Skip main navigation

Military Health System

Clear Your Browser Cache

This website has recently undergone changes. Users finding unexpected concerns may care to clear their browser's cache to ensure a seamless experience.

Get Your Updated COVID-19 Vaccine With TRICARE

Image of Get Your Updated COVID-19 Vaccine With TRICARE. U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Maria Molina, from Kerville, Texas, prepares to administer a vaccination aboard on the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52). Bunker Hill, part of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, is currently underway in U.S. 7th Fleet conducting routine operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jordan Jennings)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 this fall and winter. Updated COVID-19 vaccines are now available for people ages 6 months and older.

“Getting the updated vaccine can enhance your protection against the COVID-19 variants currently responsible for most infections and increasing hospitalizations in the United States,” said Capt. John Iskander, MD, MPH, chief, Immunization Healthcare Division, Defense Health Agency. “Hospitalization rates are highest in infants and older adults.”

Here’s what you need to know about the updated vaccine and protecting yourself from COVID-19.

Q: How does TRICARE cover the updated vaccine?

A: There are three ways you can get the updated COVID-19 vaccine at no cost:

  1. Go to a military hospital or clinic. Call ahead to make sure the vaccine is available.
  2. Go to a TRICARE retail network pharmacy. Make sure the person who gives you the vaccine is a pharmacist. If another type of provider gives you a vaccine at a participating pharmacy, you may have out-of-pocket costs.
  3. See a TRICARE-authorized provider. However, if you get other services at the same time, you may have to pay copayments or cost-shares. These costs vary based on your health plan.

Q: Which vaccines have been updated?

A: The mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have been updated for 2023–2024. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet approved or authorized an updated Novavax COVID-19 vaccine. As a result, the original Novavax vaccine can still be given as a primary series or booster dose if it’s determined that the individual shouldn’t wait for a 2023–2024 Novavax COVID-19 vaccine. The Novavax booster is authorized for people ages 18 and older.

Q: Who should get the updated vaccine?

A: Everyone ages 6 months and older should get the updated vaccine. Follow these guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Q: Why should I get the updated COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The virus that causes COVID-19 is always changing, and protection from COVID-19 vaccines declines over time, says the CDC. In addition to helping you prevent hospitalization and death related to COVID-19, the updated vaccine can reduce your chance of developing Long COVID.

Q: How else can I protect myself against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses?

A: Vaccination is the first tool in your toolbox for respiratory virus season. In addition to the updated COVID-19 vaccine, you can also get your annual flu vaccine. And for the first time, vaccines are available to protect infants, children, and adults ages 60 and older from RSV.

Practicing good health habits can also help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. Take these steps when you feel well or sick:

  • Stay home if you feel sick or test positive for COVID-19.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay in well-ventilated spaces.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask if you’re at risk or if COVID-19 hospitalizations are high in your area.

Go to www.tricare.mil/covid to learn more about how TRICARE covers COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatment.

Would you like the latest TRICARE news sent to you by email? Visit TRICARE Subscriptions, and create your personalized profile to get benefit updates, news, and more.

You also may be interested in...

Article
Aug 23, 2023

TRICARE Laboratory Developed Tests Demonstration Extended, Certain Tests Now Covered

TRICARE Laboratory Developed Tests Demonstration Extended, Certain Tests Now Covered

The Defense Health Agency announced the five-year extension of the Laboratory Developed Tests Demonstration. The DHA extended the demonstration from July 19, 2023 through July 18, 2028. The DHA also announced that TRICARE will now cover several preconception and prenatal carrier screenings as part of the basic TRICARE benefit.

Article
Aug 17, 2023

Stay on Top of TRICARE Prescriptions with Express Scripts App

Stay on Top of TRICARE Prescriptions With Express Scripts App

Do you need help managing your prescriptions? Express Scripts, the TRICARE pharmacy contractor, has a free, easy-to-use app that can help. The Express Scripts Pharmacy mobile app is a secure way to stay on top of taking your medication. The app is full of useful features, like dose reminders and the ability to approve refills. Here’s a look at some of ...

Article
Aug 15, 2023

Have Other Health Insurance? Here’s How It Works With TRICARE

Have Other Health Insurance? Here’s How It Works With TRICARE

Your TRICARE plan might be only part of your health care coverage. If you have additional coverage through your employer, your spouse’s employer, or a private insurance program, you have other health insurance (OHI). Here are six tips to help you learn how TRICARE works when you also use OHI.

Topic
Aug 8, 2023

Preventive Health

The MHS is committed to the long-term health and vitality of our nation’s warfighters, their families, retirees, and civilians. The items in this toolkit will help you communicate important preventive health care measures to your audiences to educate them and encourage them to make health choices for their health.

Article
Aug 2, 2023

Before Natural Disasters Strike, Know Your TRICARE Benefits

Before Natural Disasters Strike, Know Your TRICARE Benefits

In case of a natural disaster, one of the most important preparations is to ensure you and your family have your prescription drugs and access to health care services. When the government issues a state of emergency, TRICARE may temporarily change its procedures to ensure that you receive timely medical care.

Article
Jul 25, 2023

Beat the Back-to-School Rush: TRICARE Preventive Health Checks for Kids

Beat the Back-to-School Rush: TRICARE Preventive Health Checks for Kids

Summer is a great time to take care of health checkups for your kids. Your child’s school likely requires students to get an annual health exam and be up to date on vaccines. With a new school year around the corner, don’t delay medical appointments for your kids.

Infographic
Jul 25, 2023

COVID-19: Underlying Condition List

Graphic explaining the risk of severe illness to COVID-19 under certain medical conditions. Certain underlying medical conditions put you at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death. Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19: Cancer; Chronic kidney disease; COPD; Down Syndrome; Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies; Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant; Obesity; Pregnancy; Sickle cell disease; Smoking; or Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Certain underlying medical conditions put you at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death.

Infographic
Jul 25, 2023

COVID-19: Increased Risk

You Might be at Increased Risk

COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of many underlying medical conditions on the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know at this time, adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19: Asthma ...

Article
Jul 20, 2023

Learn How Qualifying Life Events Work at August 10 TRICARE Webinar

Learn How Qualifying Life Events Work at August 10 TRICARE Webinar

What do moving, getting married, having a baby, and retiring from active duty have in common? They’re all TRICARE Qualifying Life Events, also known as QLEs. QLEs can affect your TRICARE coverage. Join TRICARE Thursday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET for a webinar, “Moving, Marriage, and More: What TRICARE QLEs Mean for You.”

Skip subpage navigation
Refine your search
Last Updated: September 22, 2023
Follow us on Instagram Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Facebook Follow us on X Follow us on YouTube Sign up on GovDelivery