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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 current 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 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.

Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updated information from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control.

 

Sibel Blau, MD presents important information for immunocompromised patients regarding COVID-19, the delta variant and the COVID-19 vaccine:

 

IMPORTANT VACCINE UPDATE: We now have the ability to offer a third vaccine to our patients that meet the current CDC criteria. Contact our clinic at 253-428-8700 to schedule your vaccine.


Who needs to get a third vaccine shot?
According to the CDC, the only people who would need to get a third COVID-19 vaccine shot to supplement their initial two would be people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

This is because these patients are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness and especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

This includes people who have:

-been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
-received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
-received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
-moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
-advanced or untreated HIV infection.
-active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

The CDC reports that about 3% of the adult population would qualify for a third shot.

 

When should I get my third shot?
CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

 

Who needs to get a booster shot?
Everyone who got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The CDC has confirmed that these COVID-19 vaccines weaken over time, like many other vaccines, so if you got fully vaccinated, you will need to get a booster shot to make sure you continue to be fully vaccinated.

Health leaders expect that people who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will need booster shots, but they are awaiting further data before making a decision.

 

Additional info can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html

This website can help you find a vaccine providers in WA state: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/

If you received your vaccine already, its important that you let your provider know. Please also bring a copy of your vaccination card with you to your appointment.

 

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses of the vaccine?

Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself. CDC will continue to update this page as we learn more.

While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.

To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often

Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.


Current COVID-19 Information:

 

The following office is temporarily closed:

  • Bonney Lake

 

Message to our patients from Dr. Frank Senecal:

 

Here are a few additional resources:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control

 

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.

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