Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine

Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for this vaccine. Be sure to bring your Medicare card so your health care provider or pharmacy can bill Medicare.

What it is

A COVID-19 vaccine helps reduce the risk of illness from COVID-19 by working with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to the virus.

Things to know

Medicare also covers COVID-19 testsCOVID-19 antibody tests, and COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are distributing the vaccine to federally and state-approved locations to start the vaccination of priority groups. Each state has its own plan for deciding who they’ll vaccinate first and how residents can get vaccines. Contact your local health department for more information on COVID-19 vaccines in your area. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine progress. Medicare covers the vaccine at no cost to you. Be sure to bring your Medicare card so your health care provider or pharmacy can bill Medicare.

Be alert for scammers trying to steal your Medicare Number. Medicare covers the vaccine at no cost to youso if anyone asks you for your Medicare Number to get early access to the vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam. 

Here’s what to know:

  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. 
  • You can’t pay to get early access to a vaccine. 
  • Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for a fee. 

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