COVID Guidance

What to do if you're a TRICARE beneficiary

Simple measures can protect you and your community. It’s also important to identify the symptoms of COVID-19 and know when to seek help. COVID-19 affects people in different ways. Infected people have reported a wide range of symptoms–from mild symptoms to severe illness. Do you think you may have COVID-19?  Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Coronavirus Self-Checker.



Why should I get the vaccine?

According to the CDC, a COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool in stopping the pandemic. It’s an effective way to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19. And it may help keep you from getting seriously ill if you do catch the virus. Unvaccinated individuals are more likely to have severe disease and be hospitalized. >>Learn more.

Getting vaccinated also protects the health of the people around you—especially those who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

View this information with potential updates on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

What should I do if I feel sick or think I was exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with a person sick with COVID-19, or traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, don’t make an appointment or walk into your local military hospital or clinic. Instead, stay at home and speak with a Military Health System (MHS) registered nurse, who will assess your symptoms. The nurse can screen you for potential or suspected exposure or infection. If needed, they can coordinate a virtual visit with a health care provider.

Looking to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine for your child, ages 5-15? Call first to make sure they have the vaccine you need.

Can I pick up free at-home COVID-19 tests at a military hospital or clinic?

Most military hospitals and clinics are distributing at-home COVID-19 tests to any eligible TRICARE beneficiaries. Contact your nearest military hospital or clinic about availability. >>Learn more

You may be able to use an online scheduling tool to book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at a DoD vaccination site.

>>Learn more.

There’s no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine itself. But there may be a cost based on your health plan for an office visit with a provider, or if you require follow-on care. >>Learn more
Starting Jan. 14, 2022, TRICARE will cover paxlovid and molnupiravir to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19. To get these oral antivirals, you must have an order from a TRICARE-authorized providerAn authorized provider is any individual, institution/organization, or supplier that is licensed by a state, accredited by national organization, or meets other standards of the medical community, and is certified to provide benefits under TRICARE. There are two types of TRICARE-authorized providers: Network and Non-Network. DS. The CDC highly encourages patients get a COVID-19 test early after known or suspected exposure or as soon as symptoms are present. This is because these antivirals work best during the early stages of COVID-19 infection.
You’ll be able to get these drugs at no cost from:
TRICARE covers the use of investigational drugs for the treatment of serious or life-threatening cases of COVID-19. These drugs don't apply to drugs given under the TRICARE Pharmacy Program. This coverage is temporary during the national health emergency due to the pandemic.
The three-day prior hospital stay requirement before a skilled nursing facility admission has been waived. This waiver is temporary during the national health emergency due to the pandemic.

The federal government is offering free at-home COVID-19 tests. >>Learn more

At the time of posting, this information is current. Visit www.cdc.gov or TRICARE COVID Guidance for the most current COVID-19 information.

Last Updated 3/8/2022