Your COVID-19
Resource Center

At Premise Health, we’re committed to providing the
information and care you need during this time. Read on
for more information to help you get, stay and be well.

Your COVID-19
Resource Center

At Premise Health, we’re committed to
providing the information and care you need
during this time. Read on for more information
to help you get, stay and be well.

COVID-19 vaccine updates

Updated 2/4/21

Two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized for emergency use in the United States, but what does that mean for you?

In the first phase of the rollout, initial doses of the vaccines will go to those with the highest risk of infection, such as healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities, followed by essential workers, older adults and individuals with chronic health conditions. These groups differ from state to state, so if you believe you qualify for early vaccination and have not yet received notice, contact your provider for more information and guidance.

What we’re doing to help:

Premise Health is actively monitoring state vaccine distribution plans and participating whenever possible. Once the vaccines become more readily available and the eligible populations expand, we plan to obtain and administer COVID-19 vaccines at more of our wellness centers in accordance with federal, state and manufacturer guidelines.

Until then, we remain a valuable resource for guidance on the vaccine, as well as continued COVID-19 testing and support. Check back regularly for updates.

Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use (EUA) in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been deemed safe and 94-95% effective at preventing COVID-19.

Although the vaccine went through a faster than usual development process, that doesn’t mean corners were cut. There was a worldwide effort to get vaccine research, production and distribution moving as quickly as possible and to remove any of the usual barriers to rolling it out. The FDA follows rigorous standards and will only grant EUA if vaccine candidates meet their qualifications. There are also procedures put in place to continue to monitor any adverse events or possible side effects of the authorized vaccines to further ensure safety.

While mRNA vaccines seem new, researchers have been studying them for decades. They were a favorable choice for the COVID-19 vaccine because they can be created in a lab using readily available materials, which means they can be developed faster than more traditional methods of making vaccines. Basically, rather than triggering an immune response with a weakened or inactive virus, the mRNA vaccines instead teach our bodies how to make a protein that triggers an immune response and helps produce antibodies to protect us from the virus.

Of the thousands of vaccine trial participants, there have been very few serious side effects reported. Some individuals have had allergic reactions to the vaccine and because of this, you will be asked about your history of severe, life-threatening allergic reactions prior to being vaccinated.

Mild to moderate, temporary side effects include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, fever and aching muscles and joints for a day or two after vaccination. These side effects are a sign that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do, working and building up protection to disease, and are preferable to the alternative of getting COVID-19.

While no vaccine is 100% effective, the authorized COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be highly effective at preventing the disease. By getting the vaccine and continuing to follow CDC guidelines like wearing a mask and social distancing, you’re also helping to prevent the spread and protecting others around you from getting the virus.

While we know there is an increased risk of severe illness among older patients with COVID-19, even young survivors who were physically fit prior to getting COVID-19 have reported lingering symptoms months after infection. The long-term symptoms of COVID-19 can include fatigue, difficulty breathing, cough, joint pain, chest pain, cognitive impairment, depression, muscle pain, headache, fever and palpitations. More serious complications of COVID-19 can include myocardial inflammation, ventricular dysfunction, acute kidney injury, rash, alopecia, smell and taste dysfunction, sleep dysregulation, depression, anxiety and changes in mood.

Based on early data from clinical trials, the vaccine may prevent severe illness and long-term symptoms of COVID-19, should you get the virus after being vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be provided free of charge in the United States. However, providers can charge a fee for administering the shot to you. Your insurance will likely cover this added fee and there are public funds to cover fees for those without insurance, so cost should not be a barrier to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, see our full list of FAQs.

¹ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, December 18). Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html

Get tested for COVID-19 without leaving your home.

Even with the progress made on the COVID-19 vaccine, it is still important to get tested when you think you may have symptoms or have been exposed to someone that’s sick, to continue to slow the spread of the virus. That’s where we come in.

Home testing through your wellness center is the safe and easy way to get tested for COVID-19. You simply schedule a virtual visit* and talk to your provider from the comfort and safety of your own home. They’ll help you determine if you need a test and will then coordinate getting the test kit shipped directly to you.

Get tested for COVID-19 without leaving your home.

Even with the progress made on the COVID-19 vaccine, it is still important to get tested when you think you may have symptoms or have been exposed to someone that’s sick, to continue to slow the spread of the virus. That’s where we come in.

Home testing through your wellness center is the safe and easy way to get tested for COVID-19. You simply schedule a virtual visit* and talk to your provider from the comfort and safety of your own home. They’ll help you determine if you need a test and will then coordinate getting the test kit shipped directly to you.

