Friday, March 20, 2020

Updated May 15, 2023

End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency:

Since the Federal Health Emergency ended on May 11, 2023, here’s what you need to know.

Things that will remain the same:

  • COVID-19 vaccines will still be available at no cost
  • For most private insurance, COVID-19 vaccines will be fully covered without a co-pay when provided by an in-network provider
  • Medicare Part B and Advantage plans will still cover COVID-19 Tests ordered by a provider, vaccinations, and oral antivirals
  • Medicaid will still cover COVID-19 Tests, vaccines, and oral antivirals, until 9/30/24. After that coverage will vary by state.
  • Major telehealth flexibilities will not be affected. Most current Medicare telehealth flexibilities will remain in place through December 2024.

Things that will change:

  • If you have private insurance, cost sharing for testing and treatments varies based on the insurance provider
  • Free at-home COVID-19 test kits will end June 30, 2023
  • COVID-19 Community Levels and Community Transmission data will no longer be available

What you can do:

  • Continue to follow all public health recommendations especially those regarding vaccination, masking, testing and isolation when sick.
  • Those who are at high risk for severe disease, or who have frequent contact with someone at high risk, should consult with their physician regarding additional precautions.

End of the Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Declaration (CDC)

COVID-19 Vaccine Location Finder

IDPH Vaccine Location Finder

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has opened a vaccine appointment call center to assist people who do not have access or are having difficulty navigating online services. The call center is open 24/7 and can be reached at (833) 621-1284. For general questions about COVID-19 and Illinois‘ guidance, call 800-889-3931 or email

Federal Pharmacy Program Partner


Local Community Vaccine Appointments

Jewel-Osco                            VNA Health Care

CVS                                         Walmart

Meijer                                     Kroger

Mariano’s                               Oak Street Health

Hines VA

Symptoms of COVID-19:

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

What you can do to slow the spread: 

  • Stay home if possible
  • Wash your hands often
  • Practice social distancing (6 feet apart) with people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and/or your underlying condition or if you are sick

Informational Links:

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Illinois Coronavirus Response

Illinois Coronavirus Information (Illinois Department of Public Health)

COVID-19 Information (Administration on Community Living)

Coronavirus: Tips for Dementia Caregivers (Alzheimer’s Association)

If you are an older adult or a caregiver and need assistance, contact AgeGuide at (800) 528-2000


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