Covid 19

COVID-19

Updates

Looking for updates on the outbreak, testing, the vaccine, or clinic policies and procedures? You're in the right place!

If you have concerns pertaining to an exposure or symptoms, please contact the clinic at (608) 233-9746 or send your care team a message on MyUnityPoint. 

Vaccine

 

We are aware that the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12-15. However, since the vaccine supply is increasing so rapidly in the community, and the Department of Health is still focused on a community model for vaccine distribution, Associated Physicians will no longer be allocated any COVID vaccines moving forward. We will be giving the second doses for patients who are currently scheduled, but will not be scheduling any first doses.

We encourage you to take the first opportunity that presents itself for you to get the vaccine at a community location. Please continue checking our COVID-19 webpage for updates as this may be subject to change, and utilize the Vaccine Finder tool for options near you. 

We appreciate your continued patience. We understand this has been a long and confusing process for everyone, and we will continue to advocate for our patients to get vaccinated in a safe and timely way through any available resource.

FOR UPDATES:

All updates will be given through our Facebook and Instagram, and posted on this page. Additionally, if you are a site member or subscriber, you will receive an email update. Please see below for the most up-to-date information on local and national vaccine status.

 

Find A Vaccine Near You

 

Federal COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Click below to use the CDC's Vaccine Finder tool to find a vaccine in your area. See our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs below for other local options recommended by our physicians.

 
 
 

COVID-19 Vaccinations FAQ

 
 
 

We understand how serious this disease is and are eager to get our patients vaccinated as soon as possible. Our current workflow could change very rapidly based on state decisions and available product. Even scheduled appointments may need to be adjusted without much notice. We are asking for your continued patience and appreciate your understanding.

How are you scheduling vaccines?


Since the vaccine supply is increasing so rapidly, and the demand for vaccines is going down, we are no longer being given any vaccines. We encourage you to take the first opportunity that presents itself to get the vaccine at a community location. Please continue checking this webpage for updates as this may be subject to change and utilize the Vaccine Finder tool for options near you.




Can we sign-up for the vaccine?


There is no general sign-up list at this time for vaccines at Associated Physicians. If you'd like to sign-up for a vaccine, you can do so through the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry.




Do you have a cancellation list?


No, at this time, we do not have a cancellation list.




Do you have a timeline?


No. Due to an unpredictable vaccine supply, we cannot give out a timeline.




How are you distributing vaccines?


Since the vaccine supply is increasing so rapidly, and the demand for vaccines is going down, we are no longer being given any vaccines. We encourage you to take the first opportunity that presents itself for you to get the vaccine at a community location. Please continue checking this webpage for updates as this may be subject to change and utilize the Vaccine Finder tool above for options near you.




Can I go somewhere else to get vaccinated?


We are encouraging our patients to take the first opportunity that presents itself to receive a vaccine. See "Where else can I get the vaccine?" below for options.




I have questions about the vaccine, can I call or MyChart you?


We are asking that you DO NOT contact the clinic to inquire about the COVID-19 vaccine, this page is updated as soon as information becomes available. Our staff does not have any more information than is available on this page.

Wisconsinites can call (844) 684-1064 (toll-free) for personal assistance with their vaccine-related questions. The new call center will be equipped to help individuals find vaccine locations, answer medical questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine, and assist with registration, including but not limited to using the Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccine registry. This call center is available to anyone in Wisconsin, but will be particularly useful for those without internet access, or who experience barriers that inhibit internet use.




How can we get updates on your vaccination process?


All updates will be given through our Facebook and Instagram, and posted on this dedicated COVID-19 webpage. Additionally, if you are an apmadison.com site member or subscriber, you will receive an email update.




Should I get vaccinated?


We are encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible to do so.




Why can't you just order more vaccines for the clinic?


Unfortunately, we cannot order the COVID-19 vaccines in the traditional sense. We make a request for vaccines and Public Health allocates a certain amount to us based on state supply. As of right now, we are no longer receiving vaccines.




Where else can I get the vaccine?


We are suggesting that patients start by clicking the Vaccine Finder link above. Additionally, patients can sign up through the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry or call 844-684-1064 for vaccine help. UW Faculty and Staff may call University Health Services at 608-265-5600 (Option 1) and ask for COVID-19 vaccine scheduling information. **Please note that if your primary care physician is not with UW Health, UPH-Meriter, or SSM Health, they are asking you not to call seeking the vaccine from their hospitals and clinics. If you do have a UW Health, UPH-Meriter, or SSM Health primary care physician, please click on the link attached to the facility name for their instructions.**




Should I let you know that I received my vaccination elsewhere?


