The COVID-19 public health emergency ended May 11, 2023. For now, Blue Shield costs and coverage will stay the same for most members.

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How to get tested, vaccinated, and more

Testing locations

Find a COVID-19 diagnostic testing location near you through the My Turn website, These locations may include out-of-network pharmacies and community centers.

Visit an in-network testing location

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Vaccine and booster information

Schedule an appointment in your area. For more resources, visit the My Turn CDC website.

Learn about the COVID-19 booster
Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine booster
National vaccine finder

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How to get care

What to do if you think you have COVID-19. Plus, learn how to safely resume healthcare visits.

FAQs about resuming "regular" care

FAQs about medication and treatment

Get COVID-19 care

What your Blue Shield plan covers

Your health is our priority. Your plan includes COVID-19 tests, treatment, and care.

Coverage for Medi-Cal members

Coverage for Medicare members

Find out what's covered

Stay informed about COVID-19


In-depth information about choices that affect you

Make informed decisions about your health and the health of your community. Hear from community leaders and other experts. Make choices that are right for you based on the latest information.


How to maintain coverage
Losing your job doesn’t have to mean losing your healthcare coverage. We have plans to help keep you covered.


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FAQs about COVID-19 and your coverage

When are COVID-19 tests covered?

Most diagnostic and screening tests are covered for the majority of Blue Shield members. This includes at-home over-the-counter test kits. Coverage varies by plan type.

See which tests are covered for your plan

What's the difference between the booster shot and the additional dose?

They are basically the same. Additional doses are given to “boost” the immune response from the vaccine. Some people with weakened immune systems may need a boost just to get a response that most people get from the regular dose. Others may need a boost due to the vaccine becoming less effective over time.

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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 keep those appointments.

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

  • Understand your current health status,
  • Get 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. 

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

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Last Updated: 5/9/2023
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