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How to Get an Appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine in Your Area (Continued)

What Should I Bring to the Vaccination Site?

While it’s always good to take your Medicare card and any other proof of insurance with you wherever you go, you don’t need it to get vaccinated. The vaccine is free. However, you’ll probably need to bring proof of residency and you’ll need to prove that you are eligible to participate in the current stage of vaccinations.

The following items may be used as proof of eligibility, but other documents may work as well:

  • Driver’s license or state ID card
  • Passport
  • Utility bill displaying your address
  • Tax forms displaying your address
  • Deeds or rental agreements

Time is another thing you’ll need at the vaccination site. Wait times will continue to fall, but the high demand for vaccinations can push wait times to hours.

What If I’ve Recently Had or Currently Have COVID-19?

While there has been evidence that there’s a period of boosted immunity against the virus after recovering from it, there have been plenty of documented cases of reinfections that have caused life-threatening complications. Your best shot at avoiding life-threatening complications from COVID-19 is to get a vaccine as soon as you have the chance to do so. Waiting for any period of time could expose you to delays caused by distribution or supply chain disruptions.

Who Should Consider Delaying Their Vaccination?

If you have concerns about getting a vaccination, you should talk with your healthcare provider first—especially if you have a history of allergies. However, a history of allergies doesn’t necessarily mean you should avoid a COVID-19 vaccine. You may need to be monitored for a short period of time after being vaccinated.

Those under the age of 16 have been discouraged from COVID-19 vaccinations, while pregnant women have been advised to consult with their doctors in making a determination. Those with underlying health issues are still encouraged to get vaccinated. The complications of the virus likely outweigh the side effects of the vaccines.

Need More Assistance?

If you have concerns about transportation to a vaccine site, your Medicare plan may cover it. Call 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET and speak with a licensed insurance agent to explore your Medicare benefits and to find out how they can help you get coverage for care related to COVID-19.