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Covid-19 Vaccine And FAQ Updates

 

To Our Valued Patients:

With the arrival of the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine being delivered across the country, this has been a momentous couple weeks for our community. Since the start of the pandemic, researchers around the world have worked to develop a safe and effective vaccine at record speed. Their accomplishment means that the end of the pandemic is more clearly in sight.

As you may have seen in news reports, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that the first doses of the vaccine go to residents of long-term care facilities as well as healthcare workers who are at highest risk because they provide direct care for patients with COVID-19.

Patient Vaccine Information: We look forward to offering you the vaccine and will notify you as soon as it is made available to the public. We are not currently scheduling patients for the COVID-19 vaccine or taking names for a waiting list. The timing of your vaccination will depend on vaccine availability and on guidelines that the CDC will provide for a phased and equitable approach to vaccine distribution.

We will soon have a page on our website where you can find information on the COVID-19 vaccine and answers to common questions about the safety and effectiveness of current vaccines. We will be adding new information as it becomes available, including when vaccines will be available to patients. We will send out a follow up message when more information is available.

Stay Healthy: Even with a vaccine in place, it is critical that we maintain the health and safety guidelines of masking, physical distancing, small household gatherings and handwashing to control the rise in cases that is occurring across our state and country. We succeeded in flattening the curve in the spring, and the same goal is true now. Every action we can take to prevent transmissions is vital. We need your help now more than ever.

More information regarding the vaccine and frequently asked questions can be found here: Covid-19 FAQ Document

 

From all of us at Northwest Medical Specialties, we wish you a happy and healthy new year that brings an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Sincerely,

Sibel Blau, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Medical Specialties, PLLC

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 NOTICE

November 16, 2020 Update

IMPORTANT: NO VISITORS
During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

  • Bonney Lake
  • Federal Way

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control