination appointment availability for eligible residents. Persons 65 and over are now eligible for vaccination. Appointments will likely be added later this week.

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/

Long Beach

http://longbeach.gov/health/diseases-and-condition/information-on/coronavirus/vaccines/

Before making an appointment through the City vaccine clinics, you should first contact your healthcare provider for vaccine availability. Large medical providers have direct access to the vaccine for older adults. To get an appointment link for a City vaccine clinic, LB residents can also email: COVID19Vaccine@longbeach.gov 
or call 562-570-4636, option 6 (note: currently goes to voice mail)

As of 1/20/21, 7:49 AM:

  • Long Beach is now vaccinating healthcare workers, long term care facility residents, persons 65 and older, and government emergency response.

Pasadena

https://www.cityofpasadena.net/covid-19/

As of 1/20/21, 7:50 AM:

  • Pasadena is now vaccinating at Phase 1a (healthcare workers, long term care staff and residents), and Phase 1b Tier One (persons 75 years and over, and education staff and childcare services, emergency services and food and agriculture).

Pasadena residents should work with their doctor to receive the vaccine.

Orange

https://www.othena.com/

As of 1/20/21, 7:53AM:

In addition to phase 1A, those 65 and older, and law enforcement working in high-risk settings are eligible for vaccination.

Link to register is available, but the site may go down from time to time.

We are experiencing exceptionally high volumes of traffic to our website at the moment.

Riverside

https://www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine

As of 1/19/21, 8:45AM:
     All Riverside County sites are full

San Diego

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/vaccines/COVID-19-VaxEvents.html

As of 1/19/21, 8:45AM:

Effective 01/18/21, healthcare workers, others in Phase 1A (all Tiers), and those aged 75 and older may visit County vaccination sites, including the Petco Park Super Station. For those 65 and older, the County intends to begin vaccinations for this population before the end of the month, pending vaccine supply. Doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers may administer vaccinations to those 65 and older, if they have doses available.

San Bernardino

https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations

As of 1/20/21, 7:55AM:

- Registrations and appointments are currently available only for residents 65+ and front-line health care workers under Phase 1A, Tier 1-3 who work within San Bernardino County. Links to public health sites, hospitals, and pharmacies are provided.

Ventura

https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/portal/

As of 1/20/21, 7:56AM:
- Phase 1A, Tiers 1-3 - Healthcare Workers and persons aged 75 or older

Please note: Even though Governor Newsom has approved allowing seniors (age 65+) to get vaccines, at this time Ventura County does not have enough vaccines to vaccinate the frontline healthcare workers and those living and working in long term care facilities and seniors, therefore we have not opened up vaccine registration for seniors.

Sonoma

https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/vaccine-information/

As of 1/20/21, 8:01AM:
- Phase 1A, Tier 2-3

San Francisco

https://sf.gov/covid-19-vaccine-san-francisco

As of 1/20/21, 8:02AM:

  • Beginning 1/19, persons living or working in San Francisco can sign up to be notified via email or text when they are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Phase 1A, and those 65 and over.

Napa

https://www.countyofnapa.org/3096/COVID-19-Vaccines

As of 1/19/21, 9:01AM:

- The status of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution is Phase 1a, tier 1-3, and Phase 1b, tier 1 as allocations from the state allow. Click on the link and fill out the vaccine interest form. Under Eligibility, select the category you belong to (75+, 65-74, etc.)

Stanislaus

http://schsa.org/coronavirus/vaccine/public/

As of 1/21/21, 7:40AM (Facebook page):

  • Clinics at CSU Stanislaus and Modesto Centre plaza are administering the vaccine to Phase 1A and individuals 65 years and older

Modesto Centre Plaza
1000 L St
Modesto, CA 95354
9:00AM to 5:00PM or until all doses are used.
Parking will be available at the Modesto Centre Plaza and both City-operated garages on 10th Street and 9th Street. 

CSU Stanislaus
1 University Cir
Turlock, CA 95382
At Fitzpatrick Arena. Entrance through Geer Road.
8:00AM to 8:00PM or until all doses are used.

