Important COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Stanford Health Care Advantage Members

Vaccine production and distribution are currently ramping up. Experts suggest that we are nearing the point that vaccine supply will exceed demand. All residents of California 12 years of age or older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

This is a rapidly changing situation, so please stay in touch with your primary care physician, health system, and your pharmacy for the latest news on vaccine availability. We will keep you posted as we learn any additional information.  Meanwhile, it is very important to continue following CDC guidance around face coverings, social distancing, and other protective measures for the foreseeable future. These steps will remain important to protecting you and others.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make sure my vaccine records are available to my primary care physician/doctors?If you are a Stanford Health Care patient, your medical record will be updated in MyHealth. You can also access your vaccination records from our medical records department at 650-723-5721. If you are not a Stanford Health Care patient, please share your vaccination card with your doctor or nurse.
How do I schedule my second dose?Second doses are scheduled on-site after the first dose is administered.
What requirements are needed for vaccination at Stanford Health Care?We are now able to schedule vaccination appointments through MyHealth for all individuals age 18 and older, with appointment availability depending entirely on vaccine supply. Individuals who are aged 12-17 can schedule their vaccination with Stanford Children’s Health.
Besides Stanford Health Care, where else can I get vaccinated?

Many Stanford Health Care patients may have access to vaccine through county resources beyond those offered by Stanford Health Care. We encourage you to get vaccinated where convenient and in the most safe and timely manner possible. We will continue to update you as more vaccines are received and made available for distribution, and will continue to partner with our local county health authorities to reach individuals who do not have access to primary care providers. You can also check to see if there are other vaccination sites with available appointments.

If the vaccination is free, why do I need to provide insurance?The actual vaccination purchased and distributed by government agencies is free of charge. However, there is a cost to administer the vaccination. This cost will be billed and paid by your insurance or government program. There’s no out-of-pocket cost to you to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
My Medicare or Medi-Cal is through an HMO program. Why do I need to provide my Medicare number (MBI) or Medi-Cal number (BIC)?Medicare and Medi-Cal have provided guidance that the vaccine administration should be billed directly to the government program instead of the HMO to simplify the administration and tracking. We require the correct member ID number to properly bill/report to the government program. There’s no out-of-pocket cost to you to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
I received a message to reschedule my appointment, what should I do to reschedule?If you received a message to reschedule your vaccination appointment, please go to your MyHealth account or call 650-498-9000 to reschedule your appointment.
After I receive the vaccine, when am I considered fully vaccinated?

Individuals are considered vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Once you’re fully vaccinated, it’s important that you continue to make precautions and follow public health guidance. Visit the CDC for guidance for fully vaccinated people.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and additional tips for staying safe, you can visit these websites:

Centers for Disease Control

California COVID-19 Vaccine