COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATES

CDC Issues Updated Guiding Principles for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated

Read the latest updates regarding COVID-19 vaccine availability and distribution.

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination

Pharmacists are highly trusted and trained healthcare providers who have direct access to and knowledge of their patient populations. Pharmacists are trained to counsel patients, administer vaccine, and provide vaccine education, and pharmacies are readily accessible in communities – with most Americans living within five miles of a pharmacy. Recognizing this, the federal government has made pharmacies a key part of its COVID-19 vaccination strategy. While the program will ultimately expand to include more than 40,000 pharmacies, it is important to know that early on, when vaccine supply is still limited, many pharmacies may not have vaccine or may have very limited supply.

Here is a link for Retail Pharmacies that are receiving federal allocations of the Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen COVID Vaccines. The link also includes pharmacy scheduling links.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/FedRetailPharmProgVacAppt.aspx 

Graybill COVID-19 Vaccine Program Discontinued

Due to changes in the State of California COVID-19 vaccine distribution program, Graybill Medical Group’s COVID-19 vaccine program has been discontinued. For information on how and where to get vaccinated, go to:

  • Myturn.ca.gov – Register here to receive updates about new appointments and locations. Note: My Turn is available in eight languages, and for those without internet access, appointments can be made by calling (833) 422-4255. The hotline is available in English and Spanish, with third party translators available in more than 250 additional languages.
  • Vaccinefinder.org – Find a nearby location where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Palomar Health Opens COVID19 Resource Clinic in North County

On Monday, February 9, 2021, Palomar Health unveiled today the region’s first COVID-19 Resource Clinic that offers vaccines, testing and monoclonal anti-body therapy in one location. These services are open to the public and available by appointment only by going to Palomar Health’s website. Anti-body therapy is offered by physician referral only. Source: Palomar Health, accessed 2/9/21.

PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY UPDATES

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

California Department of Public Health

San Diego County Department of Public Health

Riverside County Public Health

GRAYBILL COVID-19 UPDATES

Screening Mammography Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccine Related Adenopathies 

The Graybill Radiology Department would like to share the following regarding screening mammography and recently published recommendations for best management during the pandemic.

In response to evidence published last week in Clinical Imaging that the two approved COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer & Moderna) can potentially lead to axillary adenopathies that can mimic breast malignancies. Moving forward our Radiology Department will advise all patients scheduling screening mammograms of the following recommendation by the Society of Breast Imaging.

“When possible – being sure not to unduly delay care – schedule screening exams before the first vaccine dose or four-to-six weeks after the second dose.” – SBI 1/26/21

References:

https://www.diagnosticimaging.com/view/sbi-publishes-management-guidance-for-covid-19-vaccine-related-adenopathies
https://www.clinicalimaging.org/article/S0899-7071(21)00020-6/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_aip_email

 

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