Santa Clara

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/covid19/Pages/COVID19-vaccine-information-for-public.aspx

As of 1/19/21, 9:15AM:

- Individuals 75 and older due to limited vaccine supply.
- Check the list if a member is part of the health systems that have vaccine

 

Pharmacy

Link

CVS

https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?icid=cvs-home-hero1-banner-1-link2-coronavirus-vaccine

Rite Aid

https://www.riteaid.com/Covid-19

Wal-Mart

https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

Walgreens

https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp

Costco

https://www.costco.com/Pharmacy/adult-immunization-program.html

Safeway

https://www.safeway.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

Albertsons

https://www.albertsons.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

Vons

https://www.vons.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

Ralphs

https://www.ralphs.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated

As of 1/20/21, 8:11AM:

  • Ralphs is now administering the vaccine at some locations for those 65 years and older. LA County is only vaccinating healthcare workers only. Orange county Ralph’s are not yet vaccinating. Check the site frequently for updates. https://www.ralphs.com/i/coronavirus-update/vaccine

Q: Will SCAN cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine will be covered at no cost to you.

Q: What does a phased approach for the COVID-19 vaccine mean?

Because there won’t be enough vaccines for everyone right away, the government is making it available first to those who need it most and, as the supply of vaccines increases, it will be made available to more and more people.

California has expanded the vaccines to anyone age 65 and older. Even so, please keep in mind that the availability of the vaccines will vary, depending on what county you live in. Some counties are still vaccinating people in Phase 1a. The phases right now are:

  • Phase 1a: Healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients, healthcare workers likely to be exposed to COVID-19 patients and those living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • Phase 1b: Adults 65 and older and frontline essential workers
  • Phase 1c: Adults 50-64 and adults with high-risk medical conditions

Check your county website to see what phase of distribution your county is in.

Q: How will I know it’s time for me get the vaccine?

Look to the guidelines set by your county (see “Where will I get the vaccine” for county contact information). These will include who should get the vaccine and when so you can see where you fit in. Your local county (or city) public health department will be allocating the vaccine within the community. If you have additional questions, please contact your doctor.

We will also let our members know when the vaccines become available and any additional details that we have at that time. Please make sure we have your correct contact information, including your e-mail, mailing address and phone number. We’ll update our website regularly, too, so keep checking back.

Q: Is there a way for me to get preferred or early access to the vaccine? (Fraud alert!)

The vaccines will be given based on your risk factor, and there will be no cost for the vaccine. You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine and you cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine. If anyone offers this to you, it is a fraud. Medicare has released information about this fraud risk and is warning people not to share any personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails with guarantees of access to the vaccine for a cost. Click here to report a fraud: reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/

Q: How many doses of the vaccine will I need?

The current vaccines require two doses – and they must be two doses of the same vaccine, from the same manufacturer, so be sure to get your second dose from the same place you receive your first dose. It’s also very important to get your second dose within the recommended timeframe—for most, this means 21 or 28 days after your first dose.

Q: Will I get a reminder when my second dose is due?

Yes, when you get your first dose, you should be given a COVID-19 vaccination record card noting when your second dose is due. The California Department of Public Health is also working on a notification process that will remind people about their second dose.

And, after you receive your first dose—before you leave—make an appointment for your second dose. Then add the date and time to your calendar.

Q: Does the COVID-19 vaccine have side effects?

You may experience some side effects. As with many vaccines, “if it’s hurting a little, it’s working!” Side effects can range from discomfort at the shot site to mild flu symptoms that can last up to three or four days.

If you’ve gotten the Shingrix vaccine for shingles, the process will be familiar to you. As with Shingrix, the COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses and may cause some discomfort for a few days

Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

 SCAN relies on trusted sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The United States’ vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. The (FDA) has announced publicly that it would not approve a COVID-19 vaccine unless it meets the standards for quality, safety, and efficacy that any other vaccine would need to meet.

According to FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D: “Through the FDA’s open and transparent scientific review process, two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized in an expedited timeframe while adhering to the rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization that the American people have come to expect from the FDA. These standards and our review process included input from independent scientific and public health experts as well as a thorough analysis of the data by the FDA.”

Q: Do I need to get the vaccine if I already had COVID-19?

Yes, you still need the vaccine. It is possible to get COVID-19 again, so experts recommend everyone gets the vaccine, even if you’ve already had COVID-19.

Q: What else can I do to stay safe until the vaccine is widely available?

Keep up with all the precautions of the past several months: stay safer at home and avoid gatherings; wear a face covering and keep 6-feet distance between yourself and others when you are in public; wash your hands often and try not to touch your face/mouth/nose.