What older adults should know about the COVID-19 vaccine

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By Medicare.gov

Older adults are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, so if youre 65 or older, its especially important for you to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The current authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19.

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To get ready for your vaccination:

  • Visit CDC.gov for tips on how to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Each state has its own plan for how and when residents can get vaccines.
  • Bring your red, white, and blue Medicare card or Medicare Number when you go to get your vaccine, so your health care provider or pharmacy can bill Medicare. Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine, so there’s no cost to you.
  • You might need a second shot 3 or 4 weeks after your first shot, depending on the kind of COVID-19 vaccine you get.

Remember, even after you’re fully vaccinated, it’s important to keep taking precautions in public places. The CDC has new information about how to protect yourself and others when you’ve been fully vaccinated.

Tips for how to get a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Contact your state or local health department for more information.
  • Ask a family member or friend to help with scheduling an appointment.
  • Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or community health center if they plan to provide vaccines and ask them to let you know when vaccines are available.