Coronavirus Updates

New Office Policies in the time of COVID-19

  1. Anyone over the age of 2 years must wear a mask.

  2. We are limiting the number of individuals in a room.

  3. If you have a fever and a cough, a direct exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or have a COVID-19 test pending please let our office know prior to your appointment and we will see you outside. 

  4. We no longer offer walk-in appointments.

  5. Our morning hours are reserved for well check-ups and non-infectious issues.

  6. We are also offering telemedicine appointments for visual diagnosis such as conjunctivitis, rashes, etc. Not all illnesses can be evaluated effectively through telemedicine so please call the office and we will decide which type of appointment is most appropriate. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information​

  1. The vaccine was not rushed.  The speed the vaccine was released was due to the work of a lot of smart people, money, and decades of previous research.  The production of the vaccine was started prior to the completion of clinical trials due to financial support.  Phase I, II, and III trials overlapped to remove white space as well.

  2. The vaccine is effective, even against the Delta variant.  The vaccine is 92-96% effective against hospitalization and death.  There will be breakthrough cases because vaccines are not perfect. However, the cases tend to be more mild with decreased symptoms.  Research shows that the vaccine helps avoid long COVID-19, and for those already with long COVID-19, it helps alleviate symptoms for some.

  3. The mRNA vaccine does not change an individual's DNA.  The mRNA does not enter the cell nucleus where the DNA lives.  The biotechnology has never been approved before because past vaccines were not very effective.  The mRNA breaks down quickly so it needs to be transported by something.  Finding that something has been challenging, but scientists found that fat bubbles for COVID-19 work great.

  4. Long term side effects are highly unlikely.  We do not know the long term effects of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.  However, based on our knowledge of mRNA and the human body, we do not expect long term side effects.  The mRNA is very fragile and degrades within 72 hours of injection and the "fat bubbles" or lipids leave within days.  The mRNA vaccine is not made up of any pathogens.  In the history of vaccines, serious adverse reactions have only popped-up in the first 2 months of receiving the vaccine.  Individuals who have gotten pregnant after the vaccine or received the vaccine during pregnancy have not had any complications form the vaccine.

  5. Individuals will likely experience some side effects.  The most common side effects reported in clinical trials are fever, fatigue, headaches, chills, diarrhea, and muscle and joint pain for several days.  The side effects may worsen with the second dose.  Swollen lymph nodes were more common in the vaccine group compared to the placebo group; all cases resolved within 1 week.  There are anecdotal reports of temporary menstrual cycle changes that are due to the body mounting an immune response to the vaccine.  There is also a small risk of mild heart inflammation (about 1:20,000) from the mRNA vaccine, which resolves after about 2 months, unlike heart inflammation from COVID-19 infection (1:40) that can be long term.​