COVID-19 Vaccine Information

About the Vaccines

Now that the first COVID-19 vaccines are ready, what’s next? Most of us don’t yet know when the vaccine will be available to us, but we do know getting at least 70% of the population vaccinated is crucial to containing the virus. To protect yourself and your loved ones, it’s important to get vaccinated when it is available to you.

In the meantime, we must work together to reduce the spread of the disease by:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Washing our hands
  • Getting a flu shot

What COVID-19 vaccines are currently available?

Several companies are developing vaccines. But three COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so far. The first individuals to receive the vaccines will be frontline healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

Read more about the vaccines

How much will the vaccine cost?

If you’re a current CareFirst member, you’ll pay $0 for any FDA authorized vaccine when it’s made available to the public.

Were different races and ethnicities included in the vaccine trials?

Yes. For details, see the charts below.

*Percentages add up to more than 100% when study participants self-identify in two categories.

EthnicityPercentage
White 57%
Hispanic / Latinx 26%
Black 10%
Asian 4%
Other racial groups 3%
EthnicityPercentage
White 63%
Hispanic / Latinx 20%
Black 10%
Asian 4%
Other racial groups <3%
EthnicityPercentage
White 17%
Hispanic / Latinx 45%
Black 19%
Asian 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 10%
Other racial groups <6%

After I’m vaccinated, can I stop wearing a mask?

No. It’s important to continue to use all available tools to slow the spread of the virus. Scientists are still uncertain if being vaccinated keeps you from spreading the virus to others. For the safety of your loved ones and your community, you need to continue wearing the mask.

Why do the COVID-19 vaccines have to be stored in such cold temperatures?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are what’s known as mRNA vaccines. They contain many enzymes which can easily break the vaccine apart and destroy it in warmer temperatures. The extreme cold slows this process down significantly, which keeps the vaccines stable and “fresh” longer.

Johnson & Johnson is producing a viral vector vaccine, which uses a harmless cold virus to deliver COVID-fighting information to your immune system. Like many other vaccines that use this technology, it can safely be stored with regular refrigeration.

How many COVID-19 vaccines and treatments are currently being developed around the world?

The Milken Institute has developed a site that tracks the development of treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Within the site, you can explore detailed information on each development.

COVID-19 Treatment and Vaccine Tracker This link will open in a new window.

Please note: Experts are still learning about COVID-19. The information in these FAQs is what was known or available as of publication, however guidance can change as scientists discover more about the virus. Please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most updated recommendations.