During the COVID-19 pandemic, UCare is here to help you understand what you need to do to stay safe and get the care you need.
What you need to know
UCare wants to make sure you have the information you need about COVID-19 vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the available COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Getting the vaccine is the best way to keep you, your family and your friends safe. There is no cost to you for the COVID-19 vaccine or booster.
COVID-19 vaccines are not directly available through UCare. Please visit the Minnesota Department of Health website, contact your doctor's office or visit your clinic or pharmacy's website for information on how to get the vaccine.
Source: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (Pub. L. 116-127)
Call the UCare COVID-19 vaccine hotline
1-833-951-3189 | TTY 1-800-688-2534
We can help you:
- Answer questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine or boosters
- Schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment
- Get support for getting COVID-19 vaccines, including transportation or interpretation services
COVID-19 vaccine facts
- COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID‑19. They will immunize you from COVID‑19.
- COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive for COVID‑19
- Everyone should get vaccinated, including people who have had COVID‑19
- If you have recently tested positive for COVID‑19 or have symptoms, talk to your doctor about when you should get the vaccine
- It is important to complete the vaccine series to have the full protection of the vaccine
- After completing the vaccine, it will take about two weeks for your body to build immunity to COVID‑19
- After you get the vaccine, it is important to continue to follow government and medical expert recommendations on social distancing and mask wearing
- Follow CDC guidance on getting a vaccine booster. Discuss with a healthcare professional if you have any questions.
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: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Minnesota Department of Health