COVID-19 Vaccine - The Latest Details

January 29, 2021 / By Molina Healthcare

COVID-19 Vaccine - The Latest Details

COVID-19 Vaccine: The latest details

A safe, effective vaccine has been developed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and millions of Americans are being vaccinated across the country. Now you might be wondering about the vaccine and how it’s rolling out, which is why we put together answers to the most common questions. For details, please read on.


Is the vaccine the best protection against the coronavirus?

The CDC recommends getting the vaccine along with safe practices including wearing a mask whenever you leave the house, avoiding crowds and frequent handwashing. This combination of vaccination and being cautious is the best way to protect your health.


Who gets the vaccine first?

The CDC suggests that, before the general public, the vaccine should go to:

  • Health care workers who may be exposed to patients and residents in long-term care facilities
  • Essential workers not in health care
  • Adults with high-risk medical conditions and people 65 and older

Do you need two doses of the vaccine for it to work?

  • Yes, two doses are needed, from the same manufacturer, a few weeks apart.
  • To make sure the vaccine is effective, it’s recommended that you see the same provider for both doses.

Does the vaccine cause side effects?

  • Some people have reported mild fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and pain at the injection site for a day or two. If symptoms last longer, call your doctor.
  • For people with allergies, especially severe ones, ask your doctor if you are at risk. They can provide information on how to get vaccinated safely.


    Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

  • No. Any mild side effects are probably signs that your body is building an immune response so it can fight the virus if you are exposed.


    Do I still have to wear a mask, social distance and limit exposure to others after I get a vaccine?

  • Yes. Continue all the safety measures: wash hands, cover your mouth and nose by wearing a mask, avoid crowds and social distance.


If I have a problem or bad reaction after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, how do I report it?

  • There’s a new smartphone tool called V-safe from the CDC for people who’ve been vaccinated. V-safe uses text messaging and web surveys to check in with vaccine recipients. It also provides telephone follow up to anyone who reports health problems after receiving the vaccine. You can get started on V-safe at if you like.


    How much does the vaccine cost?

  • For Molina Healthcare members, the vaccine will be available free of charge. If you have another health insurance carrier, please contact them for details.

Nationwide vaccine distribution is in its early stages right now and it’s important to keep up with health-safe practices as even more contagious variants of the virus begin to spread around the country. At Molina Healthcare, we’re committed to keeping you informed of any updates.



Category: Immunizations / Safety