The federal government Wednesday (August 18, 2021) announced a plan to offer booster shots for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines beginning in about a month, subject to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “conducting an independent evaluation and determination of the safety and effectiveness” of those third shots.
So, yes, you should expect the need to get a booster shot starting next month (September). More details to come, including information for those of you who had the Johnson & Johnson one. More info at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.
We don’t expect to have the vaccine in our office. Thanks and stay safe.
Our clinic is open and we no longer require checking in by phone nor waiting in your car. Please continue to wear a mask while in the clinic and maintain social distancing of 6 feet. Please plan to arrive early, 20 minutes prior to your appointment. Please update your contact and insurance information when scheduling an appointment. PLEASE GET VACCINATED.
If you think you have COVID-19, please reach out to your provider prior to coming to the clinic. You may be a candidate for intravenous monoclonal antibody therapy.
We are testing for active infection in our clinic. Contact your provider if you’d like to be tested. We are collecting a nasal swab and sending it out for processing. The result won’t be available until the next business day. We are charging $25 for this service and you can expect to pay this fee. The processing lab will charge your insurer and they typically get fully compensated. If not covered, you will owe them $125.
Regarding COVID vaccines: Dallas County residents may register for a vaccine at dallascounty.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination.php. If you live in another county, check with your health department.
We are continuing our telemedicine visits using your mobile smart phone or computer with a camera and microphone. This can even be done through your Patient Portal and the Healow app or another method (Facetime, Zoom, Doxy.me, Teams, etc.) We encourage you to set up your portal if you have not done so. We might also treat you by phone call or an electronic communication (encounter through your portal). We will be charging for these professional services according to Medicare and insurance guidelines. Most insurers have expanded their coverage for non-face-to-face encounters and even waved co-pays during the pandemic.
Below is a list of potential COVID-19 symptoms.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever (100.4 F or higher)
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Confusion or altered mental status
Please report any contact you’ve had with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 illness.
You must wear a mask at all times while in the office, as does any companion. We intend to minimize the time you spend in any common area. Some of our services may not be available or altered to meet the current needs. Please practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others as much as possible. Proper hand and cough hygiene is expected. Instructions are posted throughout the office.
We are not prescribing Plaquenil or it’s generic equivalent, hydroxychloroquine, at this time; nor are we prescribing Dexamethasone. Antibody testing is controversial and should be discussed with your provider.
The doctors and staff of Medical Specialists Associated are here to care for you. Please don’t put off your wellness care any longer. Schedule your follow up appointments that you might have put off.
If you desire an appointment or need us, you may initiate an encounter through your Patient Portal. You can access that on your smart phone with the Healow application or by clicking the “Patient Portal” at the top of this page. We will handle it during our regular business hours.
If you don’t use your portal or smart phone app, or if you have urgent need, then call and leave your provider a message. Dial 214-692-8541 and follow the prompts to get to your provider as you may have done in the past. We remain “on-call” 24 hours each day including weekends and holidays.
Of course, if you believe you have an emergency, dial 911 and allow the paramedics to direct you to the appropriate next level of care. That’s better than trying to drive yourself to the closest Emergency Department.
Please visit www.coronavirus.gov and read the “30 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)” instructions. More information is at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov . Patients can talk to a nurse about the epidemic by calling the Texas Health Resources nurse hotline: 682-236-7601.
Serving North Texas since 1971
With extensive and comprehensive training, we are a team of board-certified internists ready to keep you healthy. We provide primary care for adolescents and adults.
What Our Patients Say
“I was a new patient and am very happy with the choice. The staff are nice & the office is in an easy to find building (no suite to look for).”N. N.
“There are a variety of doctor skills and all are connected to other specialists when needed. The staff is very helpful and many have been employed there for over a decade.”R. F.
“I’ve been going to them for more than thirty years and that’s because they really go out of their way to make sure I’m taken care of. ”F. H.
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