COVID-19

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

Get vaccinated.

The single most effective step to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.

People aged 5 years and older are eligible to get a free COVID-19 vaccination. You can search www.vaccines.gov to find COVID-19 vaccine locations near you, call the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-422-4255 (Monday-Friday 8AM-8PM, Saturday and Sunday 8AM-5PM) for assistance scheduling a vaccine appointment, or speak with your health care provider.

There are currently three available vaccines in the United States:

      1. Moderna (Age 18+ years)
        • This vaccine requires two shots given 4 weeks (28 days) apart. You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your second dose
        • Everyone age 18 or older should get a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster vaccine 5 months after the last dose of their primary series.
        • Teens age 12-17 years should get a Pfizer-BioNTech booster 5 months after the last dose in their primary series.
        • Adults ages 50 years and older may choose to receive a second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster dose at least 4 months after the first booster dose
        • People 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster dose at least 4 months after the first booster dose
      1. Pfizer-BioNTech (Age 5+ years)
        • This vaccine requires two shots given 4 weeks (28 days) apart. You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your second dose
        • Everyone ages 18 or older should get a booster dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech 5 months after the last dose of their primary series.
        • Adults ages 50 years and older may choose to receive a second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster dose at least 4 months after the first booster dose
        • People 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster dose at least 4 months after the first booster dose
      1. Johnson & Johnson (Age 18+ years)
        • This vaccine is a single dose and you are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your 1st
        • Everyone age 18 or older should get a booster dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) at least 2 months after the first dose of J&J vaccine.
        • Everyone ages 18–49 years who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) at least 4 months after the first Janssen booster dose

Coverage for At-Home Over-The-Counter COVID-19 Tests

Starting January 15, most people with a health plan can go online, or to a pharmacy or store to purchase an at-home over-the-counter COVID-19 diagnostic test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost, either through reimbursement or free of charge through their insurance.

While Original Medicare does not cover At-Home tests, IIH Community Plans is providing this coverage to members via our Over-the-Counter (OTC) benefit.  Members may purchase up to 8 tests per month, not to exceed the quarterly OTC benefit limit.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing up to 50 million free, at-home tests to community health centers and Medicare-certified health clinics for distribution at no cost to patients and community members. You can learn more about this program here.

The federal government is also purchasing 500 million at-home, over-the-counter tests to be distributed for free to Americans who want them, with the initial delivery starting in January 2022.  You may order these test kits here. There is a limit of two orders per residential address.

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