Important COVID-19 Omicron Updates

 OPEN FOR CARE

**Due to high volume, we are maximizing Telephone and Video Visits. In-office care is prioritized for pediatric care and COVID-related services (vaccinations, testing)Our Telehealth hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-7pm and Friday 9am-4pm.

Our goals are to preserve safety for staff and patients while providing maximum access to care for our patients.

You must call to make an appointment: 978-744-8388.

COVID-19 OMICRON SPREADS QUICKLY

COVID-19 Omicron can spread rapidly and exponentially, but our choices can help limit the spread.

Vaccines are very protective and highly effective against severe disease and death, particularly if you received a booster.

  • North Shore Community Health centers offers COVID-19 vaccination and boosters by appointment.  Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Page for scheduling options and information.
  • People ages 5-17 can get the Pfizer vaccine.
  • People age 18+ can get a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • Influenza vaccines can be administered at the same time
  • Everyone age 16+ who lives, works, or studies in Massachusetts should get a COVID-19 booster.
  • 12-17 year olds can get a Pfizer booster.
  • People 18+ can get a Pfizer or Moderna booster.
  • Everyone age 18 or older who received Pfizer or Moderna at least 5 months ago or Johnson & Johnson at least 2 months ago can get a booster.
  • CDC permits mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster doses.
  • Have more questions? https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-booster-frequently-asked-questions#eligibility-

Face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as getting vaccinated, frequent hand-washing and physical distancing, can also help slow the spread of the virus. **We recommend trying not to touch your face or mask as much as possible.** 

 TESTING

NSCH recommends members of the community seek out a COVID-19 test if:

North Shore Community Health Centers offers COVID-19 vaccination and testing for patients with symptoms  by appointment.

FREE COVID antigen test kits are available to our patients at all 3 locations (SFHC, GFHC, PFHC) from 10am-2pm.

Testing Locations in Salem: https://www.salem.com/testing

Testing Locations in Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-testing

Free At-home Rapid COVID-19 Tests

  1. NSCH patients have received a text message from us for priority test kits. You can order up to four free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests per household. https://nachw.org/covidtests/

2. The Biden administration has developed a program where members of the public can order up to four free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests per household. Visit www.covidtests.gov for more details on how to order the tests and the most up-to-date information on federal testing programs.

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HELP STOP THE SPREAD

Answer Our Community Team Call

 If you’ve tested positive, the COVID Community Team will call you and your close contacts to help slow the spread and make sure you are getting the medical attention and support you need. 

‘SMART Health Card’ Proof of Vaccination

Massachusetts residents can obtain a digital or paper record of the vaccinations by visiting www.myvaxrecords.mass.gov, a web portal that follows national standards for security and privacy and provides residents a way to electronically view and save their COVID-19 vaccine record.
By providing a cell phone number or email address, users can obtain a digital record of their vaccinations recorded in the Massachusetts Immunization Information System. Their COVID-19 vaccination record includes a unique QR code that can be saved to the user’s phone files, camera roll or the Apple Wallet. It can also be printed out for a paper record.
The MyVaxRecords portal is just one way to obtain your COVID vaccination record. Pharmacies that administered the COVID vaccine and many health care providers also make available SMART Health Cards, providing additional options.
For more information about this new resource, visit www.myvaxrecords.mass.gov. If you are a vaccine administering provider and you have questions about updating records in the MIIS, please contact Myvaxrecords@mass.gov for further assistance.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Can a person be evicted during this public health crisis? Can your utilities be cut off for  non-payment? Is COVID-19 testing and treatment covered? Get answers to some of your  pressing COVID-19 questions.

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PHARMACY

PHARMACY DELIVERY

CVS Pharmacy located within the Salem Family Health Center can deliver your medications to your home. Please call 978-744-0300 to make the necessary arrangements.

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