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COVID-19 Resource Center

Updated February 21, 2022

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.

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Vaccine Resources

MARYLAND

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON D.C.

  • https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc
  • D.C. Dept. of Health COVID-19 Hotline: (855)363-0333

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


COVID-19 Testing

Testing Information from the CDC

Reliability of Testing

Testing Sites:

Private Pay Testing Sites (that our patients have reported having quick turnaround times):


COVID-19 Safety Precautions at BMA

Due to current CDC Guidelines, all patients, physicians, staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status. Additional information about the Executive Order for Montgomery County regarding facecoverings can be found here.

Upon arrival to your appointment, when checking in at the front desk, you will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms. Unfortunately,  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.

Once you have been taken back to an exam room, please refrain from removing your mask, unless requested by a physician or other member of our clinical team.


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.

Resources

Travel
At this time the CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all global destinations.
Regarding travel within the United States

Quarantine Instructions

Domestic Abuse
Montgomery County Family Justice Center


COVID-19 Boosters

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that individuals aged 50 and up are eligible for a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least four months after their last dose. The second booster is meant to bolster waning immunity against severe disease in case there is another COVID surge in the coming months. The Food and Drug Administration also authorized a second booster for people 12 and older with certain immune deficiencies.

We are recommending that everyone who is eligible for a booster under this new guidance receive one.

Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines: A second booster dose of both COVID-19 vaccines may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Pfizer Vaccine: A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 12 years of age and older with moderate or severe immunosuppression at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Moderna Vaccine: A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 18 years of age and older with moderate or severe immunosuppression at least 4 months after the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine:

In addition, based on newly published data, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna)

COVID Booster Clinics at BMA:

BMA currently has Moderna vaccine in stock and will be offering dedicated COVID booster clinics on Tuesday and Fridays from 3:30-4:30.   Please call and schedule an appointment if you meet the criteria for a booster.  Additionally, our office continues to maintain a steady supply of Moderna shots, and we are pleased to provide boosters at the time of any scheduled office visit or laboratory appointment.  As in the past, we will be monitoring patients in the waiting room for 15 minutes following the injection.

COVID-19 Updates

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