COVID vs Flu
COVID-19 and the regular seasonal flu can look similar and may cause unnecessary panic. Check your symptoms with the official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention symptom checker.
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. In each of these trials, people are closely checked for any health risks. Once the trial results indicate the vaccine is safe and effective, it can be authorized by the FDA.
Checks on the vaccine will continue 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.
Also, California has formed a Scientific Safety Review Workgroup to look at data to help ensure the COVID-19 vaccine meets safety requirements.
Read this fact sheet about the vaccines.
During the federal public health emergency, Blue Shield and Blue Shield Promise will cover COVID-19 tests and waive out-of-pocket costs for copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for these tests. But the following conditions must be met:
For Medi-Cal members, all tests are fully covered at no cost to members. This applies both during and after the federal public health emergency.
If the test is for an essential worker without symptoms or known or suspected exposure, out-of-pocket costs will apply based on the member’s benefit plan. This means you may be required to pay a copay, coinsurance or deductible for your test as defined by your plan benefits. This is addressed in the California Department of Managed Health Care’s (DMHC) emergency regulation.
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:
Some routine visits can be done virtually. Talk to your doctor about virtual visits. Ask what steps they are taking to protect you during in-person visits.