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COVID-19 OFFICE PROTOCOLS
Family Practice Associates of Exton & Marshallton
If you feel the need to get tested, please call our office and make either an in person or Televisit appointment to discuss the risks and benefits with your provider. If you and your provider determine that you should still be tested, please keep the following in mind:
If you fall into the current group eligible for a vaccine, please sign up on on the Chester County Hospital Vaccination Distribution Information site so you can receive the vaccine as soon as a dose is available to you. Please do not wait until our practice has the vaccine to get your dose.
PA is currently vaccinating those in the 1A group population.
The Pennsylvania State Department of Health revised its list of those who are included in Category 1A:
PA Health Department Vaccine Information
In addition to those who had been in this group, those newly added to Category 1A include the following:
Persons ages 65 and older
Persons ages 16-64 with high-risk conditions:
Chronic kidney disease
Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
Sickle cell disease
Type 2 diabetes mellitus
In response to this change, Chester Count Hospital has revised their COVID-19 vaccination information page: Chester County Hospital Vaccination Distribution Information
As a leading provider of health care services, Chester County Hospital is endeavoring to be responsible stewards of the vaccines we received from the PA Department of Health. We are following the guidance publish by the CDC and the DOH to vaccinate hospital employees who fall in the 1A category (those who are essential providers of care (whether employed or voluntary) and who are at risk for exposure to COVID through the performance of their work duties.
At present, we are focused on vaccinating 1A staff who are employees of Chester County Hospital or on our affiliated staff. As we acquire more vaccine, we will be reaching out to 1A staff outside of the hospital with no relationship to a currently-authorized vaccination provider to offer vaccination services.
We recognize how very important vaccine is to our community and we are endeavoring to scale up vaccination capabilities, depending on supply, by partnering with county and regional resources.
Until vaccine is available for broader distribution, please continue to practice social distancing and mask wearing. Until enough people have been vaccinated to establish herd immunity, basic practices to prevent the spread of COVID must continue. Also, stay tuned for more information from the Chester County Health Department as the number of sites for vaccine delivery expand.
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