According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals over 65 are more vulnerable to illness when it comes to the COVID-19 disease. Because of this, it is recommended that if you are over 65, you get the vaccine and following booster shots.
It’s important that everyone receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Medicare covers COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at no cost to you. Understanding how to get the COVID vaccine is important to not only your own health, but everyone around you as well.
Where can you get the COVID-19 Vaccine?
- Find a location near you: You can get a COVID-19 vaccine in all 50 states. You can use vaccines.gov to find the nearest available vaccination location near you. Using this site, you can filter to find a specific COVID-19 vaccine by zip code. For example, if you are looking for a COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia, simply enter your Georgia zip code and find the nearest and most convenient location near you. Typical vaccination sites are pharmacies and clinics, as well as some churches and centers.
- Get the vaccine at home: If you cannot get to a vaccination site due to a disability or other challenges with leaving your home, Medicare may pay for a doctor or provider to give you the vaccination at your home. Contact your physician to ask if they are able to give you the vaccine at home.
How often do you need a booster?
After your first round of vaccination, you can and should continue to get a booster shot to keep you protected from the COVID-19 disease. You can choose to get the same COVID-19 vaccine as you got originally or you can choose a new one:
- Pfizer: If you got the Pfizer vaccine, you can get the booster 5 months after your first set of vaccinations.
- Moderna: If you got the Moderna vaccine, you can get your booster shot 5 months after your first set of vaccinations.
- Johnson & Johnson: You can get your booster 2 months after your first shot.
Getting the COVID-19 booster is as simple as finding your first vaccination site. For example, if you are looking for a COVID-19 vaccine booster in Texas, use the same vaccines.gov website. From there you can look for specific vaccines and filter by your 5-digit zip code.
Annual Enrollment Period (AEP)
Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs each year from October 15 to December 7. What is the Annual Enrollment Period vs. Open Enrollment Period?
Initial Enrollment Period (IEP)
Your Initial Enrollment Period generally surrounds your 65th birthday but may occur if you otherwise become eligible for Medicare for the first time.
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