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Now that COVID-19 vaccines have been approved, many people are eager to get their shots. Other people have questions and concerns. Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Where and When Can I Get the Vaccine?

Producing a vaccine takes time, and there currently aren’t enough doses of the vaccine for everyone. The CDC has issued recommendations about who should receive the vaccine first. This has included essential workers and people who are vulnerable because of their age or medical conditions.

To see when and where you can receive the vaccine, you should contact the health department in your state. You may need to register for the vaccine through the health department or schedule an appointment with the vaccine provider.

If you live in Texas, you should go to Texas Health and Human Services to learn how to get the vaccine. You can get the vaccine through one of the state’s vaccine hubs. You may also be able to get the vaccine through a local vaccine provider, such as a pharmacy.

How Many Shots Will I Need?

You may need two doses of the vaccine before you develop protection against the virus. Also, protection is not immediate. It can take your body a week or two to develop resistance to the virus, and people who are vaccinated and don’t get sick may still be capable of spreading the virus. It’s therefore important to continue practicing social distancing and good hygiene.

Is the Vaccine Safe?

There is always a risk of negative reaction to vaccines. However, the vaccines that are being distributed have been FDA approved as safe and effective. Talk to your doctor about any health concerns you have.

How Much Will I Pay?

The vaccine is covered by Medicare Part B, and Original Medicare enrollees will pay no out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine. Additionally, the CDC says that vaccine doses purchased with taxpayer money will be distributed at no cost. This means that people may be able to receive the vaccine for free regardless of coverage, although this may change in the future. Other services, such as doctor’s visits, may incur out-of-pocket costs. If you have questions about your coverage and costs, talk to your insurer.

Do I Need the Vaccine If I’ve Been Sick?

The CDC says that even people who have had COVID-19 and recovered should get the vaccine. The natural protection that comes from having the virus is not necessarily permanent, and reinfection may be possible.

I Got a Vaccine Offer – Is It a Scam?

If you’ve received a vaccine offer, it may be a scam.

  • Scammers may pose as the CDC, the WHO, a state health department, or another authority.
  • Scammers may be after your money or your personal information. Protect both.
  • Medicare says that you cannot pay for to put your name of the vaccine list or to get early access to the vaccine. If someone offers this, you can assume it is a scam.

Vaccine information is changing rapidly. Check this CDC tool for the latest updates.