COVID-19 Vaccine Update
On 8/13/2021, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted in favor of recommending an additional dose of mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) COVID19 vaccine for certain immunocompromised individuals.
These immunocompromising conditions as outlined by the CDC are below:
– Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
– Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
– Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
– Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
– Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
– Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
At this time, the CDC is NOT recommending additional doses of COVID19 vaccine for those who received the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine.
If you have an immunocompromising condition as outlined by the CDC above, please register at this link https://bit.ly/AdditionalDose
TBCHS will reach out to you to schedule your additional dose of COVID19 vaccine.
Please do not hesitate to call (989)742-4583 with any questions.
TBCHS is providing most services in office but also offers telehealth services for medical, behavioral health and substance use disorder services. Call (989) 742-4583 and our staff members will assist you in setting up your appointment.
Dental Services are available in our Atlanta and Onaway Health Centers with teledentistry services available. Contact our Atlanta office at (989) 785-4855 to discuss your dental needs.
Our Atlanta, Onaway, and Rogers City Pharmacies are open Monday through Friday. Curbside Pharmacy Pick-up is available! Rogers City and Onaway locations also have drive-thru pharmacy services!
Thunder Bay provides COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals in all of our communities. Currently, TBCHS is actively vaccinating the 12+ population. Eligibility through the State of Michigan is open to individuals age 12 and over. For any person aged 12 – 17, we will add you to our waiting list and provide you with the Pfizer vaccine as this becomes available.
If you are interested in receiving your COVID-19 vaccine, please register with the link below to use our self-scheduler or to be added to our waiting list. You will not need to call to schedule your appointment, our staff will contact you as vaccines become available.
If you do not have internet access or are unable to use our registration link, you may call our health center at (989)742-4583 for assistance.
COVID-19 testing is available! Patients can call the 989-742-4583 to speak with medical staff. Patients will be triaged and screened for testing following the MDHHS guidelines.
All individuals exhibiting symptoms are encouraged to call for screening. Thunder Bay offers assistance with insurance enrollment for those who are uninsured.
COVID-19 Testing Procedure
TBCHS requires all patients to be screened for testing. An order may come from an external provider as long as the patient has been screened by TBCHS medical staff.
If the patient is an asymptomatic essential worker, they must present their essential employee letter to the staff at the testing center to be eligible to receive a test.
COVID-19 testing is $100 with a $41.00 collection fee. Patients may require an office visit which varies between $79 – $155 based on the service provided. TBCHS will assist any patient in obtaining insurance if they do not have coverage.
What to do after a Diagnostic Test
To get your test results, please check with your healthcare provider.
If you test POSITIVE for COVID-19, know what protective steps to take if you are sick or caring for someone.
- Stay home except to get medical care. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
- Separate yourself from other people as much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.
- Monitor your symptoms. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough or other symptoms. Trouble breathing is a more serious symptom that means you should get medical attention.
Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
The link below can be utilized for 10 things you can do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/10Things.pdf
If you test NEGATIVE for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. However, that does not mean you will not get sick. It is possible that you were very early in your infection when your sample was collected and that you could test positive later. Or you could be exposed later and then develop illness. In other words, a negative test result does not mean you won’t get sick later. This means you could still spread the virus. Know How to Protect Yourself and Others. You should still self-isolate at home until you are 7 days from the onset of symptoms and 3 days asymptomatic/afebrile without OTC medications.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
TBCHS provides complete COVID-19 Antibody testing via a lab draw. Patients must have a provider order to be eligible to receive testing. Test results are most accurate if the patient is 14+ days post symptom onset. Patients should check with their insurance if this is a covered lab draw for them.