COVID-19

What do I do if I have an upcoming appointment but I or a member of my household tests positive for COVID-19?What do I do if I have an upcoming appointment and have had direct exposure to COVID-19?Is the COVID-19 Vaccine recommended for Pregnant and Lactating Patients?Additional Information


What do I do if I have an upcoming appointment but I or a member of my household tests positive for COVID-19?

OB Patients

1st or 2nd Trimester (prior to 28 weeks)

  • Quarantine for 10 days from your positive test date.
  • Call the office to inform us of your results and to reschedule appointment for after the quarantine period.
  • As long as you are asymptomatic and without fever for 24 hours prior to your rescheduled appointment date, you may still come to that appointment.
  • You do not need to retest negative before coming into the office after the initial 10 day quarantine.

3rd Trimester (28 weeks or after)

  • Call the office and ask to speak to a Triage Nurse to discuss your results and determine if you need to reschedule your appointment, or if you can come in for your appointment at a different time of day.
GYN Patients
  • Quarantine for 10 days from your positive test date.
  • Call the office to inform us of your results and to reschedule appointment for after the quarantine period.
  • As long as you are asymptomatic and without fever for 24 hours prior to your rescheduled appointment date, you may still come to that appointment.
  • You do not need to retest negative before coming into the office after the initial 10 day quarantine.

What do I do if I have an upcoming appointment and have had direct exposure to COVID-19?

OB Patients

Prior to 36 Weeks

  • Quarantine for 7 days from infected person’s positive test date.
  • Call the office to inform us of your results and to reschedule appointment for after the quarantine period.
  • As long as no symptoms developed you may come to your rescheduled appointment.

36 Weeks or After

  • Call the office for additional instructions on exposure.
GYN Patients
  • Quarantine for 7 days from infected person’s positive test date.
  • Call the office to inform us of your results and to reschedule appointment for after the quarantine period.
  • As long as no symptoms developed you may come to your rescheduled appointment.

VACCINES

The U.S. Food &Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the following 2 vaccines:

  1. Pfzier mRNA vaccine (BNT162b2): individuals age 16 years and older as a 2-dose regimen given 3 weeks (21 days) apart
  2. Moderna mRNA vaccine: individuals age 18 and older as a 2-dose regimen given 1 month (28 days) apart

The vaccines have been shown to be about 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 illness after the 2nd dose.

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS

Injection site reaction, fatigue, chills, muscle and joint pain, headaches and fever

  • The expected side effects are a normal part of the body’s reaction to the vaccine and developing antibodies to protect against COVID-19 illness.
  • Symptoms tend to be mild-moderate and go away on their own within 1-2 days
VACCINATION IN PREGNANCY
  • Vaccines currently available have not been tested in pregnant women. Therefore, there are no safety data specific to use in pregnancy.
  • mRNA vaccines are not live virus vaccines. These vaccines do not enter the cell nucleus and do not alter human DNA in vaccine recipients.
    • As a result, mRNA vaccines cannot cause any genetic changes.
VACCINATION IN LACTATING INDIVIDUALS & THOSE CONTEMPLATING PREGNANCY
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends COVID-19 vaccines be offered to lactating individuals.
  • Theoretical concerns regarding the safety of vaccinating lactating individuals do not outweigh the potential benefits of receiving the vaccine. There is no need to avoid initiation or discontinue breastfeeding in patients who receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • ACOG recommends vaccination of individuals who are actively trying to become pregnant or are contemplating pregnancy.
    • If an individual becomes pregnant after the 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine series, the 2nd dose should be given as indicated.
    • If an individual becomes pregnant within 30 days of the vaccine, participation in the CDC’s V-SAFE program should be encouraged. V-SAFE is a tool created by the CDC to document if someone has side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Can my job require the COVID-19 vaccination?

YES, private employers are legally permitted to define basic working conditions and can adopt health and safety standards for their workspace. Requiring employees to get vaccinated against diseases that could compromise health and safety in the workplace would be viewed as part of this ability. {December 2020 guidance from the EEOC}

  1. People can request exemptions for medical and religious reasons, but they are rare and must fit specific criteria.
  2. The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to follow certain steps to consider a reasonable accommodation upon request by a person with a disability such as pregnancy or an underlying health condition that precludes vaccination.
  3. An employer may have the right to require the vaccination if it could be shown that failing to get it would create an undue hardship on the employer or pose a direct threat to anyone working around that person. Additionally, this could be the basis to deny a request for accommodation as well.

Additional Information

  • We do not perform COVID-19 testing at this facility
  • We do not provide the COVID-19 vaccine at this facility
  • The fastest way to reach our Triage Team is by logging into your Patient Portal and selecting “Ask A Clinician” to send a message directly to a nurse.