COVID-19 vaccine Q&A

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See the FDA and CDC for updates, as both agencies make recommendations on COVID-19 vaccine distribution. There is also information available from Wisconsin's Department of Health Services and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

ShowMeVax is a standard database used to record and track immunization(s) and the dates they were provided. You may contact your local public health agency to obtain records. Alternatively, you may complete an immunization record request form.  

We will cover FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine(s) (SARS CoV-2) with no member cost-sharing, consistent with the requirements set forth by the CARES Act.

Options for receiving the vaccine include: doctors' offices, retail pharmacies – such as Walgreen's – hospitals and federally qualified health centers.

The CDC is maintaining VaccineFinder to help people find the latest information and vaccine availability near you.

The COVID-19 vaccine may be given as a single or two dose injection, as determined by the drug’s manufacture. For two dose injections, patients must closely follow the instructions of their health care provider to ensure the second dose is obtained within the appropriate window.

In addition, vaccine booster shots are available for some vaccine recipients dependent upon booster shot eligibility.

The U.S. has a robust vaccine safety system in place to ensure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Safety is always closely monitored during clinical trials of vaccine candidates. 

The FDA reviews two to three months of safety and efficacy data before authorizing use of the vaccines.

Vaccine providers must follow the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations should it be necessary to pause or completely stop using a specific manufacture’s vaccine. 

For more information on vaccine safety visit the CDC, FDA, or your provider’s websites. 
You may experience side effects from the vaccine. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. Side effects may include injection-site soreness, diarrhea, fever and chills. Most vaccine-related side effects subside in 24-48 hours.

If you have questions/concerns about vaccine side effects, contact your health care provider. 
See the FDA and CDC for updates, as both agencies make recommendations on COVID-19 vaccine distribution. There is also information available from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services