Published January 21, 2022
SchoolCare and Cigna are committed to keeping you informed about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for all adults and teenagers 18 and older in December of 2020, followed by a recommendation in May 2021 that all adolescents ages 12-17 receive the Pfizer vaccine.
As of Oct. 29, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11, which is administered in two specially formulated doses, about one-third of the dose administered to adults and adolescents.
Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Jansen vaccines are only available to adults 18 and older.
Here is what else we know:
Studies have shown the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine to decrease overtime. As of November 2021, the CDC now recommends a booster shot for anyone 12 and older who has been administered both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The booster shot should be administered at least five months after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.
Check which vaccines/booster shots are recommended for you and your family members at the CDC website.
The vaccine and booster are now widely available at provider offices and pharmacies. Depending on where you go, you may first need an appointment.
here is no out-of-pocket cost for the initial vaccine, the booster or administration. The administration will be paid for by your SchoolCare plan through Cigna medical and pharmacy.
Vaccination recommendations and guidance from the CDC and FDA continue to evolve rapidly as new information is learned about COVID-19. We are committed to frequent communication and will be delivering regular updates to our members. Information is also updated on our news page at schoolcare.org, as it becomes available. For additional COVID-19 resources, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Vaccines, Care, and Coverage Cigna page or the CDC’s COVID-19 FAQ page.
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