BCH strongly encourages every able person to get the vaccine.
We have the Moderna (bivalent) vaccine and are offering the vaccine during office visits. CDC recommends one updated (bivalent) booster dose:
- for everyone aged 5 years and older if it has been at least 2 months since your last dose.
- for children aged 6 months – 4 years who completed the Moderna primary series and if it has been at least 2 months since their last dose.
There is no component of the vaccine that will interact with other medications. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must wait 90 days before getting the next COVID-19 booster. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you have recovered from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
If you have had an anaphylactic reaction to other medicines, there is a very rare chance the vaccine will cause the same reaction and you need to be monitored for 30 minutes after the vaccination. Otherwise, you will be monitored for 15 minutes.
Below are links to some local counties websites to get more information:
Retail pharmacies are also getting and administering the vaccine. Click the link below to locate a vaccination site near you.
It will still be important to continue to wear masks, use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing even after you receive the vaccine.
Getting the vaccine is a first step but it will be important to stay vigilant in protecting yourself and your loved ones even after getting the vaccine. You may still be able to be a carrier of the virus even after you are vaccinated.
We will continue to provide updates as we have them. Please check our website and the county websites for additional information as well. Stay safe and healthy!
As always, thank you for trusting us with your healthcare.
Why is Wearing a Mask So Important?
The short answer is, wearing a mask can protect you and those around you.
We Strongly Encourage Wearing a Mask
Masks made of certain materials can act as a barrier for the tiny droplets that come from our noses and mouths when we talk and breathe. Those tiny droplets can spread COVID-19 from person to person. Certain masks effectively block these droplets from traveling, and thus slow the spread.
Therefore, we strongly encourage wearing a mask in public and around those who do not live in your household. A mask should also be worn if you are sick or if you are caring for someone who is sick, regardless of whether they live with you or not.
Which Mask Should You Wear
Over the course of the pandemic, there has been much conversation about which mask is the better mask. Here are those proven most effective.
Children under the age of 2 are not encouraged to wear masks.
Tips for Wearing a Mask
Masks can only provide protection when they are worn properly.
- Wash or sanitize your hands before putting on your mask
- Make sure your mask is always clean and dry
- If you must frequently adjust or fix your masks, it may be too small or too large. Consider a different mask if available.
Tips for Proper Handwashing
Keeping your hands clean is of upmost importance. It helps stop the spread of germs and ultimately helps avoid the spread of illnesses. There are five easy steps to remember when washing your hands.