COVID-19 Resource Center
Molina Healthcare Watching Coronavirus
Molina Healthcare is watching COVID-19 updates on a daily basis.
Our corporate chief medical officer (CMO) is working closely with our health plan CMOs across the country to make sure that we are ready to help our members.
- On June 19th 2020, as part of the Plan For Florida’s Recovery, Molina Healthcare of Florida is making the following changes:
- Prior Authorization (PA) will be needed for Medically Necessary services by: Hospitals, Home Health Agencies, Durable Medical Equipment and Suppliers, Physicians, ARNPs, PA’s, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Ambulance Transportation, and Long Term Acute Care Hospitals for ALL Molina Healthcare of Florida members.
- PA and service limits will continue to be waived for Medicaid covered behavioral health services: Behavioral Health, Inpatient Behavioral Health, and Targeted Case Management for ALL Molina Healthcare of Florida members.
We will update you of any more changes as things happen with this fast changing public health matter.
Prior to June 19th 2020, during the State of Emergency, Molina Healthcare of Florida made the changes listed here.
Please see the additional information from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology for more details on COVID-19, symptoms and prevention advice for COVID-19, and what to do if you feel symptoms. Learn More.
COVID-19 Vaccination Resources
Molina Healthcare of Florida is committed to keeping our members informed on the COVID-19 vaccine. The State of Florida has opened vaccines to specific groups. Visit floridadisaster.org/Vaccine to find out if you are among the groups who are able to get vaccinated today and to find a Federally-Supported Vaccination Site near you.
Read the State of Florida Federally-Supported Vaccination Sites Overview to learn more.
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
A: Yes, the vaccine is safe. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a process to make sure all vaccines are safe before they can be used in the United States. This process includes clinical trials and approval. They approve based on safety and effectiveness.
Q: Can children get the vaccine?
A: There are no COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for children under the age of 16. It is not currently recommended for children under 16 to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This is because of limited data on the vaccine in children. Studies are ongoing. Children should still make sure they are up to date on their immunizations.
Q: Where can I get a vaccine?
A: The following websites have helpful info and tools to help you find out where to get a vaccine:
Q: How many doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?
A: Per the CDC, your doses depend on which vaccine you receive. To get the most protection:
- Two Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses should be given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
- Two Moderna vaccine doses should be given 1 month (28 days) apart.
- Johnson & Johnsons Jansen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine requires only one dose.
If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, you should get your second shot as close to the recommended interval as possible.
Q: How much will the vaccine cost?
A: There will be no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Q: What are the side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are:
- Redness and swelling in the arm where you received the shot
- Muscle pain
These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.
Q: Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I'm pregnant?
A: Yes, you can choose to be vaccinated if you are pregnant. Click here to learn more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about things to consider for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Q: Can I get sick with COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A: No. There is no live COVID-19 virus in any vaccine currently available. There is no risk of being infected as a direct result of getting the vaccine.
You may have some side effects. These are normal signs that your body is building protection.
Most side effects are generally mild and last a few days.
Q: Do I need to wear a mask after I get the vaccine?
A: Yes. The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors with physically distancing or wearing a mask with:
- Other people who are fully vaccinated
- Unvaccinated people from one other household, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19
Once you get the vaccine, everyone should continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic. This includes:
- Covering your mouth and nose with a mask
- Washing hands often
- Staying at least 6 feet away from others
- Staying home if you’re sick, unless you need to get medical care
Q: I already had COVID-19. Do I still need to get a vaccine?
A: Yes. You should be vaccinated even if you have had COVID-19. This is because of the severe health risks of COVID-19. There is also a possibility of reinfection. Experts don’t yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.
If you have COVID-19 you should wait to get vaccinated until you are no longer sick and are not in isolation. Talk to your doctor if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.