COVID-19 Vaccine | Texas Children's Health Plan

COVID-19 Vaccine

April 14, 2021

 
At Texas Children’s Health Plan, the safety and health of our members are our top priorities. We are proud to be your choice for care and thank you for being part of our family.
 
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people age 16 and older and the Moderna vaccine is approved for those 18 and older. If you’re eligible, please be ready to get a call from Texas Children’s Health Plan to set up your appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
Alternatively, you can check the COVID-19 Vaccination Hub Providers page, the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler, and the  Texas COVID-19 Vaccine Availability map to find vaccination locations near you and learn how to register.
 
No matter where you live, we urge you to register for a COVID-19 vaccine through any of the scheduling systems around the state that works best for you.
 
As of April 13th, the FDA and CDC are recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in order to review 6 reported cases of blood clotting in recipients of the vaccine. More than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have been administered in the US. Vaccination remains an important tool that you and your family can use to help end the pandemic, and we encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated. The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are still available. We will continue to follow guidance from health officials and keep you updated with the latest information.
 
Given this news, if you received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and have severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath, please call your primary health care provider immediately.
 
Please continue to be safe during the pandemic: wear a mask, wash your hands often, social distance, stay home if you are sick and avoid large crowds.
 
For detailed information about COVID-19 vaccine types, effectiveness and how the vaccine works, visit https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine-faqs.aspx
 
See below for a list of frequently asked questions. The information about COVID-19 changes quickly and this page will be updated with the latest information.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Is the COVID-19 vaccine a covered benefit under CHIP/Medicaid?
Yes, it is.
 
How can my child receive the vaccine? 
If your child is eligible to get the vaccine, we will contact eligible members to schedule an appointment once we receive more information on the COVID-19 vaccine availability and administration processes.
 
Which vaccine are you administering to members?
Currently, we will offer the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Vaccines are allocated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and members will receive one of these two products.
 
As a parent or caretaker, will I also be eligible to receive the vaccine? 
Currently, we can only offer the vaccine to our members who meet the State’s vaccination criteria. 
 
Can my child’s siblings also receive the vaccine?
Currently, we can only offer the vaccine to our members who meet the State’s vaccination criteria. 
 
Can my child receive the vaccine if they have symptoms of COVID-19?
If your child has symptoms of COVID-19 or is considered to be in close contact with someone with COVID-19, vaccination should be postponed until they have recovered and criteria is met for them to stop quarantine.
 
Should my child receive the vaccine if they have already had COVID-19?
Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination regardless of history of prior infection.
 
When will children younger than 16 be able to receive the vaccine?
At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for people age 16 and older, and the Moderna vaccine is approved for those 18 and older. We believe younger children will be able to get it in the future when more safety information is available.
 
Which vaccines are currently available?
There are currently two vaccines that have received authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use. The first, produced by Pfizer and BioNTech, is authorized for people age 16 and older. The other vaccine, produced by Moderna, is authorized for those 18 and older.
 
What is in the vaccines?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to teach the immune system how to create antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19, so the virus can’t enter your cells. This technology has been used before to create vaccines against SARS, which is how these vaccines were able to be developed and moved into clinical trials so quickly.
 
Do the vaccines work?
Efficacy of two doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine is 95%. This means that, in clinical trials, the vaccine prevented approximately 95% of vaccinated people from getting COVID-19, and only approximately 5% of vaccinated people developed COVID-19 disease. The efficacy of two doses of the Moderna vaccine is 94.1%.
 
Are they safe?
COVID-19 vaccines have been evaluated in tens of thousands of volunteers during clinical trials and are only authorized for use if they are found to be safe. Even though no safety issues were found, the CDC and other federal partners will continue to monitor the COVID-19 vaccines. The US vaccine safety system is already strong, and new safety systems have been added for COVID-19 vaccines.
 
Will I have side effects from the vaccine?
From initial data, we know mild side effects are common. If you’re vaccinated, you should expect some side effects, particularly after the second dose. These side effects are common and may occur after any vaccine. Although uncomfortable, these side effects are a sign that your immune system is responding to the vaccine and is learning to recognize the virus for the future. The short-term safety of these vaccines is clear.
 
Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. The vaccine does not contain a live virus that can replicate inside of your body. So, the vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
 
How long will the vaccines work?
We don’t know yet. As clinical trials continue, we’ll know more about how long immunity lasts and if more doses will be necessary. Please stay safe during the pandemic: wear a mask, wash your hands often, social distance, stay home if you are sick and avoid large crowds.
 
What can I do if my child is not feeling well?
If your child is experiencing a cough or fever, or if you have questions about COVID-19, please schedule an appointment with your health care provider.
 

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