COVID-19 vaccines

During the COVID-19 pandemic, UCare is here to help you understand what you need to do to stay safe and get the care your need.

This page is updated as new information is available.

What you need to know

UCare is committed to keeping you informed about COVID-19 vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines are being given in phases according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Vaccines are in short supply at this time. Once the COVID-19 vaccine is available, UCare will cover it at no cost to you. UCare will share information on when and where to get the vaccine as more information is available.

Source: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (Pub. L. 116-127)

COVID-19 vaccine facts

  1. COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19
  2. COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive for COVID-19
  3. Everyone should get vaccinated, including people who have had COVID-19
  4. If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, talk to your doctor about when you should get the vaccine
  5. If your vaccine requires two shots, it is important to get your second shot to have the full protection of the vaccine
  6. After completing the vaccine, it will take about two weeks for your body to build immunity to COVID-19
  7. After you get the vaccine, it is still important to follow recommendations on social distancing and mask wearing

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

You may experience minor side effects such as arm soreness, muscle aches, headache or chills. These side effects are a sign that your body is responding correctly to the vaccine and building immunity to COVID-19.

If you experience severe side effects, such as difficulty breathing, swelling of your face and throat, fast heartbeat, rash all over your body, dizziness or weakness, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room right away.

Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health

When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Stay up to date on your eligibility at the Minnesota Department of Health website.

Learn more

Download UCare’s COVID-19 101 booklet

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