COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE FROM THE ACHIEVABLE HEALTH CENTER 4/9/2021

Dear Patients,

We now have covid-19 vaccines available for all patients of the Achievable Health Center. We should have a steady supply for the next 4-6 weeks. If you’d like to get an appointment for a vaccine, please fill out this form (https://forms.gle/GEfYYFMwDqf3ohWb6) and we will send you the sign-up information. If you need help signing up, please let us know and we will assist you.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE FROM THE ACHIEVABLE HEALTH CENTER 1/19/2021

Dear Patients,

Covid-19 vaccines are now available in LA County to healthcare workers and all people 65 and older. We are currently waiting for our next shipment of vaccine and as soon as it is available we  will begin to schedule vaccine appointments. We will update our website at that time. In the meantime, you can visit http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/vaccine/ for the latest information about signing up with them for a covid vaccine.

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE FROM THE ACHIEVABLE HEALTH CENTER 1/14/2021

Dear Patients,

The Achievable Foundation is working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to arrange for Covid-19 vaccines for all of our eligible patients. As soon as we have vaccine available we will be reaching out to all of our eligible patients. We will also be updating this space. If you know you want to get the vaccine as soon as it is available, please click this link and be sure to complete the survey and include an email address that you check frequently (Achievable COVID-19 Survey). Information is changing daily, so please check back frequently.

COVID-19 UPDATE FROM THE ACHIEVABLE HEALTH CENTER 12/23/2020

Dear patients,

While there are still many unknowns, I wanted to take a minute to provide you with an update on Coronavirus vaccines. We have signed up to give the vaccine, and anticipate beginning to receive doses of the Moderna vaccine in the coming weeks. We will be following all state and local guidelines for distribution of the vaccine based on age and risk factors and we’ll be reaching out to you once vaccines are available.
I hope you’ll all plan to get vaccinated when your turn comes. The studies show that these vaccines are safe and effective at preventing Covid.
In the meantime, the numbers in LA County are very high, and the hospitals are struggling to keep up with the demand. Please stay safe- stay home as much as possible, wear a mask when you’re out, and avoid gatherings with people outside of your household.  If you think you have symptoms or have been exposed, give us a call- we can set up an appointment and a  test if you need it.

 

 

COVID-19 Update for The Achievable Health Center 5/13/20

Dear patients of Achievable,

I hope you all continue to take good care of yourselves and have been able to access any care that you need. We remain open and available to assist with your medical needs. Please contact us as you need to. We continue to offer telephone, video and in-person visits depending on your need. In the office, we’re doing our best to stagger in-person appointments so you won’t need to spend time in the waiting room with others. We’re wiping down all surfaces in exam rooms between every patient, and frequently cleaning high touch surfaces.

Lots of folks are interested in antibody testing and some of you have been calling to ask about getting antibody testing at Achievable. At this time, the antibody tests that are available are not accurate enough to be useful. Additionally, we don’t know if a positive antibody test means you’re immune to COVID. For these reasons, I am not recommending antibody tests to any of our patients. There are many ongoing studies of antibody tests and levels, and as more information becomes available, we may begin to recommend these tests. If you’ve gotten an antibody test elsewhere, please be aware: a positive test does NOT mean you are immune to COVID. You should continue to practice recommended safety procedures to keep yourself and others safe.

As you may know, anyone in LA County can sign up to be tested for COVID at a city or county site. The website to sign up is: https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ Over time, testing will become more integrated into your usual care, and we may be offering more testing at Achievable, but at this time, for most patients, testing through the city or county is the most efficient way to get results. Again, a brief word of caution- a negative test, especially if you have no symptoms, does not mean that you can’t spread COVID. Please continue to follow all recommended safety measures to protect yourself and others.

LA County Department of Public Health and all of us at Achievable continue to recommend that you stay home as much as possible, that you limit outings to only those that are essential, and that when out, you wear a face-covering AND maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others.

You may be receiving a survey from us soon so we can learn more about what non-medical needs you have during this time. The survey is confidential, and I would very much appreciate you responding to the survey, so we can use that information to build needed relationships with community organizations to serve you better.

Thank you, as always, for trusting us with your care,

Michelle Catanzarite, MD
Chief Medical Officer, The Achievable Foundation

Additional Resources:

CDC: 10 Ways to Manage Respiratory Symptoms at Home:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/10Things.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

What is Social Distancing?

https://www.orangecountync.gov/2358/Social-distancing