Updated November 20, 2021
Valley Internal Physicians cares for many patients who are elderly, as well as those with significant underlying medical conditions. These are the very populations at highest risk for severe complications from COVID-19 infection. Unfortunately, we are experiencing another holiday surge in cases throughout the U.S., and cases of severe illness are back on the rise, most significantly in the unvaccinated population.
The California Department of Public Health requires that all individuals entering indoor
healthcare facilities must wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
Our office policies are as follows:
- 1. Appointments are scheduled as in-person by default. Patients will be given the option to be seen virtually if they are unable to come into the office.
- 2. Our waiting room is open. All patients entering the office are required to wear a mask while in the building. Patients who wish to wait without a mask may do so in their cars and will be called in when ready. Once again, masks will be required when entering the office.
- 1. We are not testing for COVID-19 in the office. If the provider feels testing is appropriate, the patient will be directed to a testing location.
- 2. Riverside County residents who do not have symptoms but want to be tested for COVID-19 are able to schedule testing appointments themselves. Those who wish to be tested at one of the multiple county testing locations may call (800) 945-6171 for an appointment.
- 3. At-home swab tests are available through LabCorp without a doctor’s order. Visit pixel.labcorp.com for more information.
- 4. Testing for active infection is also available at CVS and Rite Aid. Albertsons offers an at-home test.
- 5. Antibody testing is available for asymptomatic patients or those who may have been exposed. Both LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics offer antibody testing through a blood draw that requires an order from a provider.
Vaccination against COVID-19 has been shown to be overwhelmingly effective and is our best strategy for ending the pandemic. We are aware there have been reports of complications from the vaccines, but considering the sheer number of doses that have been administered, the statistical likelihood of having one of these complications is exceedingly low. We are also aware of considerable disinformation surrounding the vaccines, but rest assured that we practice evidence-based medicine, and our recommendations are based on science published in the medical literature.
- 1. Due to storage and capacity requirements, we are not able to offer vaccines at our office.
- 2. The Pfizer vaccine has been fully approved by the FDA. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA.
- 3. Most vaccines are being distributed through County vaccination clinics and local pharmacies. Riverside County’s vaccine registration site can be found at: www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine-with-Registration.
- 4. The California Department of Public Health has a website to search for and schedule a vaccination: https://myturn.ca.gov.
- 5. Booster shots are available for all adults age 18 or older who completed their initial vaccination at least 6 months ago.
This page will be updated regularly. In the meantime, please refer to the following websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information:
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
• Riverside County Department of Public Health
• World Health Organization (WHO)