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What Older Adults Should Know About the Vaccine

The Medicare Team has important information concerning older adults and the COVID-19 vaccine.  Here’s what they want you to know:

Older adults are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, so if you’re 65 or older, it’s especially important for you to get the COVID-10 vaccine.  The current authorized and recommended COVID-10 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19.

 To get ready for your vaccination:

  • Visit 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.

Check out these Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination



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