We are pleased to announce that we have the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations. Currently we are offering the vaccinations only to our patients. We expect to open it up to others once most of our patients wanting a vaccination have received one.
You can request an appointment through our HEALOW patient portal and we will then contact you to schedule it. In order to serve you better, we would like to keep our phone call traffic low and prefer you use our patient portal to request this vaccination if you can. I believe we have put a system in place for you to schedule and receive your vaccination in an orderly, rapid, and convenient way. Our process has been working very well for the last two weeks.
The Johnson &Johnson vaccine is one dose. We are uncertain if we will continue to receive that vaccine or get a different one in the future. We are at the mercy of the State of Michigan and their availability. We will be receiving a weekly allotment of 100 vaccinations. The science has shown that all 3 current vaccines are effective.
Many patients are asking if they already had Covid-19 should they get vaccinated. The science is not clear as to when to get one if you had COVID. It is our personal recommendation, based on our experiences, that you should wait about 4 months after recovering from the natural infection before receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. This may reduce the chances of having a reaction to the vaccination.
Your questions about the vaccine and if you should receive one should be discussed with one of our providers. We are all experienced and trained to answer your questions to help you decide. We continue to offer same day telemedical visits if you believe you are infected with COVID and drive by rapid result Covid testing when appropriate. We are participating in two COVID-19 outpatient clinical trials. They are for those infected with mild to moderate symptoms not requiring hospitalization.