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  • Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

    Safety is a top priority. The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all COVID-19 vaccines are as safe as possible.

    COVID-19 vaccines are carefully looked at in clinical trials with thousands of people.

    Checks on the vaccines are continuing in the real-world setting. These can help researchers know if there might be very rare side effects or long-term risks not seen in trials.

    As a result of the safety systems that are in place, the CDC and FDA recommended a temporary pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on April 13, 2021, which was lifted as of April 23, 2021.

    The CDC and FDA, as well as the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, have concluded that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and effective in reducing severe COVID-19 illnesses. 

    Read the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fact Sheet for details about what you should know before and after receiving this vaccine. 

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  • When are COVID-19 tests covered?

    As of February 26, 2021, we are waiving out-of-pocket costs for most diagnostic tests. For more details on which tests are covered and which are not, please read our FAQs.

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  • Should I still postpone preventive visits/routine checkups or specialist care?

    No. Health screenings, immunizations, and annual checkups can all be safely resumed. If you regularly visit a specialist to manage a chronic condition, you should continue to keep those appointments.

    It’s important not to fall behind on preventive care visits. Annual exams can help you:

    • Understand your current health status,
    • Receive basic screening tests, and
    • Get any needed immunizations.

    These exams also help your primary doctor see any health issues early on. This makes it easier to treat and improve the outcome. 

    Feel free to ask your doctor’s office what safety steps they are taking to protect patients during the pandemic. Your doctor may also be offering virtual visits if you prefer. 

    Remember: If you have an existing condition, it’s especially important to continue to manage it with your doctor.

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