Update: distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being paused

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while they investigate six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot. The pause in the use of the J&J vaccine is out of an abundance of caution. Click to learn more.

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Safety is a top priority

Vaccines are developed under strict guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are thoroughly reviewed for safety and effectiveness before they receive emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA. The COVID-19 vaccines are tested on individuals of different ages, races, and ethnicities, as well as those with different medical conditions. And the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continually monitoring the safety and quality of authorized vaccines. As with any vaccine, you should talk to your doctor about its safety and effectiveness for you.

Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine at a $0 Cost Share

Florida Blue members with employer health plans, individual plans and Medicare advantage plans will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at $0 cost share. Keep in touch with your doctor, health care provider, local pharmacy or local department or emergency management office to see when the vaccine is available in your area and if you’re eligible. And start talking to your friends and family, so they’ll also be ready to get the vaccine. We’re all in this together.

Please note: Some grandfathered plans may have a cost share for preventive benefits. Please check your plan benefits.

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Additional Resources

If you need help finding your local department of health or need information on the vaccine distribution, visit the Florida Department of Health website. Use their vaccine locator to find a site near you, including pharmacies like Publix, Winn-Dixie and Walmart. Plus, FDOH also has a pre-registration site where you can schedule your COVID-19 vaccination. You can also call and pre-register: click here for a list of vaccine hotline phone numbers by county.

If you need further assistance, please reach out to us at 1-877-352-5830 to talk with one of our local Florida Blue Nurses or Community Specialists directly.

While we wait for the vaccine distribution, continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance. The vaccine and continued vigilance are our best defense against COVID-19.