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COVID-19 Testing Information & Resources

Even during uncertain times, our top priority is the health and safety of our members, employees, communities, and those we work with and serve. Below are resources and information to help your company and worforce stay informed and safe. Click on the links below to view corresponding resources.


What is Influenza?

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at elevated risk of serious flu complications.

Learn more Fighting the Flu

Promoting Flu Vaccination in the Workplace

Take action to keep your workplace healthy this flu season. The best way to prevent flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Consider offering on-site flu vaccinations at your worksite(s). You can also encourage employees to seek flu vaccination with their local UnitedAg Health & Wellness Center, primary care provider or local pharmacy.

Flu shots are now available at the Salinas and Santa Maria Health & Wellness Centers. Book your appointment here and learn about the flu shot being administered.

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On-Site Flu Shot Events

The best time to prepare ourselves for the fight against the flu is right now. Members can schedule their onsite flu shot event with the UnitedAg wellness team and learn about the flu shot administered by our wellness team.

Who qualifies for onsite flu shot events?

When can I schedule my company's onsite flu shot event?
Any time between September 27 through mid-November.

Are you interested in hosting an onsite flu shot event?
If so, please complete the survey below, and a UnitedAg team member will contact you to coordinate your event! For more details, contact Donna Bares.

Onsite Event Survey


What is COVID-19?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented during this pandemic.

Learn more Learn About COVID-19 Variants

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
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List of symptoms Self-checker tool


COVID-19 Resources & Updates

Note: COVID-19 testing is available by appointment only at all UnitedAg Health & Wellness locations.

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Frequently Asked Questions

On November 4th, the federal Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration (OSHA) issued its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to adopt and implement a policy requiring their staff to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to submit to weekly testing.

This rule has been challenged by a number of states and business groups, and on November 6th the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary injunction against the implementation of the ETS. The government must file arguments by the close of business today before the Court can decide whether or not to issue a permanent injunction.

Barsamian & Moody has provided an overview of the ETS, should it be implemented. As of now, businesses are not required to comply with the ETS.

For more information check the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards FAQ.

Mandates for Vaccination or Testing at Larger Companies to Take Effect January 4, 2022
The Biden administration announced Thursday that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect Jan. 4. The rules stipulate that employees that fall into those groups will need to have received the necessary shots to be fully vaccinated, either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna's vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine, by Jan. 4. Read more

Traveling to or from California?
Help prevent the spread of covid-19 by following current CDC travel guidelines. Read the CDC’s travel guidance.

Health & Wellness Centers
All of our Health & Wellness Centers provide COVID-19 diagnostic testing and vaccinations for the prevention of COVID-19.

For more information regarding testing coverage, please contact Member Services at 800.223.4590.

Employer-Sponsored Testing
UnitedAg's Health & Wellness Centers offer employer-sponsored testing as an employment screening service. Check out our flyer to learn more about these services and pricing. If you're interested in incorporating these services in your workplace health program, contact our Client Services team at 800.223.4590.

CVS Pharmacy
With more than 4,800 testing locations, CVS offers PCR and Rapid tests. Tests are available to eligible individuals aged 3 years and older in select locations. To schedule a test at your local CVS Pharmacy, click here.

Teladoc
Teladoc doctors can answer questions about the disease, evaluate your risk, and provide support by phone or video and help relieve symptoms for affected patients. Call 800.835.2362 or book your appointment online.

SAIN Medical
SAIN Medical is UnitedAg's medical provider network with locations along the Mexico border. They provide primary care services, teleconsults, COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Schedule your appointment online or call 011.52.653.536.7800. Read about SAIN's 2021 COVID-19 Protocols.


COVID-19 Testing

Read the CDPH's testing information sheet for California. Learn about when, where and how to get tested.

Diagnostic and screening tests for individuals are covered at no out-of-pocket cost to you. This means you do not need to pay out-of-pocket costs (copay, coinsurance, or deductible) for tests:

  • Whether or not you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Whether or not you think you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Out-of-pocket testing costs for COVID-19 individual diagnostic tests will be waived during the federal public health emergency. This will continue as long as state and federal mandates for the coverage of testing without out-of-pocket costs apply.
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Which types of COVID-19 tests are covered?

These diagnostic and screening tests include:

  • Standard PCR tests sent to a lab
  • Rapid, point of care antigen tests (where results are available within a few minutes)
  • Home self-test kits

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Note: COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment only at all UnitedAg Health & Wellness locations.