Please do not call or send us a MyUnityPoint message to inform of us of your status, as it may delay our ability to provide timely care for patients with urgent medical needs. We are able to audit each patient's Wisconsin Immunization Registry to see if they have already received a dose of the vaccine.




I'm pregnant/nursing. Is the vaccine safe for me?


Please reference this document on decision making if you are pregnant or nursing and plan on getting the COVID-19 vaccine.





Clinic Policies and Procedures

Visitor Requirements

  • Pediatrics: 2 parents/guardians. NO SIBLINGS. 

  • OB/GYN: 1 adult partner at the FIRST OB visit only.

  • All Other Appointments: NO VISITORS OR ACCOMPANYING CHILDREN. 1 adult visitor will be allowed for those with special support needs.

 

ALL VISITORS MUST remain in the exam room. No waiting in the waiting room/lobby areas. 

PPE Requirements

In light of updated guidance from the CDC regarding masking and the fully vaccinated, it was recently announced that, effective June 2nd, Dane County’s mask mandate will not be renewed. We have always and will continue to follow CDC and Wisconsin Department of Public Health guidelines regarding COVID-19. We want our patients to know that the CDC was very specific stating that healthcare is not included in the new mask guidelines and that masks must still be worn in healthcare settings. As a medical clinic, we are in a unique position that differs from other commercial sites (i.e.: Target, Walmart, etc.). Patients come to us for care, and we absolutely have to be a safe place for all of our patients. In our clinic we see and treat patients under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine, patients that have chosen not to receive the vaccine thus far, immunosuppressed patients for whom the vaccine may be less effective, and patients who are ill or needing testing for COVID-19 or other potentially communicable diseases. We must make all patients feel safe when coming to the clinic.

We do believe that the vaccine is effective and that those who received the vaccine have an exceedingly low chance of giving one of these vulnerable patients COVID-19; however, the chance is not zero. We want to get as close to 100% protection as possible for all of our patients, which is why we are recommending all patients get the vaccine and still requiring patients over the age of 2 years old wear either a medical-grade surgical mask OR a closed N-95/KN-95 mask in our facilities. We will continue to update our policy as we receive further guidance from the CDC and state health officials. We appreciate your continued understanding!

ANY valve or cloth masks work into the clinic will need to be replaced or covered by one of the above barrier masks. Patient Services will provide adult and pediatric barrier masks to those who need them. 

In-Person Appointments

 

  • At this time, we will not be taking "walk-ins." Please call first to schedule any appointments you may need. This includes lab and radiology.

  • When you arrive at the clinic, STAY IN YOUR CAR, and call the direct check-in line at 608-640-4950. Follow the prompts to be connected to the correct department for check-in and stay on the line until your call is answered. Registration staff will check you in and alert clinical staff of your arrival. When clinical staff is ready, they will reach out to you for further instructions.

Telemedicine Appointments

  • Information, instructions for use, and troubleshooting for our telemedicine provider, Zoom, can be found HERE.

  • When you schedule your appointment, you will be sent a Zoom link. Sometimes, these emails end up in a “Spam” or “Junk” box. Please check there if it does not come to your inbox. If you still are unable to find the emailed link, call the clinic and we will assist you.

  • 15 minutes prior to your telemedicine appointment, please call the direct check-in line at 608-640-4950 and follow the prompts to be connected to the correct department for check-in. Please stay on the line until the call is answered. Registration staff will check you in and alert clinical staff that you are ready to begin your appointment.

 

DocuSign

  • To reduce touchpoints in the clinic, we are utilizing a virtual document signing service called DocuSign. If there are documents that you need to sign, our staff will send these to the email you have on file. 

 
 

Testing

Associated Physicians is able to test for both COVID-19 and antibodies.

 

  • Due to staffing, space, and supplies, we can only test those WITH COVID-19 symptoms at this time. ​If you have symptoms, please call (608) 233-9746 for screening and scheduling. 

  • If you have NO symptoms but want to be tested, please see testing information and locations from Public Health MDC.

  • You should receive your results within 1-4 days of testing.

For any questions related to exposure or testing, please call us at (608) 233-9746 or send your care team a message through MyUnityPoint.

Associated Physicians COVID-19 Test Pricing

 
 
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