Covid 19 Information
Booking Vaccinations at the Clinic
We are excited to announce we are able to offer mRNA Covid 19 vaccinations to eligible people, including those who are not regular patients of the clinic. We currently have Moderna vaccine and will be receiving Pfizer shipments as well in the upcoming weeks. Due to how the vaccine is packaged, we can only do this with booked appointments.
Please call 403-638-4433 to schedule an appointment.
Covid 19 Vaccine Exemption
COVID 19 VACCINE EXEMPTION LETTER:
We have started receiving requests for appointments for vaccine exemption letters since Premier Kenney’s announcement on Wednesday evening. Please be aware that the only absolute contra indication is allergist confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a component of this vaccine. The regulatory body for physicians in Alberta has provided firm guidance for the profession in this matter. If you think this applies to you, our staff will book our patients a virtual appointment to have a discussion with their physician.
As per the CPSA guidance to the profession:
“It is clear the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for nearly every individual aged 12 or older. There are no medical conditions that would universally warrant a complete exemption from initial COVID-19 vaccine. A patient’s or physician’s individual moral objection to vaccination is not considered sufficient clinical rationale for exemption of vaccination against COVID-19.”
Throughout the Covid 19 pandemic, we at the Moose & Squirrel Medical Clinic have stayed open to serve the medical needs of our patients. However, we have had to modify the way in which we provide care in order to mitigate risk to our patients and staff.
When you book your appointment, you may wish to consider a virtual appointment by phone rather than an in-person appointment if your needs can be met that way. Our skilled nurses are available to help you determine the best way for your care to be met.
Upon arrival to our clinic, you will be screened with a verbal questionnaire and a temperature check. If you answer yes to the screening questions, you will still be seen but your appointment may be modified to minimize risk to staff and other patients. In accordance with Public Health orders, mask use is mandatory for all patients and staff while in the clinic.
We have the ability to offer Rapid Covid Testing to our patients for a $10 fee. Your preliminary results will be available within 15 minutes. A negative test does require confirmation in the lab and you must remain in isolation as per AHS guidelines.
Each of our medical exam rooms has a separate Heat Recovery Ventilation System which continuously exchanges warmed fresh air into the exam room at a rate of 6 exchanges per hour. This has been shown to significantly reduce indoor airborne spread of viruses including Covid 19. In addition, all instruments, furniture and high touch surfaces are disinfected after each visit. All staff wear appropriate personal protective equipment in the clinic.
Covid in Pregnancy
COVID-19 VACCINATION DURING PREGNANCY
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for pregnant individuals and their babies, with mRNA vaccines being the safest type of COVID-19 vaccine to get during pregnancy. Patients may get the vaccine at any time, during any trimester, of pregnancy. A viral vector vaccine may be offered to pregnant individuals when other COVID-19 vaccines are contraindicated or inaccessible. AHS is reporting that the fourth wave of COVID-19 and the Delta variant could have significant adverse effects on unvaccinated pregnant patients:
* In August 2021, six pregnant Albertans were admitted to ICU due to COVID-19. All of them were unimmunized. Only seven pregnant Albertans were admitted to ICU for COVID-19 during the entire first year of the pandemic from March 2020 to March 2021.
* In the six cases that AHS saw in August 2021, COVID-19 had severe impacts on the parents’ health and also the child’s. Five preterm births occurred as early as 29 weeks.
*Pregnant patients are at a higher risk of severe disease and complications, such as ICU admission requiring ventilation and preterm birth. The threshold for admission is lower and they can get sick faster.
* Pregnant women with co-morbidities such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease are potentially at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease.”
Stay Up to Date
You can stay up to date on COVID-19 information by visiting the Alberta Health Services website. If you have questions about the vaccines or would like to talk about whether it is right for you, contact the clinic to book an appointment.
There is so much information coming out about the COVID-19 vaccines that we wanted to set the record straight on a few of the myths we are hearing about.
None of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in Canada contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
No. Injecting mRNA into a person does not change the DNA of a human cell. mRNA is simply a message that the body reads. Think of this as a wanted poster for COVID-19. Now your body knows what it looks like! The wanted poster breaks down quickly but your body remembers what to look for.
We’ve only known slow vaccine development. A lot of time is wasted between research stages. Global funding for COVID vaccine allowed for huge, well-run trials. mRNA vaccines are also much faster to make than traditional vaccines.
mRNA vaccines are preservative free and only contain the mRNA message, a fatty coating layer to protect the mRNA, PEG (polyethylene glycol”, and a combination of sugar, salt and water. There are no blood products, animal products or fetal cells.
No. Among the almost 22,000 vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTechCOVID-19 vaccine, there were 4 cases of Bell’s palsy. This number of Bell’s palsy cases is consistent with the expected rate in the general population and did not suggest it was caused by the vaccine.
Millions have been vaccinated safely. Vaccine side effects occur within 6 weeks and after that the vaccine is gone. Clinical trial have shown us that the vaccines are safe and we are continuing to study them to know how long they protect for. There is some evidence vaccination helps sufferers of long haul Covid after effects.
Resources for Learning About the COVID-19 Vaccines
Contact one of our doctors outside office hours for questions or advice. We can make arrangements to see our patients outside regular clinic hours for urgent concerns and minor emergencies. Call us and see if we can help you avoid a trip to the ER.
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