COVID-19 UPDATES

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VACCINATIONS

Public Notice: The Medical Society does NOT administer or carry the COVID-19 vaccine. Please contact your physician, the Suffolk County Department of Health, or the following organizations for information regarding appointments.

 

Northwell Coronavirus Digital Resource Center

Northwell Coronavirus Digital Resource Center - Vaccine Information

Covid-19 Vaccinations at Suffolk County Community College – Make an Appointment

NYC Vaccine Finder : Vaccine finder search by zipcode - requires need a city address to register with (Home or Work).

MSSNY: Vaccine Release Schedule by County

Phased Distribution of the Vaccine - Phase 1A & 1B

Eligible New Yorkers in Phase 1A & 1B are:

  • Individuals Age 30 and older who reside in New York
  • First Responder or Support Staff for First Responder Agency
  • Fire
    • State Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
    • Local Fire Service, including firefighters and investigators (professional and volunteer)
  • Police and Investigations
    • State Police, including Troopers
    • State Park Police, DEC Police, Forest Rangers
    • SUNY Police
    • Sheriffs' Offices
    • County Police Departments and Police Districts
    • City, Town, and Village Police Departments
    • Transit of other Public Authority Police Departments
    • State Field Investigations, including DMV, SCOC, Justice Center, DFS, IG, Tax, OCFS, SLA
  • Public Safety Communications
    • Emergency Communication and PSAP Personnel, including dispatchers and technicians
  • Other Sworn and Civilian Personnel
    • Court Officer
    • Other Police or Peace Officer
    • Support or Civilian Staff for Any of the Above Services, Agencies, or Facilities
  • Corrections
    • State DOCCS Personnel, including correction and parole officers
    • Local Correctional Facilities, including correction officers
    • Local Probation Departments, including probation officers
    • State Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
    • Local Juvenile Detention and Rehabilitation Facilities
  • P-12 Schools
    • P-12 school (public or non-public) or school district faculty or staff (includes all teachers, substitute teachers, student teachers, school administrators, paraprofessional staff, and support staff including bus drivers)
    • Contractor working in a P-12 school or school district (including contracted bus drivers)
    • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group childcare
  • In-person college faculty and essential in-person staff
  • Employees or Support Staff of licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Setting
  • Licensed, registered, approved or legally exempt group Childcare Provider
  • Public Transit
    • Airline and airport employee
    • Passenger railroad employee
    • Subway and mass transit employee (i.e., MTA, LIRR, Metro North, NYC Transit, Upstate transit)
    • Ferry employee
    • Port Authority employee
    • Public bus employee
  • Public facing grocery store workers, including convenience stores, bodegas, regional food banks, food pantries and permitted home-delivered meal programs
  • Individual living in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared with individuals and families who are not part of your household
  • Individual working (paid or unpaid) in a homeless shelter where sleeping, bathing or eating accommodations must be shared by individuals and families who are not part of the same household, in a position where there is potential for interaction with shelter residents
  • High-risk hospital and FQHC staff, including OMH psychiatric centers
  • Health care or other high-risk essential staff who come into contact with residents/patients working in LTCFs and long-term, congregate settings overseen by OPWDD, OMH, OCFS, OTDA and OASAS, and residents in congregate living situations, overseen or funded by the OPWDD, OMH, OCFS, OTDA and OASAS
  • Certified NYS EMS provider, including but not limited to Certified First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Technician – Critical Care, Paramedic, Ambulance Emergency Vehicle Operator, or Non-Certified Ambulance Assistant
  • County Coroner or Medical Examiner, or employer or contractor thereof who is exposed to infectious material or bodily fluids
  • Licensed funeral director, or owner, operator, employee, or contractor of a funeral firm licensed and registered in New York State, who is exposed to infectious material or bodily fluids
  • Staff of urgent care provider
  • Staff who administer COVID-19 vaccine
  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care, or other staff in a position in which they have direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff)
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Home care workers and aides, hospice workers, personal care aides, and consumer-directed personal care workers
  • Staff and residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and adult care facilities
  • Restaurant employees, including workers in permitted soup kitchen and congregate meal programs*
  • Restaurant delivery workers*
  • Public facing hotel workers*
  • For-hire vehicle drivers, including taxi, livery, black car, and transportation network company drivers*

*Eligible for vaccination at State-operated mass vaccination sites, and, at the option of local health departments (LHDs) at LHD-operated point of distribution sites.

List of Comorbidities and Underlying Conditions:

New Yorkers age 16 and older with the following conditions qualify for the vaccine:

  • Cancer (current or in remission, including 9/11-related cancers)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pulmonary Disease, including but not limited to, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and 9/11 related pulmonary diseases
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, including but not limited to heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including but not limited to solid organ transplant or from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, use of other immune weakening medicines, or other causes
  • Severe Obesity (BMI 40 kg/m2), Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease or Thalassemia
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Neurologic conditions including but not limited to Alzheimer's Disease or dementia
  • Liver disease

The list is subject to change as additional scientific evidence is published and as New York State obtains and analyzes additional state-specific data.

Beginning March 17, the following essential workers are eligible:

  • Public-facing government and public employees
  • Not-for-profit workers who provide public-facing services to New Yorkers in need
  • Essential in-person public-facing building service workers

PUBLIC HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE

The New York State Department of Health has released updated guidance documents on April 1st, 2021, primarily covering quarantine due to exposure or travel, and exempting fully vaccinated people from quarantine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance is that fully vaccinated people should still wear masks when with other unvaccinated people who are at risk of developing severe symptoms if exposed to COVID. If all are fully vaccinated, then masks/social distancing is not required. NYS guidance does not allow quarantine exemption for fully vaccinated after international travel. Please CLICK HERE to read the article with more information.

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in public like wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing
  • Wear masks, practice physical distancing, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

NYS CDC Guidance Links

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH) PROVIDER UPDATES

2020 DOH MEDICARE UPDATES

CMS PODCAST AND TRANSCRIPTS

THE CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS)

TELEHEALTH INCLUDING TELEPHONIC

The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) has created a video education series on Telemedicine, including such important topics as Setting Up Free Telemedicine for your Patients, Implementing Telemedicine into your Practice and more. CLICK HERE to view the videos.

If you are using Zoom for teleconferencing, please CLICK HERE to read the FBI report on “zoom-bombing” which is on the increase.

PATIENT WITH COUGH, SOB, FEVER

  • Have patients call ahead before coming to the practice
  • Place visible signs at the entrance
  • Pre-screen patient before entering the facility
  • Use PPE – N95 mask, gown, eye protection, and gloves
  • Facemask on the symptomatic patient can reduce exposure

Public Notice: The Medical Society does NOT administer or carry the COVID-19 vaccine. Please contact your physician or the Suffolk County Department of Health for information regarding appointments.