COVID Vaccine Update

As always we want to keep you up-to-date and informed on the COVID-19 status and what to expect. Regarding the progress on a vaccine, please be aware that given the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines, distribution will be limited at first and increase over time. 

Determinations will be based on reaching critical populations to reduce morbidity and mortality rates due to the transmission of COVID-19. Based on the National Academy of Sciences Prioritization here is what to expect:

PHASE 1
A. JUMP START

+ High-risk health workers

+ First responders

B. 

+ People of all ages with comorbid and underlying conditions that put them at significantly higher risk

+ Older adults living in congregate or overcrowded settings

PHASE 2

+ K-12 teachers and school staff and child care workers

+ Critical workers in high-risk settings — workers who are industries essential to the functioning of society and at a substantially higher risk of exposure.

+ People in homeless shelters or group homes for individuals with disabilities, including serious mental illness, developmental and intellectual disabilities, and physical disabilities or in recovery, and staff who work in such settings

+ People in prisons, jails, detention centers, and similar facilities, and staff who work in such settings

+ All older adults not included in Phase 1

PHASE 3

+ Young adults

+ Children

+ Workers in industries and occupations important to the functioning of society and at increased riskof exposure not included in Phase 1 or 2

PHASE 4

+ Everyone residing in the United States who did not have access to the vaccine in previous phases

For more information, please visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com

UPDATE: January 4, 2021

PPMA does not have the COVID-19 vaccine and we do not know if we will be able to receive any to give to our patients.  We are working closely with a concierge pharmacy to try to obtain some doses of the vaccine but they have told us February is the soonest we might receive them, if at all.

Please contact your local pharmacy (like CVS, Walgreens, Costco, etc.) to see if they are on the CDC list and are able to distribute.

In our opinion, there is no significant difference between the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines.  We recommend you take whichever one is first offered to you.

UPDATE: January 6, 2021

We have been in contact with several pharmacies to collect information regarding the availability and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here is what we know at this point:

+ The earliest pharmacies will be receiving the vaccine is mid to late February.

If there are plenty of vaccines available there will be no restriction on who can get it. However if that particular pharmacy has limited vaccines then the following will take affect:

+ Pharmacies will be contacting patients that are in their data-base strictly based on age and not on need nor diagnosis. Pharmacies do not know nor take into consideration underlying diseases (example: a 50-year-old with metastatic cancer or diabetes or lung issues that would make them more susceptible to the disease would not be notified first).

+ The first to be notified will be patients 75+ years of age.

+ Pharmacies will notify patients based on the availability and supply of the vaccine.

+ Pharmacies will continue to contact patients by age, younger and younger, as they go down their own list.

+ The distribution is run by each individual pharmacy and the State of California – not the Federal Government.

We are investigating if a Rx or Doctor’s note can help in any way. Your health and continued safety is of utmost importance to us. We will continue to share information as we obtain it.

We are available to you 24/7 for questions and concerns. Please call our office. We are being inundated with communication by text, email and phone so we ask that you have patience and know that we will respond to every request

We wish you the best of health and that you continue to be safe and protected.

UPDATE: January 25, 2021

The process offered by the State of California to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has so far been unorganized and frustrating. We’ve been unable to obtain it, at this point, due to distribution only to select facilities.  

Many of you have been successful and many of you are still trying to get an appointment. Rest assured that PPMA is continuing our efforts to get any amount of vaccine for our office and to keep you informed of our progress and availability to you our patients. 

Please refer to these websites for more information and to register to make an appointment at one of the many state locations: othena.com and vaccine.ucihealth.org.

Your health and continued safety is of utmost importance to us. We will continue to share information as we obtain it.

UPDATE: February 8, 2021

CVS Pharmacies will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines throughout California on Thursday, February 11. You must be eligible to receive the vaccine under the state’s current vaccine rollout plan, which includes health care workers and people age 65 and older. And you must have an appointment before receiving your dose.

You can start making appointments by registering online at cvs.com or calling 1-800-746-7287 tomorrow Wednesday, February 10.

For a list of other locations in your area currently administering vaccines, please visit VaccinateCA at www.vaccinateca.com.

Your health and continued safety is of utmost importance to us. We will continue to share information as we obtain it.

Learn more about COVID-19 (coronavirus) visit:
CDC
WHO
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