Updated Vaccine Dosing Recommendations (11.01.21)
Click here to see the latest vaccine dosing recommendations for the primary series and booster doses.

Is the Vaccine Safe?
COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA have been shown to be safe and effective in clinical trials. Our Health & Wellness Centers are administering the Moderna vaccine to members based on available supplies.

Cost-sharing
United Agricultural Benefit Trust (“UABT”) wants to assure you that we continue to support the health, safety, and well-being of our members during this COVID-19 pandemic. As an ERISA welfare benefit plan, UABT must comply with federal law. UABT members are not financially responsible for any co-payment, percentage payable or deductible for administration fees associated with receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine Distribution from our Health & Wellness Centers
We are now conducting vaccination events in Santa Barbara, Tulare, Monterey, and Stanislaus counties. Members will be notified as appointments are available in their county.

Subscribe to The Weekly Harvest for Updates

Vaccine Distribution from Retail Pharmacies
Many retail pharmacies are offering vaccines in California and Arizona. For California, check MyTurn.CA.gov to find a pharmacy near you to schedule your vaccination. For Arizona, visit the Arizona Vaccination Program Portal to schedule your vaccination.

COVID-19 Booster Shots
COVID-19 Vaccine booster shots are available for the following vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are:

  • 65 years and older
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
  • Age 18+ who work in high-risk settings
  • Age 18+ who live in high-risk settings

You can receive the booster shot from your healthcare provider if you are eligible under these criteria. The booster shot is currently available at UnitedAg Health & Wellness Centers. Check the vaccine availability section for appointments.


COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Our Health & Wellness Centers are administering first and second doses, as well as the booster dose of Moderna vaccines to members based on available supplies. Vaccinations are available on a first-come, first-served basis by appointment only.

Please refer to the vaccination dosage guidelines for the primary series and booster dose.

Booster shots are now available at the Health & Wellness Centers.

  • Primary Series

    Vaccine: Moderna (first & second doses)

    Who Qualifies: Members (including dependents) 18+ years of age.

    When: Friday, December 3 (Chico available December 1 only)

    Where: Chico, Colusa, King City, Salinas, Santa Maria, Turlock and Visalia Health & Wellness Centers
    Click here for directions

    Phone: 877.877.7981

    Appointments

    What you’ll need to bring:

    • Valid photo ID
    • COVID-19 vaccination record card (for second dose)
    • UnitedAg Member ID Card OR other insurance card
    • Completed consent form: English | Spanish
  • Booster Dose

    Vaccine: Moderna

    Who Qualifies: Members (including dependents) who are 18+ years of age who received their initial series more than 6 months ago.

    When: Friday, December 3 (Chico available December 1 only)

    Where: Chico, Colusa, King City, Salinas, Santa Maria, Turlock and Visalia Health & Wellness Centers
    Click here for directions

    Phone: 877.877.7981

    Appointments

    What you’ll need to bring:

    • Valid photo ID
    • COVID-19 vaccination record card
    • UnitedAg Member ID Card OR other insurance card
    • Completed consent form: English | Spanish

What to Expect After Receiving the Vaccine

After receiving the vaccine, you may experience some side effects that are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
The CDC provides interim guidance for people that are fully vaccinated for COVID-19; more than 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or more than 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (J&J/Janssen).

Updated Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
Despite ongoing outreach and improving COVID-19 vaccine access, as of July 27, 2021, a significant proportion of Californians throughout the state are not yet fully vaccinated. The Delta variant is two times as contagious than early COVID-19 variants, leading to increasing infections.

To achieve universal masking in indoor public settings, the CDPH is recommending that fully vaccinated people also mask in indoor public settings across California. This adds an extra precautionary measure for all to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, especially in communities currently seeing the highest transmission rates. Local health jurisdictions may be more restrictive than this guidance.

For more information, visit the CDC website.


Fight Against COVID Awareness Campaign

Join the fight against COVID-19 and help us grow a healthy community, together. Our goal is to educate and promote confidence among the agricultural workforce in their decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those in the agricultural workforce are at higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19 due to the increased prevalence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other underlying conditions.

For resources on how to spread awareness among your workforce, check out our campaign pages below in English and Spanish.

English campaign page Spanish campaign page


UnitedAg COVID-19 Health Benefits

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have several health benefit provisions for UABT participants. If you have any questions regarding your health benefits, contact our Member Services team at 800.223.4590 or email memberservices@unitedag.org.