Elderplan/HomeFirst COVID-19 Update

Elderplan/HomeFirst Encourages You to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

There are currently two vaccines approved and available to help protect you from acquiring the COVID-19 infection: Pfizer and Moderna. Both vaccines have been shown to be approximately 95% effective. They are also very safe. Most people have experienced no or minimal side effects such as pain at the injection site and/or mild flu like symptoms.

Any person with COVID-19 could suffer serious health consequences. Individuals who are over 65, or who have chronic medical conditions, are especially at risk for getting very sick, being hospitalized, experiencing serious complications, and even death.

The senior leaders and medical officers of MJHS Health System and Elderplan/HomeFirst strongly encourage you to protect yourself and others by getting vaccinated as soon as you become eligible.

Below are links to the New York City and New York State vaccination scheduling websites. If you live outside of NY, please check for local resources. If you experience any challenges with appointment availability, please keep trying. If you need assistance please contact Elderplan Member Services at 1-800-353-3765 (TTY: 711) 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.


Dear Elderplan/HomeFirst Member:

We hope this letter finds you well.

As a valued member of Elderplan/HomeFirst, we want to remind you that we are just a phone call away. We are here to answer questions you might have about your own health care during the COVID-19 health crisis…and to assist you, should you have any challenges receiving the care you need.

In addition, to provide further support, we have included helpful tips for you as well as your caregivers.  And, since many of us are experiencing a bit of cabin fever, and could use a little distraction, we have assembled a resource to keep you entertained and support your physical and emotional well-being while you stay home. While the zoo tours are among our favorites, there is something for everyone. Simply click on  Find Ways to Stay Entertained at Home.

Thank you again for choosing Elderplan/HomeFirst. You can reach us by calling Member Services at 1-800-353-3765 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711 for TTY/TDD.


David Wagner
President, MJHS Health Plans

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