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Protecting yourself and your community

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccines


COVID-19 VACCINE
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All Pennsylvanians aged 16 and up are now able to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage everyone to sign up as soon as they’re able. The sooner we achieve immunity, the sooner we can stop the spread and get back to the people and places we love. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost to you, please call 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) and select the center of your choice or click here to use our online registration formYou do not have to be an LHC patient to schedule your vaccine. 

Note: Pfizer is currently approved for those 16+; Moderna and Janssen are currently approved for those 18+. Laurel Health is currently scheduling those 18+ up based on our vaccine product; stay tuned for updates on when we're able to expand to 16+.


COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
: If you suspect you may have been exposed to or are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19, call your healthcare provider immediately so that they can assess your risk and recommend your next care steps. If you need a healthcare provider, call 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) or click here for a full list of locations. 

COVID-19 TESTING: The Laurel Health Centers provide COVID-19 testing at all sites, including rapid tests. Anyone requesting a test will receive a televisit with an LHC provider to evaluate symptoms and/or exposure and determine if / what type of testing is needed. To schedule a test, call 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) to select the office of your choice or click here for a full list of Laurel Health locations. 

 

COVID-19 VACCINE FAST FACTS:

The vaccines are safe, effective, and the key to getting our communities back to normal. Before being approved for use, they were rigorously studied and tested on thousands of volunteers, reviewed in-depth by top clinical experts around the world, vetted through all the same intensive clinical trials as every other vaccine, evaluated for safety for months ahead of approval, and continue to be closely monitored.

  • The approved vaccines are approximately 95% effective in preventing you from contracting COVID-19
  • Being vaccinated greatly reduces your risk for serious symptoms, complications, hospitalization, or death if you are in the 5% who still become infected with COVID-19
  • The vaccines teach your body how to effectively fight the virus without having to suffer through the symptoms or risk the complications / long-term problems associated with contracting COVID-19
  • Patients are screened to ensure it’s appropriate for them to receive the vaccine and monitored for 15-30 min afterward but allergic reactions to these vaccines are very rare
  • Potential side effects are generally mild (sore arm, fatigue) and resolve quickly, usually in 1-3 days; there have been no cases of long-term serious side effects
  • Most people can safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and the research shows that the benefit of being vaccinated far outweighs the much greater risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing serious complications, including chronic health issues, hospitalization, and death. These vaccines have been proven safe and effective through rigorous clinical trials on thousands of volunteers and in the millions of people already safely vaccinated against COVID-19. 
     

For the latest information on reported cases or COVID-19 vaccine distribution, click here to visit the PA Dept. of Health. 

How to Protect Yourself

 

EVERYONE should follow these social distancing, hand washing, masking, and respiratory etiquette measures to slow the spread of COVID-19; each of these measures is a tool in our COVID-19 prevention toolkit. No one tool is 100% effective, and until the vaccine can be widely distributed, it is important to continue using all these preventive measures, even if you've already had COVID-19 or have been vaccinated:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for a full 20 seconds; hum happy birthday twice to make sure you're spending enough time at the sink.

  • Always wash after handling money, credit cards, gas pumps, items in a store, door handles, light switches, or cart handles.

  • When on the go, use hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of 60% or higher and rub your hands together for at least 15 seconds until all gel is absorbed.

  • Practice social distancing: stay at least six feet apart from anyone who does not live in your household on a daily basis / full-time.

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when interacting with people who do not live in your immediate household and in public settings like schools, supermarkets, stores, churches, and businesses. 

  • Avoid gathering with those outside your immediate household, even if you think everyone is well; people can spread and infect others with COVID-19 long before they show symptoms. Even small groups can spread COVID-19. 

  • Stop unnecessary travel and reduce necessary travel wherever possible (e.g., weekly trips to the grocery store instead of daily, using curbside pickup services, and receiving medication by delivery).

  • Use technology like video chatting, texts, calls, and social media to stay connected with friends and family while keeping those most vulnerable safe. While it can be hard not to meet up in-person, this sacrifice saves lives and keeps COVID-19 cases manageable.

  • If you suspect you may have been exposed or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, always call ahead to your family doctor, clinic, or emergency room for guidance instead of simply walking in. This allows healthcare providers to prepare for your arrival and ensure you can safely receive care without exposing others. Laurel Health has COVID-19 testing available at all sites.
     
  • Receive a COVID-19 vaccine once it is available to your community. Thanks to unprecedented collaboration between organizations around the world, effective COVID-19 vaccines were developed and tested quickly. The approved vaccines are safe and have been vetted through all the same intensive clinical trials as every other approved vaccine. These vaccines have been rigorously studied by top clinical experts and tested on thousands of volunteers to ensure safety and efficacy. To learn more, click here

  • If you feel sick, stay home. Staying home when you feel ill reduces your ability to spread illness to family, friends, coworkers, and community members and allows you to better recover. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms like fever, shortness of breath, dry cough, or loss of taste/smell, call your doctor for guidance. 

LAUREL HEALTH CENTER COVID-19 GUIDANCE:

Have questions about COVID-19? We have answers. Click the links below for in-depth guidance on a wide variety of COVID-19 topics, including information about the virus and how it spreads, prevention, testing, and the COVID-19 vaccines from your trusted Laurel Health provider experts.

Stay home
Stay home

 

Wash your hands
Wash your hands

 

Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover coughs and sneezes

 

Clean and disinfect
Clean and disinfect

 

Make Time for Hand Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available. Rub your hands together thoroughly until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands as these are easy entry points for viruses.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue, the crook of your elbow, or into your upper bicep NOT your hands.

Avoid Close Contact to Prevent Exposure

  • Put distance between yourself and other people through social distancing. Stay at least six feet apart when interacting with others, do not gather in large groups, and stay home when instructed to do so. This is especially important for people at higher risk of getting very sick
  • Avoid public spaces / transportation and unnecessary travel. If you need food, medicine, or supplies, ask someone who’s lower risk to run your errands then wash their hands thoroughly before handling / delivering your items.
  • If you must go out, plan your trip for an off-time when there will be less people and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not visit with those who are sick; if you must come into contact, stay at least six feet away.
  • If a member of your house is ill, have them self-isolate to avoid spreading illness throughout the family.

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Proper handwashing prevents infections, illness, and the spread of germs. Wash your hands with soap and water for a full 20 seconds several times per day and after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose. Humming the tune “Happy Birthday” twice is an easy way to make sure your family is spending enough time at the sink.

When running errands, going out to eat, or shopping, be mindful of washing your hands after handling money, restaurant menus and tables, shopping carts, door and toilet handles, check-out touch screens, or gas pumps. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, as these are easy entry points for viruses like COVID-19.

Questions about whether to use liquid or bar soap? Antibacterial or regular hand soap? Check out this helpful video to the right for a quick FAQ rundown on washing your hands thoroughly to kill germs!

If You're Feeling Sick...

If you're feeling sick and may have been exposed to COVID-19, call your healthcare provider so that a healthcare professional can assess your risk and recommend your next care steps. If you need a healthcare provider, call the Laurel Health Centers at 1-833-LAURELHC  (1-833-528-7354).

Remember, PLEASE CALL AHEAD to your family doctor, clinic, or emergency room to discuss your concerns. If you show up without forewarning, you can accidentally expose other vulnerable patients and staff. Call ahead to protect others and avoid spreading illness.

All Laurel Health locations have COVID-19 testing available. If you think you may need to be tested, call the Laurel Health Centers at 1-833-LAURELHC (1-833-528-7354) or click here to visit our contact page for a list of numbers by location to make an appointment. 

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