COVID-19 home testing is:

Safe

The entire process can be done virtually so you can stay home and reduce the risk of spread or exposure.

Convenient

Home testing eliminates the need to come into your wellness center or go to a community facility.

Quick

The testing kit will arrive within two business days of your appointment. Once your specimen is received by the lab, results are available within 72 hours.**

Guided

You have the option to schedule a follow-up virtual visit so your provider can walk you through the self-collection.

Reliable

Our wellness centers use a PCR test, which is the most accurate type of COVID-19 test available today.

*To conduct a local virtual visit, you must be in the same state which your provider is licensed.
**If your test is ordered on a Friday after 2 p.m. CDT, shipping could take up to four days. Turnaround time for results is subject to national trends and case surges.

Is it COVID-19?

It’s only natural to feel anxious at that first sneeze or cough, but how do you know if it’s COVID-19? In this era of a worldwide pandemic, we all seem to live with the constant fear that any and every symptom that ails us is COVID-19, when really it could be one of the same viruses, colds or allergies that show up each year.

To help you navigate the uncertainty, our providers are standing by to help you determine what your symptoms mean and the best course of action for treating them. When in doubt, follow these steps to give you peace of mind:

  1. Keep a ‘better safe than sorry’ mentality. If your symptoms are mild, simply stay home as a precaution to protect others.
  2. Schedule a virtual appointment with your provider if you’re experiencing symptoms such as fever, coughing, shortness of breath or loss of taste and smell. They can help you determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19 and/or if any medications or treatments are necessary.
  3. Talk to your pharmacist about the right prescriptions or over the counter medications for your symptoms. You can also ask about our mail order options to get your medications shipped right to your door.

For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 symptoms, please click here. You can also use our COVID-19 Symptom Checker on MyPremiseHealth.com or the My Premise Health mobile app to assess your symptoms and determine next steps.

Get the care you need, virtually.

While we are taking every precaution to accommodate safe in-person visits, we’re prioritizing virtual care now more than ever to give you the convenient, quality healthcare you deserve. We can provide many routine and non-essential services by phone or video, as well as treat a variety of conditions including allergies, cold and flu symptoms, rashes and more. Check with your local wellness center for a complete list of services available to you virtually.

You may also have access to Premise Virtual, a benefit which gives you 24/7 on-demand access to our team of nationwide providers, which means you can get the care you need around the clock. Check with your employer for availability.

To schedule a local virtual appointment or to request a 24/7 virtual visit, visit MyPremiseHealth.com or download the My Premise Health mobile app.

Don’t delay your care.

We understand your hesitance to be seen in-person right now, but when was your last physical? What about cancer screenings and routine vaccinations? It’s still important, especially if you’ve put off care all year.

While some aspects of your life may be on hold, your health shouldn’t be one of them. We are taking every precaution for safe in-person visits, so don’t put off preventive or routine care due to COVID-19.

Get the care you need, virtually.

While we are taking every precaution to accommodate safe in-person visits, we’re prioritizing virtual care now more than ever to give you the convenient, quality healthcare you deserve. We can provide many routine and non-essential services by phone or video, as well as treat a variety of conditions including allergies, cold and flu symptoms, rashes and more. Check with your local wellness center for a complete list of services available to you virtually.

You may also have access to Premise Virtual, a benefit which gives you 24/7 on-demand access to our team of nationwide providers, which means you can get the care you need around the clock. Check with your employer for availability.

To schedule a local virtual appointment or to request a 24/7 virtual visit, visit MyPremiseHealth.com or download the My Premise Health mobile app.

Don’t delay your care.

We understand your hesitance to be seen in-person right now, but when was your last physical? What about cancer screenings and routine vaccinations? It’s still important, especially if you’ve put off care all year.

While some aspects of your life may be on hold, your health shouldn’t be one of them. We are taking every precaution for safe in-person visits, so don’t put off preventive or routine care due to COVID-19.

Staying healthy through self-care.

During this uncertain time, your physical and emotional wellbeing are equally important. Here are a few resources to help you practice healthy habits in your new normal. You can also get the support you need in-person at your local wellness center or virtually. Your care team is here for you, even from a distance.

Do your part to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even with vaccines being administered rapidly across the US, it is still important that we use all the tools and prevention tactics available to slow the spread and ultimately end the COVID-19 pandemic. By continuing to follow these steps, we’ll soon be on our way back to a more normal way of life.

Talk to your provider about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Continue to wash your hands often.
Stay at a safe 6 feet apart from others.
Wear a face covering while in public.
Always cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Trusted Resources

Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization for more information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.