COVID AND COVID VACCINE INFO UPDATE
DELTA Variant COVID-19 BREAKTHROUGH CASES ARE SURGING IN CHICAGO. WE HAVE HAD 35 NEW CASES IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS. THESE PEOPLE ARE MILDLY TO MODERATELY ILL AND WERE VACCINATED WITH PFIZER, MODERNA OR JANSSEN VACCINES, SO IT DOES NOT MATTER WHICH VACCINE WAS RECEIVED. 99% OF COVID CASES IN ICU'S ARE UNVACCINATED PEOPLE, SO VACCINATION IS STILL VITAL.
MASKING AT INDOOR EVENTS PUBLIC PLACES AND CROWDED OUTDOOR FUNCTIONS IN ILLINOIS IS NOW REQUIRED. VACCINE MANDATES ARE ALSO BEING ADOPTED AND REQUIRED BY EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTHCARE FACILITIES AND BY THE EXECUTIVE ORDER OF GOV. PRITIZKER IN ILLINOIS WITH A RECENT EXTENDED DATE FOR COMPLIANCE.
COVID VACCINE BOOSTERS (MODERNA OR PFIZER) ARE NOW ADVISED FOR PATIENTS WITH SOLID ORGAN TRANSPLANTS ON IMMUNOSUPPRESSION OR PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED AIDS
OR ON IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE MEDS THAT MAY HAVE BLUNTED THEIR INITIAL COVID VACCINE RESPONSE. THERE IS NO RECOMMENDATION FOR TESTING ANTIBODY LEVELS.
PLEASE CONTACT NEEL@NEELFRENCHMD.COM IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE IN THIS CATEGORY
This is from the CDPH HAN 8/16/2021
Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:
People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.
ONE BOOSTER DOSE 8 MONTHS AFTER THE 2ND PFIZER COVID VACCINATION MAY BE APPROVED BY THE FDA AND CDC TO START IN MID-LATE SEPTEMBER. PATIENTS WHO HAVE RECEIVED MODERNA OR JANSSEN VACCINES MAY NEED TO WAIT LONGER FOR FDA AND CDC RECOMMENDATIONS. I WILL NEVER HAVE PFIZER VACCINE UNLESS THE ULTRACOLD STORAGE IS MODIFIED. I HOPE TO ORDER 140 MODERNA VACCINES FOR 3RD WEEK OF SEPTEMBER. EACH VIAL CONTAINS 14 DOSES AND I WILL PLAN BOOSTER VACCINE DAYS TO MINIMIZE VACCINE WASTAGE. BOOSTER DOSES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT PHARMACIES, ETC.
RECENT DATA SHOWS THAT A JANSSEN BOOSTER RAISES ANTIBODY LEVELS SUBSTANTIALLY.
AT THIS TIME, I AM UNSURE IF I WILL ORDER MORE JANSSEN VACCINE.
New AMITA COVID Vaccine AND CDPH MASS VACCINATION SITE Information:
As vaccine supply has continually become more available, we would like to afford our patients every opportunity to be vaccinated at an AMITA Health location as soon as possible. We will no longer provide unique links for appointment scheduling and patients will be able to share the link they’ve received with others. Patients and consumers also will be able to access the system’s mass vaccination schedules through the AMITA Health website. Please scroll down for the full list of mass vaccination locations within AMITA Health.
Patients and community members can visit https://www.amitahealth.org/covid-19/vaccine, which will contain a scheduling link for direct registration. Dedicated patient outreach and communication will continue to encourage everyone to receive the vaccine, while providing the latest information and facts available for our patients whom may still be undecided about receiving the vaccine.
The mass vaccination sites, located in Cook County, are currently open to any eligible Illinois resident. Register at: myshotcookcounty.com or call 833-308-1988 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday) for an appointment: THE SITES HAVE CHANGED AND ARE NO LONGER IN DES PLAINES, FOREST PARK, TINLEY PARK OR SOUTH HOLLAND.
Pharmacies within national or regional drug and grocery stores will let you search for open appointments at all participating locations, and many eligible Chicagoans report having luck finding open slots this way. Each pharmacy has its own requirements for proof of identity, so read your appointment instructions carefully. Required identification may include a work or state ID, proof of employment, consent forms, confirmation emails and/or your insurance information.
Chicago’s COVID-19 vaccine website: www.chicago.gov/covidvax This website is for health care providers as well as the general public. It will be updated frequently as new information about COVID19 vaccines becomes available.
DR FRENCH IS A PRIVATE PHYSICIAN, HOWEVER SOME OF HIS ACCEPTED INSURANCE PLANS ARE CONTRACTED THROUGH Amita Health Clinically Integrated Plan (AH CIN).
The site number for HMO IL, Blue Advantage HMO, and Blue Precision HMO is site #494-AMITA ST JOE CHI and the site number for Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO is #741-AMITA ST JOE CHI.
Humana HMO (site#694) is also coordinated by AH CIN.
CALL 888-747-2264 TO SELECT DR. FRENCH AS YOUR PCP FOR HMO IL,
BLUE ADVANTAGE HMO, BLUE PRECISION HMO , HUMANA HMO,
AND BLUE CROSS MEDICARE ADVANTAGE HMO
MARKETPLACE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS 2021
WE TAKE: Blue Choice Preferred PPO, Blue Precision HMO (site #494 AMITA ST JOE CHI); French MUST be your PCP); Cigna Connect AND Bright (FRENCH must be your PCP)
WE DO NOT TAKE Ambetter from Illinicare; Blue Care Direct; Blue Focus Care
MAINSTREAM HEALTHCARE PLANS
ACCEPTED: Blue Choice PPO (BCS); Blue Cross PPO; Aetna, United, UMR, Meritain, Humana, Cigna, PHCS, Smart Health (Amita PPO), Medicare, Blue Cross Medicare Advantage and Humana Medicare; Blue Cross Community and Meridian are THE ONLY Medicaid plans that are accepted.
Traditional Medicaid may be your secondary IF your have Medicare as Primary Plan.
NOT ACCEPTED: Cigna Local Plus, Cigna Plus, AARP Medicare Complete, County Care, Illinicare
WE HAVE DIAGNOSED OVER 275 PATIENTS IN OUR PRACTICE WITH COVID-19 ILLNESS SINCE MARCH 2020.
WE REQUIRE THAT ALL PATIENTS WEAR A FACE COVERING IF ENTERING OUR OFFICE; WE RARELY SCHEDULE TELEMEDICINE VISITS VIA FACETIME, SKYPE. OR ZOOM ONLY IF NECESSARY AS THESE PLATFORMS HAVE SEVERAL LIMITATIONS. YOU MAY E-MAIL DR FRENCH TO REQUEST A TELEMED VISIT OR RX REFILLS: email@example.com
IF YOU HAVE COVID-RELATED SYMPTOMS LIKE FEVER OVER 100, COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, SORE THROAT, CHANGES IN TASTE OR SMELL, CALL THE OFFICE TO BE TRIAGED.
I WISH ALL MY PATIENTS AND STAFF GOOD HEALTH!
Neel French, M.D.
Annual Physicals/Wellness Exams
Full Laboratory Testing
Preventive Health Care
HIV and Hepatitis C management
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