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As members of the healthcare community, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is doing our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We care deeply about the health and safety of Kansans. We are doing everything we can to make sure you have access to the care you need, that claims are paid and that questions are answered.
We know that hardships have fallen on many employers. And we are here for you to ease some of the burden around insurance premiums during this time.
The healthcare community is being pushed to their limits. As a member of our family, we are here to lend a helping hand.
Yes, the vaccine is safe and approved by the federal government for use. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have gone through the same rigorous safety assessment as all vaccines before being authorized for use in the United States by the FDA. When it comes to safety, you can rest assured there have been no shortcuts.
Researchers have studied vaccines for decades and they've found that our bodies recognize parts of the virus, and then can build a response (antibody) to protect us from the disease. This means the vaccine helps our bodies remember how to fight the virus if we're infected in the future. For more information, visit the KDHE website.
A vaccine is now available to all Kansans. In addition to receiving the vaccine, preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick, wearing a mask, practicing safe social distancing and washing your hands often, are the best ways to prevent the virus. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the KDHE website.
The currently authorized mRNA vaccines are 94% effective against preventing serious illness from the virus, as demonstrated in large studies that included people from diverse racial and ethnic groups. This is an incredibly powerful effectiveness rate, so you can feel good about it keeping you safe.
The COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available were studied across a population of diverse ages, races, and sexes and were found to be 94% effective. So, across the U.S., every family and neighborhood can expect effectiveness and protection. You can learn more about the vaccine specifics on the CDC website.
Signing up for the vaccine is expected to take place on a local county level, not on a state level. KDHE recommends that eligible Kansans contact their local health departments to learn more about when they will begin to vaccinate phase two populations and how they will prioritize within that group or anyone remaining in phase one who has yet to receive the vaccine. Not every medical provider will be able to provide the vaccine. You can now view vaccine distribution locations in your area by using https://vaccinefinder.org/search/. Other helpful sites with county-specific information are https://www.vaccinespotter.org/KS/ and https://www.wibw.com/2021/01/17/covid-19-resources/.
Most of the vaccines available require two shots. Like many childhood vaccines, getting both doses is crucial to the vaccine working. It's the same with the COVID-19 vaccine. The first shot starts to build immunity, the second shot ensures maximum protection. By getting both shots, we protect not only ourselves, but those around us. Currently, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.
More studies will need to be completed before a COVID-19 vaccine will be available for children.
The vaccine will be available to all Americans free of charge. The federal government is funding the cost of the vaccine. Certain vaccine providers may charge an administration fee for giving the shot, but that cost will not be passed on to the patient, regardless if they have insurance or not. BCBSKS will cover that cost for our members. Any member that receives a bill for the administration fee for the vaccine should submit a claim to BCBSKS. Providers will be able to get reimbursed for the uninsured population through a government relief fund. For more information about the vaccine, visit the KDHE website.