COVID-19 IMPACT ON OUR PRACTICE
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE – My Experience
I was invited to participate in the first round of the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine. I have looked at the science behind the vaccine and believe it was in the best interest of my personal health and safety, as well as that of my family, staff, patients, and friends. The vaccine itself is not an excuse to let down our guard and we must still be vigilant adhering to social distancing and mask use to put this pandemic behind us. I am doing my part.
The process of the injection itself was exactly like the flu shot. It was placed into my non dominant arm as I did not know what to expect in terms of side effects. The injection itself took 2 seconds and did not hurt. I was observed for 15 minutes to watch for side effects, which are rare, but usually show up within the first 15 minutes after the injection. I did not have any immediate side effects and went right back to work after the injection. The rest of the day was uneventful.
The second day after the injection my shoulder was sore where the injection was placed. I still had full range of motion, but felt like I got hit hard in my deltoid. I was unable to sleep on that shoulder the second night.
By the third day, I was back to normal with no lingering effects.
I will receive the second vaccine dose 21 days after the first injection and update my experience here.
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on many communities around the country. We have been closely monitoring the situation – and following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as well as State and Local Medical Societies.
We have developed a proactive response plan that takes steps to ensure that we help protect the health and safety of our staff and patients.
We Remain Open to Serve You – We continue to offer onsite appointments for your convenience in a sanitized, socially distanced environment. We also offer TELEHEALTH visits with audiovisual or telephone interaction with our physicians and physician assistants. Our phones are staffed by our Medical Secretaries throughout the week, and by our answering service on weekends. We are here for you!
Your Appointment – For an onsite appointment, we ask that you only come to the office if you have no symptoms of cough, fever, or shortness of breath.
If you have travelled out of the state or country within the past 14 days, please be aware of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Travel Order.
Face masks or coverings are REQUIRED, as per the CDC guidelines.
If you prefer a TELEHEALTH visit, we can set up an audiovisual appointment utilizing ZOOM technology. Our staff will send you the password protected link within 24hours of your appointment.
Commitment to Cleanliness and Safety – Our exam rooms are cleaned with EPA – certified cleansers and disinfectants to maintain the health and well being of our patients after EVERY PATIENT.
Clear plastic barriers have been installed at check in and check out windows.
All touch surfaces are wiped and sanitized after every patient.
Our staff wear masks as per the CDC guidelines. We will continue to be diligent in maintaining universal precautions.
You will have your temperature taken upon entry to the building and you will be asked screening questions about any potential symptoms
You will use hand sanitizer upon entry to the building, and then AGAIN upon entry to our office.
We ask that you bring your own pen to complete any necessary forms. If you cannot, we will have sanitized pens for your convenience.
Emergency Care Will Always Be Available – As an integral part of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Saint Vincent Hospital, there will always be Orthopedic Surgical care available from either myself or one of my colleagues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Orthopedic Surgeons at Saint Vincent Hospital are committed to providing Orthopedic Care under any and all circumstances. We will always be here for you.