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The COVID-19 Vaccine

As members of the healthcare profession, we should ALL do our part to educate friends, family and coworkers on the safety of the vaccine and importance of being vaccinated and model trust by being vaccinated as soon as we are eligible! The technology behind the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine was developed by an African-American researcher, Kizzmekia Corbett.

It is not a live virus, only genetic information to trigger the body’s immune system, so the expected effects (site pain, fatigue, fever) are the body’s immune system waking up–and those are good signs. The genetic information does not interact with or change the body’s cells and so is safe for pregnant and lactating women. The vaccine is a two-dose regimen, and full efficacy (95%) is not achieved until about 2 weeks after the 2nd dose. The vaccine protects against symptomatic infection, but the virus can still enter the nose and mouth and be spread to others, so mask-wearing and social distancing are still required after vaccine administration.

There is a 4-phase rollout of vaccine availability, and Georgia is still in Phase 1a (high risk healthcare, law enforcement, care facilities, and age 65+). In February, Georgia will roll out a single-site registration process, consolidating existing registration through individual providers and public health departments. This is good news, since West Virginia has a single website to register for the vaccine and ranks 2nd in COVID vaccine administration, by contrast Georgia ranks 33rd among the 50 states tracked for COVID vaccine administration.

Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine for healthcare providers in Georgia

COVID-19 Vaccine

How do provider and their staff get the vaccine if they are independent and not connect to one of the hospital systems?

GA Provider COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

The first vaccination phase includes but is not limited to healthcare personnel likely to be exposed to or treat people with COVID-19, first responders, people at risk for severe illness and other essential workers. If you are linked to a hospital it’s an easy process to get your vaccine.

But what if you aren’t link to a hospital?

Healthcare Providers/Practices NOT enrolled as a COVID-19 vaccine provider or affiliated with a hospital can request to receive COVID-19 vaccination at your local public health department for themselves and their staff.

Each provider and staff member can get the vaccine now by enrolling their office at: https://dph.georgia.gov/provider-vaccine-registration-ph-district-list

There are multiple counties listed each one having a different registration process and link. https://dph.georgia.gov/document/document/provider-vaccine-registration-district-contact-list/download

Additionally, if you would like to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider you can enroll at: https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine-information-providers

Practicing quality medicine while maintaining and managing the bottom line is a balancing act that provider’s face daily. The Physicians Practice S.O.S. Group is committed to and has helped healthcare providers across the country with new practice startups, IRO needs, and providing practice management and compliance solutions. Call our office to discuss any needs you might have.

Regina Mixon Bates, CEO | The Physicians Practice S.O.S. Group® | www.ppsosgroup.com

 
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