COVID-19 Booster Shots - August 18, 2021
In its joint statement, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends that a COVID-19 booster shot will be needed to “to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.” Read the entire HHS Statement.
New Vaccine Eligibility: August 11, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people ages 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. For more information, please refer to the CDC website.
New Vaccine Eligibility: July 27, 2021
With recent CDC approval of the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older, CCH Members in California, are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines free of charge. To find Central Valley locations, including Community Medical Centers facilities, and to schedule your appointment, please visit myturn.ca.gov.
Updated CDC Guidelines as of July 27, 2021. Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
- Updated information for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States.
- Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
- Added information that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
- Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
Updated CDC Guidelines
The CDC has recently updated its recommendations for those who have received their full vaccination protocol.
- You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
- You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.
- If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
- You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
- You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
- If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
- However, if you live or work in a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
- People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken the immune system, should talk to their healthcare provider to discuss their activities. They may need to keep taking all precautions to prevent COVID-19.
Remember, you will still need to follow guidance at your workplace and local businesses.
Read More About CDC Recommendations
If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, click here to find a vaccine.
Vaccines for People with High-Risk Medical Conditions or Disabilities
Note: The vaccinators will not require you – an enrollee – to present documentation proving you are at a high risk. Eligibility is outlined in the CHPH bulletins and requires enrollees to sign a self-attestation that they meet the criteria. Enrollees do not need to obtain documentation from their health plan or provider of a health condition and/or disability as a prerequisite to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.”
Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Coverage Information
The coronavirus – known as COVID-19, has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization and the number of reported cases continues to rise here in California, around the United States and globally.
Community Care Health (CCH) is monitoring COVID-19 and actively working to ensure that cost does not inhibit enrollees’ access to medically necessary screening, testing and treatment.
Effective immediately, CCH is waiving cost-sharing for medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 including, but not limited to, co-pays, deductibles, or coinsurance, including hospital (including emergency department), urgent care visits, and provider office visits, where the purpose of the visit is to be screened and/or tested for COVID-19.
For more information, CCH has assembled the following information: