An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted to recommend additional booster shots be given to those fully vaccinated individuals who received an mRNA (Moderna or Pfizer) vaccine, considered to be high risk – immunocompromised. Immunocompromised individuals can begin receiving a third mRNA booster shot immediately.
The following list, which is not all inclusive, are examples of conditions that would qualify: Solid organ, stem cell or bone marrow transplant patients; cancer patients; HIV/AIDS patients; patients with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis etc.; patients who are on chronic steroid therapy or taking immunomodulating or immunosuppressive medication; patients with primary or hereditary immune disorders.
Patients will not need a prescription, proof, or the signoff of a healthcare provider in order to prove they are immunocompromised and receive the additional dose.
Mixing of mRNA vaccines is permitted for the third shot if the original vaccine is not available. OPTUM Colorado Springs currently only has the Pfizer vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine may be given to those who initially received Moderna.
There is still no recommendation from the CDC or FDA about what to do with those individuals who received the J&J vaccine. We are awaiting further guidance from the CDC. We are also awaiting further guidance on giving boosters to all other populations. Please continue to check our web page for further updates.
Scheduling can begin immediately. Please call our OPTUM hotline at 719-463-5650 to make your appointment.
As we continue to navigate through this pandemic, your health, well-being and safety remain our top priority. I am writing to let you know that effective immediately, masking and social distancing is required of all patients and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, while at any Mountain View Medical Group facility.
Our caregivers and staff also will be required to wear masks and social distance.
This change is necessary because El Paso County has fallen into the “high” category of COVID-19 transmission. The Delta variant has proven to be more contagious and virulent than we had hoped, and the number of new cases has increased dramatically in the last two weeks.
This requirement is in keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which released revised guidelines on July 27 stating that in addition to those who are not vaccinated for COVID-19, those who are fully vaccinated and who are in an area of substantial or high transmission should wear a mask indoors for maximum protection from the Delta variant and to prevent possibly spreading it to others.
We strongly encourage you get vaccinated if you haven’t done so already. We currently offer in-person and telehealth video appointments. Please contact your doctor’s office with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
Thank you for continuing to entrust your care with Mountain View Medical Group.
We are taking every action possible to protect our patients, our clinical staff and the community from COVID-19.
For questions and scheduling adolescents 12 to 15 years old for the COVID-19 Vaccine please visit: CoSprings.Optum.com/COVID-19-Vaccine
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