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

 

The CDC now advises that Flu vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines can be given at the same time; however, Associated Physicians can only provide COVID-19 vaccinations based on the criteria below:

In light of the recent FDA announcement approving mixing COVID-19 vaccines, Associated Physicians has updated the guidelines for scheduling COVID-19 booster doses. Our COVID-19 booster clinic is by appointment only and will run Tuesdays from 9:00 am-4:00 pm and Fridays from 9:00 am-12:30 pm. Patients seeking to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine booster must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be an active AND established patient of Associated Physicians. 

    • We consider patients “established” if they have completed their new patient appointment and “active” if they have had an appointment within the past three years.

  • Pfizer and Moderna patients must belong to one of the following groups:

    • Over 65 years of age

    • 18-64 WITH an underlying condition

    • A “front line essential” worker as defined by the CDC:

      • First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, police, congregate care staff)

      • Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)

      • Food and agriculture workers

      • Manufacturing workers

      • Corrections workers

      • U.S. Postal Service workers

      • Public transit workers

      • Grocery store workers

For Pfizer Patients:

  • Your second Pfizer dose must have been given at least 6 months ago.

 

For Moderna Patients:

  • Your second Moderna dose must have been given at least 6 months ago.

 

For Johnson & Johnson Patients:

  • Your first Johnson & Johnson dose must have been given at least 2 months ago.

  • Must be 18 or older.

Additional information regarding mixing vaccines can be found here: FDA’s announcement.

For patients who have still not received their first doses, you may call the clinic to schedule. Please note, the Department of Health remains focused on a community model for vaccine distribution, so our quantity may be limited; however, we are encouraging our patients to take the first opportunity that presents itself to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 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.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF PATIENTS AGED 5-11:

**Scheduling for Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines has been paused due to availability. We will update you as soon as we are able to resume scheduling. We strongly encourage you to utilize the vaccine finder below to find a vaccine appointment for your child.**

**When scheduling resumes, parents should call the clinic to schedule their children for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic. 

Please note the following important details:

  • We do not have a self-scheduling feature through MyUnityPoint, and, because our schedule is filling quite quickly, we cannot accommodate MyUnityPoint messages requesting an appointment.

  • We know our patients may have preferences; however, we cannot guarantee that a particular nurse will be able to vaccinate your child. 

  • ALL children must wait at least 15 minutes after they have received their vaccine. However, if your child has a history of any allergy resulting in anaphylaxis, they will be required to wait at least 30 minutes.

  • We cannot double-book these particular appointments, so every child will be scheduled for their own 10-minute appointment slot.

If your child has already received the vaccine or is scheduled to do so soon, there is no need to call or send us a MyUnityPoint message to let us know. COVID-19 vaccinations given in the state of Wisconsin will be added to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry no matter where they are given.  ⁣

If your child has a scheduled appointment coming up, our goal is to be able to offer them the COVID-19 vaccine at that time; we are hoping to have that workflow operational very soon. Stay tuned!

We are encouraging parents/guardians to take the first available opportunity to have their child vaccinated whether it be with our clinic or at a community location. Please use the vaccine finder tool below to view all of your options.

**Click here for Pediatric FAQs**

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

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Click the "Find a vaccine near you" link in the box to the right 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.

General

Are you still scheduling vaccines?


Yes, please see the criteria listed above. We encourage you to take the first opportunity that presents itself for you to be vaccinated. 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.




You are my primary care clinic. Do I have to get vaccinated with you?


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 regarding the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for certain groups as this page is updated as soon as vaccine distribution detals becomes available. Our staff does not have any more information than is available on this page. However, if you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness or safety, or you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, feel free to contact your care team either by calling the clinic or utilizing your MyUnityPoint account.

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.




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.





Pediatrics

Are you scheduling vaccines for ages 5-11?


**Scheduling for Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines has been paused due to availability. We will update you as soon as we are able to resume scheduling. We strongly encourage you to utilize the vaccine finder above to find a vaccine appointment for your child.** **When scheduling resumes, parents should call the clinic to schedule their children for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic which begins later this week. Please note the following important details:

  • We do not have a self-scheduling feature through MyUnityPoint, and, because we anticipate our schedule filling quite quickly, we cannot accommodate MyUnityPoint messages requesting an appointment.
  • We know our patients may have preferences; however, we cannot guarantee that a particular nurse will be able to vaccinate your child.
  • ALL children must wait at least 15 minutes after they have received their vaccine. However, if your child has a history of any allergy resulting in anaphylaxis, they will be required to wait at least 30 minutes.
  • We cannot double-book these particular appointments, so every child will be scheduled for their own 10-minute appointment slot.




My child received the vaccine already. Should I let you know?


If your child has already received the vaccine or is scheduled to do so soon, there is no need to call or send us a MyUnityPoint message to let us know. COVID-19 vaccinations given in the state of Wisconsin will be added to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry no matter where they are given.




When I got my shot, I was told I couldn’t get other shots for 2 weeks around the vaccine; is that true for kids?


No—and it’s not true for adults anymore, either. When the vaccine was first approved, the FDA and CDC didn’t want to have side effects from other vaccines attributed to the COVID-19 vaccine, so they asked people to keep that 2-week window on either side of the vaccine so they could gather lots of information quickly. The restriction was removed months ago, and it’s OK to get vaccines at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine, or any time before or after it.




My children have scheduled appointments coming up soon; could they get the vaccine at that appointment?


**Scheduling for Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines has been paused due to availability. We will update you as soon as we are able to resume scheduling. We strongly encourage you to utilize the vaccine finder above to find a vaccine appointment for your child.** When scheduling resumes, if your child has a scheduled appointment coming up, our goal is to be able to offer them the COVID-19 vaccine at that time; we are hoping to have that workflow operational very soon. Stay tuned!




I have questions about the vaccine.


We are happy to have you send us a MyUnityPoint message or give us a call if you have questions about the vaccine and your child! We absolutely want to reassure you of the safety and effectivity of 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.

If the patient and ALL visitors regardless of age are BOTH FULLY vaccinated against COVID-19 and NOT sick:

  • Feel free to enter the clinic to check-in prior to the appointment. Please ensure you and any allowed visitors are wearing the proper barrier masks. 

If the patient or ANY visitors regardless of age are NOT FULLY vaccinated against COVID-19 and/or SICK:

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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