COVID-19 Resource Center
Updated January 27, 2021
Our primary goal at Bethesda Medical Associates is to do our best to keep you safe and healthy, in particular during the coronavirus pandemic.
We remain available both during and after office hours, as always, with some important changes detailed in the Office Safety section below. We are prepared to also serve as a source for the most up-to-date information regarding Covid-19 as we all navigate this challenging time together.
Please continue scrolling to read more information, or click a link below to jump to your topic of interest:
- • COVID-19 Vaccination in Maryland
- • COVID-19 Vaccination in Montgomery County
- • COVID-19 Vaccination outside of Maryland
- • COVID-19 Testing
- • COVID-19 Safety Precautions at BMA
- • COVID-19 Informational Resources
- • Former COVID-19 Newsletters from BMA
COVID-19 Vaccination in Maryland
On January 14, 2021, Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland will be accelerating its rollout of Covid-19 vaccination as follows:
- • Phase 1B started Monday 1/18/21: This includes people 75 and older, those residing in assisted living and similar facilities, teachers, daycare providers, and people involved in continuity of government.
- • Phase 1C is starting on Monday 1/25/21: This phase includes people 65-74, other public health and safety workers as well as other frontline workers.
A website is available to locate a vaccination site and to get an appointment: covidvax.maryland.gov. You can view a map of all vaccination locations in Maryland or search by your zip code. You must have an appointment to receive the vaccine. Planning for mass vaccination sites is underway. If you would like to get text updates from the State of Maryland related to COVID-19, you can send a text message to 898211 and send the message MdReady
Please be aware that vaccine supplies remain extremely limited. The state has only a small fraction of the doses needed. That means that even if you become eligible for vaccination before the end of January, you may not be able to get an appointment immediately. At this time 4.4% of Marylanders have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine (the average for all 50 states is 4.5%). As manufacturing continues to ramp up, more vaccine will be available. Please remain patient.
We encourage family members to help their older relatives with registering for vaccination appointments.
COVID-19 Vaccination in Montgomery County
Please see the February 2, 2021 update from Montgomery county here. The update includes specific details and contact information for local Covid vaccination sites in addition to information on how to pre-register. To sign up to receive county updates via email directly from the county, visit their website and register with your email address.
Montgomery County Department of Health has announced that you must live or work in the county in which you register to receive the vaccine. For vaccine information specific to Montgomery County, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/vaccine/
Our office has applied to receive a supply of the vaccine. We have been informed that we qualify, but it is too early in the distribution process for the Department of Health to share supplies with private practices. We will notify you when we have a supply.
WTOP recently released an article titled "Clearing up COVID-19 vaccine confusion: Where and how to get vaccinated in Montgomery Co." that can be viewed here.
If you are a veteran, we encourage you to visit https://walterreed.tricare.mil/Health-Services/Preventive-Care/Immunizations/COVID-19-Vaccine for information from Walter Reed about how you may obtain your vaccine from there.
COVID-19 Vaccination Outside the State of Maryland
You can visit CDC's website to view each state's vaccination plan including information on how to register with the state you reside in. Once you click the link, scroll down to the section of the page that says "How Do I Get a Vaccine?" and choose your state from the drop-down menu.
Private Pay Testing Sites (that our patients have reported having quick turnaround times):
- • Medical Access Clinic
- • A Squared Primary Care
- • Jodie Stone, PA-C, MBA
- • LabCorp Pixel Testing (at-home collection kit, no physician order needed)
COVID-19 Safety Precautions at BMA
When you arrive to our suite, you will be screened at the entrance to the office by one of our staff members. We are unable to accommodate patients who may have symptoms of Covid-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat, which cannot be explained by a chronic condition. If you have any of these symptoms, please contact your physician to address them first by phone or telehealth.
To avoid unnecessary contact with other patients and visitors, we are requesting that anyone who accompanies a patient to the office either wait outside the office, or stay with the patient throughout the visit, including the examination room. The companion will also be required to be screened by our staff for COVID symptoms and fever, and to wear a facial covering when inside the office. In cases where maintaining privacy is required, another examination room will be made available for the companion.
Check out the video below regarding our office safety procedures.
COVID-19 Informational Resources
We are keeping abreast of the latest information regarding the current pandemic, and encourage you to access the links below for up-to-date information from public health experts, our partners at MDVIP, and other resources. We continue to monitor the same resources on a routine basis, and will update our information as it changes.
At this time the CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all global destinations.
Regarding travel within the United States
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