AAMG COVID-19 VACCINE FAQs
- When can patients receive the COVID-19 vaccine through AAMG?
Currently, we do not have authorization from the health department to vaccinate our patients. We do not know which vaccine we will receive or when we will receive vaccine. Our staff is in constant communication with the health department so we can actively monitor the situation.
- Which AAMG office(s) will be administering the vaccine?
At this time, Walnut Creek is the only location registered with California to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The Walnut Creek building is equipped with the appropriate ultra-cold freezer, should that be necessary for vaccine storage.
- How will patients be informed when AAMG gets the vaccine?
AAMG will reach out to patients by phone call and/or email if/when we have vaccines available. Please reach out to our front office to ensure you are on our email contact list. Patients may also visit our website at bayareaallergy.com.
- A patient already has a vaccine appointment scheduled through the health department but would prefer to get vaccinated through AAMG. Should they cancel my appointment with the local health department?
At this time, we would STRONGLY encourage all patients to keep their appointment with the local health department as we do not yet know when we will be receiving our vaccine supply.
- How much will the vaccine cost?
The government states that there will be no out of pocket cost to any patient. We will bill the patient’s insurance for the administration fee but there should not be any out of pocket costs.
- If a patient already had COVID-19, should they still receive the vaccine?
Yes. According to the CDC “There is not enough information available yet to say if, or for how long after infection, someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. More studies are needed to better understand this. If you know you have had COVID-19 or you think you may have had COVID-19, you do not need to get any testing prior to vaccination. If you have COVID-19 right now, you should wait to be vaccinated until your isolation period is over.” (CDPH)
- Should a patient receive the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines if they are immunocompromised or have an autoimmune disease?
Yes, a patient may choose to be vaccinated as long as they do not have a contraindication to vaccination. Please see detailed considerations about vaccination of people with underlying medical conditions here: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html#underlying-conditions.
- How do patients know when they are in an approved tier to receive the vaccine?
Please check the local health department’s website and go to the COVID-19 vaccine page. They are updated regularly and can best guide you on when you are eligible.
- If a patient has asthma, are they a priority to receive the vaccine?
Information about when a patient is eligible to receive the vaccine can be found at this link: https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/.
10. How long should patients wait between getting the COVID-19 vaccine and their allergy immunotherapy injection or biologic medication?
We do not anticipate any contraindication for patients on AIT. However, it would be best to wait 48 hours between the allergy shot/biologic medication and the COVID-19 vaccine to avoid confusion should a reaction occur.
- What should patients do if they have had an allergic reaction to a vaccine/injectable medication in the past?
A history of any immediate allergic reaction to any other vaccine or injectable therapy is a precaution to currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine may be given; however, these patients should have an office visit with their allergist prior to receiving the vaccination to discuss unknown risks of developing a severe allergic reaction and balance these risks against the benefits of vaccination. These individuals should be observed for 30 minutes after vaccination (cdc.gov).
- What if a patient has received another vaccine in the last 14 days?
The COVID-19 vaccine series should be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of other vaccines. This recommendation is based on the lack of data on the safety and efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines (cdc.gov).
- How do patients know if they are considered high risk for severe COVID-19 illness?
COVID-19 can affect anyone. Risk factors can be assessed here. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/investigations-discovery/assessing-risk-factors.html
- If a patient has had a severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to pets, food, a single oral medication, venom, latex, or pollen, can he/she receive the vaccine?
CDC recommends that people with a history of severe allergic reactions to food, pets, venom, environmental, or latex allergies get vaccinated. Patients with a family history of severe allergic reactions may also get vaccinated (cdc.gov). Patients with a history of severe allergic reactions of any kind should be observed for 30 minutes after vaccination. Patients who have had allergic reactions to vaccines, injectable drugs, drug infusions, components of mRNA vaccines, and multiple oral medications should consult with their allergist.
- What are the ingredients in the COVID-19 Vaccine?
The two COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States do not contain eggs, preservatives, or latex. For a full list of ingredients, please see each vaccine’s Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers:
- What should a patient do if they have had, or thinks they have had, a reaction to any ingredient or component listed in the COVID-19 vaccine?
History of anaphylaxis or an immediate allergic reaction (of any severity) to any COVID-19 vaccine or any component of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is a contraindication to any current COVID-19 vaccine. Please have the patient schedule an appointment with their primary allergist so they can review the details of their previous reactions, discuss risks and benefits, and perform allergy testing if needed to the ingredients listed.
Thursday Dec. 17, 2020
To our AAMG Patients,
Many patients have been inquiring about the COVID-19 vaccine. As you know, the vaccines are in short supply as manufacturers are working to allocate doses. The health department is distributing the vaccine according to a tiered system. We have requested vaccine doses from the manufacturing companies. At this time we do not know when we will be receiving the vaccine for patient administration. AAMG will notify you as soon as we have more information. Meanwhile we continue to support the recommendations provided by the CDC for COVID prevention. Stay safe and Happy Holidays!
