There’s no denying that getting your hands on a COVID vaccine isn’t always easy, with appointments being snapped up in mere seconds after they become available. However, there’s one substantial barrier to getting the vaccine you don’t have to worry about, according to the CDC. Read on to discover what important factor won’t prevent you from getting your shot. And for more insight into the latest pandemic guidance, The CDC Is About to Relax These COVID Restrictions, Dr. Fauci Says.
During a Feb. 23 partner call with the CDC, Clifford McDonald, MD, of the CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team, confirmed that individuals will neither have to prove their ability to pay for a COVID vaccine before having it administered to them, nor will they have to prove their citizenship.
“The federal government is providing vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States,” McDonald explained. “No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay a vaccine administration fee.”
When asked how the vaccine administration will be paid for, McDonald explained that insurance carriers—whether public or private—would foot the bill for the vaccine administration fees, and among those without insurance, the Health Resources and Services Administration Provider Relief Fund would pick up the cost. That’s not the only worry about getting the vaccine McDonald addressed, however; read on to discover what other criteria you do or don’t have to meet to get your COVID vaccine. And if you’re eager to get your shot, Dr. Fauci Just Said You Should Prepare for This Vaccine Delay.
While having had COVID may confer some degree of protection against future COVID infections, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a COVID vaccine if you’ve already had the virus—in fact, it’s recommended that you do. “Vaccinations should be offered to persons regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS CoV2 infection,” explained McDonald. And for the latest COVID news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
While there’s been a lack of clarity regarding whether or not people with active COVID cases should get vaccinated, McDonald says there’s no need to get a COVID test or antibody test prior to your shot.
“Viral testing to test to assess for acute SARS CoV2 infection or serologic testing to assess for prior infection for the purposes of vaccine decision making is not recommended at this time,” said McDonald. And if you’re worried about COVID transmission in your area, These 5 States Are Seeing COVID Cases Rise Again.
If you’re relatively certain you’ve been exposed to COVID, but a vaccine becomes available, you should still get the shot, even if you don’t know your infection status.
If you “had an exposure and are awaiting results of SARS CoV2 testing, [you] may be vaccinated” as long as you don’t have COVID symptoms, McDonald explained.
While most people should get their COVID vaccine when it becomes available to them, barring any allergies to vaccine ingredients, medical conditions that would disqualify them, or other contraindications dictated by a medical professional, if you’ve had another type of vaccine in the past two weeks, you should hold off on your shot.
“If you get any other vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine,” says the CDC, also noting that you shouldn’t get another vaccine within 14 days after getting either one of your COVID shots, either. And if you want to play it safe, If You’re Over 65, the CDC Says Not to Do This Before Your Vaccine.