We hope that you are staying healthy and safe. Gateway is reaching out regarding important COVID-19 vaccine information. As you may know, the vaccine continues to be prioritized for vulnerable groups in Pennsylvania. The vaccine is expected to be more widely available to the general public in the months ahead. Our team will be ready to assist you when the time comes.
It’s critical that you stay up to date with the latest details about the rollout. This will help you be prepared when it’s your turn to receive the vaccine.
Additionally, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. This is according to the CDC. Millions of people in the U.S. have received COVID-19 vaccines. These vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html
We would like make sure you are aware of some helpful resources from the Federal government. Visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
Here you’ll find the latest frequently asked questions. You can also find vaccine education materials on this site.
We would also encourage you to visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website.
On this site, you’ll learn more about the state’s distribution plan and eligibility phases. You can access a map of vaccination sites by ZIP code. It works best when using a Chrome web browser.
Wondering when you will be eligible?
Check out the guide on the state’s website
And don’t forget to try the new “Your Turn” tool. Use this tool to determine if it is your turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If it is your turn, it will direct you on how to find a vaccine provider. Learn more
Note that Philadelphia County has a separate process. It has its own information about vaccine distribution. Read more
Why is it important that everyone gets vaccinated?
The vaccine will help keep you from getting COVID-19. It will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic.
Be sure to coordinate directly with your doctor for any specific questions related to COVID-19 or the need for the vaccine.
We are committed to caring for your overall health. We know that many of our members are facing difficult times. The Wholecare Resource Center is a way to search for community support resources. The tool is free to use. Go to: www.gatewayhealthplan.com/WRC
You can find food, housing and transportation resources. You can also search for employment and mental health support programs. Many programs are available in your neighborhood for free. Some are available at a reduced cost.
Please visit www.gatewayhealthplan.com/coronavirus for the latest updates. You can also call the Gateway Member Service line at:
- 1-800-392-1147 (Medicaid)
- 1-800-685-5209 (Medicare)
TTY users call 711.
Continue to Follow COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines
Finally, please follow all COVID-19 prevention guidelines. If you need to leave your house, always wear a mask. You should also stay at least 6 feet away from others. Cover coughs and sneezes and wash your hands often.
Additionally, the CDC recently released a new report about mask wearing. It provides options for wearing masks to better protect you and others. Wearing a disposable mask under a cloth mask can improve fit. It can also give you better protection. This is according to the new report.
Read the full guidance here for complete details.
Thank you and stay safe.