Even though a vaccine is not yet available, we are getting prepared. We will continue to monitor new information and incorporate it into the recommendations we make for our patients. Based on available clinical trial data, our physician leadership is highly confident upcoming vaccines will be safe and effective.
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
Information is current as of December 8, 2020.
Is a COVID-19 vaccine available?
Not yet. Emergency use approval of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna is expected in mid-December. Vaccines from other companies may also be approved in the coming weeks and months.
When will a COVID-19 vaccine get here?
Once COVID-19 vaccines are approved by the FDA, they will be shipped to the state Department of Health and then be distributed to local governments, health facilities and pharmacies. Family Care Network is enrolled in the state distribution program. We do not currently know how much or when we will receive COVID-19 vaccine. It may take several weeks or months.
Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?
We take our role in evaluating vaccine safety for our patients very seriously. Our physician leadership team has reviewed the clinical trial data available on the COVID-19 vaccines being considered for approval. They are highly confident they will be safe and effective.
Once the vaccine receives approval, additional safety information will be release by the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices). Independent evaluations of the data will also be conducted by the COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which includes nationally recognized physician scientists and public health experts from California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada. We will continue to monitor the information released by these agencies in making our recommendation to patients.
How much will a COVD-19 vaccine cost?
Vaccines given by Family Care Network will be billed to insurance. If a patient does not have insurance, normal private pay policies will apply.
Who will get the COVID-19 vaccine first?
COVID-19 vaccine will initially be prioritized for health care workers and long-term care facilities. As more vaccine becomes available, it will be more broadly available in the community. We will follow state and local recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine prioritization.
Can I make a future appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Unfortunately, we don’t know when or how much COVID-19 vaccine we will receive. We are not able to schedule appointments for COVID-19 vaccine until we have more information.