What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines

Stay informed about coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of three different vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna, and the Johnson and Johnson vaccine– against the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

Virginia Premier Hosts Richmond COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Virginia Premier and Optima Health Plans are partnering with Rite Aid to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on May 6th and 7th from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. at 10800 Nuckols Road in Glen Allen, Virginia 23060.

Medicaid members 16 years old and up, and their caregivers – including family members and personal attendants are welcome to register to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Need help registering?
You can also call to sign-up for your no cost COVID-19 vaccine. Call 1-800-727-7536, TTY: 711. We are open Monday through Friday, excluding certain holidays, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

About the Vaccines…

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe and you cannot get the virus from a vaccine. The FDA makes sure all vaccines go through an extensive process to confirm levels of safety and these COVID-19 vaccines went through this process. The FDA continues to review clinical data about the vaccines.

As of April 12, 2021 — more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare.  The CDC will convene a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to further review these cases and assess their potential significance. The FDA will review that analysis as it also investigates these cases. Until that process is complete, we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution.


Nurse applying vaccine on patient's arm

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a major step in slowing the spread of the virus, and protecting you and your family against the virus.  Virginia Premier encourages everyone to get vaccinated when the vaccine is available to you.  And the best news is that you can get these vaccines at no cost to you.

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Our commitment to you

Virginia Premier is committed to the health and safety of our members, employees, and physicians. We’re constantly monitoring the situation and are working closely with our network providers and community partners to ensure that our members continue to receive the care they need.