AAMG Management and Providers
Friday Dec. 11, 2020
Clarification about our in-office COVID-19 exposure notice:
There were two notices that were communicated to patients regarding our in-office exposure for COVID-19.
A message was sent through Rosch and/or constant contact that our office was being closed for the day. The reason for the closure was that we were deep cleaning our offices and it does not mean you were in our office during the time a potentially infectious employee was in office.
An email was sent regarding the exposure notifying you that you were in one of our offices on a day where one of our employees could have been infectious. You would have only received this email if you were in-office on the same day as our potentially infectious employee. Due to HIPAA laws, we are not able to disclose the identity of the employee. If you had close contact with any of our employees on a day where an employee was potentially infectious, it would be prudent to follow the precautions listed in the letter (Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet for a cumulative of 15 mins or more). Given that AAMG meets (and often exceeds) CDC standards, there is a very low risk that you would contract COVID-19 in our offices.
Please do not hesitate to reach back out to shall you have any questions.
AAMG Management and Partners
Thursday December 10, 2020
DUE to an Employee Who tested positive to COVID the San Ramon office will be closed Friday Dec. 11, 2020 while we do deep cleaning. Patient Safety is our top priority.
DUE to an Employee Who tested positive to COVID the following offices will be closed Thursday Dec. 10, 2020 while we do deep cleaning. Patient Safety is our top priority.
Berkeley, Pleasanton and Walnut Creek
November 3, 2020
Due to potential post-election disruption near some of our clinics, there is a possibility of office closure, a change in office hours and/or shot hours, with little advance notice. Please check the web site throughout this week for any updates.
June 12, 2020
To all patients of the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group,
Please see the link below for a list of lot numbers and more details about the recall:
3/23/20 UPDATE: ALLERGY IMMUNOTHERAPY INJECTIONS will resume Tuesday 3/24/20 check you office schedule below. PLEASE be aware this schedule will be changing on Monday 3/30/20 due to our need to consolidate offices. PLEASE continue to look at the website for the most up to date information.
- Berkeley – https://bayareaallergy.com/locations/berkeley
- Brentwood – https://bayareaallergy.com/locations/brentwood
- Pleasanton – https://bayareaallergy.com/locations/pleasanton
- San Ramon – https://bayareaallergy.com/locations/san-ramon
- Vallejo – (OFFICE CLOSED) SHOTS Transferred to Walnut Creek Office – https://bayareaallergy.com/locations/vallejo
- Walnut Creek – https://bayareaallergy.com/locations/walnut-creek
Here are some measures that our patient’s can do while at home or while at work to help protect them from the Cronavirus.
a. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
b. Wash your hands with soap and water several times a day for 20 seconds each time.
c. Alcohol hand sanitizers are also effective.
d. Try not to touch your face, eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible.
e. Stay home for work when you are sick
f. Keep sick children home from school.
g. Cough and sneeze into a tissue, discard tissue then wash your hands.
h. Coughing and sneezing into your elbow is also sufficient; be sure to wash your hands afterwards.
i. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
j. If they become sick, please schedule a telemedicine appointment.
k. For high risk patients (over 50 years old, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and/or immunodeficient/immunocompromised patients), they should remain at home as much as possible.
l. Lastly, please reference the CDC website for regular updates and new interventions to implement at home.
Dear Patients of Allergy and Asthma Medical Group,
There are growing concerns regarding the spread of the Novel 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the United
States and especially within our community. We understand that many of our patients are feeling fearful, anxious
and uncertain how to prepare during this time. The Allergy and Asthma Medical Group of the Bay Area is taking this
very seriously. We are monitoring the situation closely and are taking all measures suggested by the Center of
Disease Control and the local health authorities. We would like to provide you with specific measures to help better
protect yourself and loved ones from this infection.
Below you will find some measures to help you prepare and prevent the spread of the Novel 2019 Coronavirus:
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 – 30 seconds.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Regularly monitor the temperature of yourself and family members.
- Stay home when you are sick. Please keep children home from school if they too are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and properly dispose of the tissue. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards.
- If you do not have a tissue available, coughing or sneezing into your elbow is also effective.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces.
- Use a barrier, such as a paper towel or tissue, when touching commonly touched surfaces.
- Receive the influenza vaccination if you or another family member have yet to do so.
- If you can, order a two-month supply of your medications.
- Have your home well-stocked with food and water.
- Think about how to care for your loved ones if they become ill, including how you can prevent yourself and
other family members from also becoming sick.
If you are sick or may have come in contact with someone who is sick, we are here for you! Staying home to take
care of yourself is one of the best ways to avoid the continued spread of this illness. If you are in need of medical
advice, please contact one of the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group locations to speak with an advice nurse or to
schedule a video (Telemedicine) appointment. You may also email your doctor with questions or concerns using the
My John Muir Portal. All patient who come into our office and have any acute symptoms will be required to wear a
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