COVID-19 Vaccination

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

Getting the Vaccine

  • Currently two types of vaccines are available: mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) vaccine and viral vector (Johnson & Johnson's Janssen) vaccine.
  • All vaccines teach your body how to make antibodies to the spike protein unique to the COVID-19 virus so you are protected against infection.

  • Two weeks after your last dose, you will be protected against serious illness caused by COVID-19.

Source: CVS Health

Finding a Vaccine?

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

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.

Key Things to Know from the CDC

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

  • You may have side effects after vaccination, but these are normal.

  • It typically takes two weeks after you are fully vaccinated for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are more widely accessible. Everyone 16 years is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. Find a COVID-19 vaccine.

  • People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

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.