EFFECTIVE JANUARY 6, 2022
UPDATED MASK REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPASS MEDICAL
EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 21, 2021
MASSACHUSETTS ANNOUNCES MASK ADVISORY FOR VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED RESIDENTS
THE COVID-19 VACCINE IS FREE!
The vaccine is safe and effective.
The FDA has officially approved Pfizer’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. If you are over the age of 5 and live, work, or study in Massachusetts, you can get vaccinated. The COVID-19 Vaccine is free. You don’t need an ID or insurance to get the vaccine.
People age 5 and older can only get the Pfizer vaccine. People age 18 and older can get any vaccine.
WHAT’S THE LATEST NEWS REGARDING THE COVID-19 VACCINES & BOOSTERS?
CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GETTING VACCINATED FOR COVID-19 IN MASSACHUSETTS:
CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population
Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
FDA Authorizes First Oral Antiviral for Treatment of COVID-19
On December 22, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s Paxlovid tablets for oral use for the treatment of mild-to-moderate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in adults and pediatric patients (12 years of age and older weighing at least 40 kilograms or about 88 pounds) with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 testing, and who are at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19, including hospitalization or death. Paxlovid is available by prescription only and should be initiated as soon as possible after a diagnosis of COVID-19 and within five days of symptom onset.
PLEASE NOTE: Compass Medical does not anticipate receiving this drug to administer to patients until the Spring. We will notify all patients as soon as we have more information on when we can expect to receive the drug for distribution. While this is an exciting development in the fight against COVID-19, we are asking patients for their cooperation as we continue to learn more.
Our Urgent Care number is: (508)350-2818.
Please be aware that Compass Medical DOES NOT offer screening testing.
Covid19 Screening Testing Scenarios:
General screening purposes such as:
- Clearance to travel
- To attend school, daycare, or camp
- For public health or surveillance purposes
- For periodic or serial Testing of asymptomatic high-risk individuals (examples include: congregate housing and occupational safety)