COVID-19 Vaccine Information & Protocols

Vaccine Update!

We are pleased to announce that after months of communication with the state, we have been selected as part of a pilot program for Primary Care Providers to administer the Moderna vaccine.

 

We will have a limited supply starting the week on 5/17/2021.

 

Over time, we hope to be able to administer this vaccine to all of our patients who would like to receive it.

 

Please call the office or send a portal message if you would like to schedule your vaccine appointment. Thank you for your patience and thank you for letting our family take care of your family.

Pre-Vaccine Checklist

Prior to your vaccine, you'll need to fill out the Pre-Vaccine Checklist

 
 

Preparing For Your Visit to MFM

Thank you for your patience during this trying time.

 

Patients are screened at the time of booking and at the door. 

When you arrive at our office, please call 978-206-7064 and remain in your vehicle.

 

  • This will connect you to one of our Patient Greeters who will advise you when it is time to come in for your visit.

  • They will meet you at the door and review the screening questions with you.

  • We ask that if any of your answers have changed from your previous screenings, to please let us know so we can see you in the safest way possible. 

SCREENING QUESTIONS

 

  1. Have you had a Covid vaccine?  

    • If yes, has it been 2 weeks since your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or, single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine?

  2. ​In the last 2 weeks have you been under quarantine for COVID exposure or been around anyone who is awaiting the test results for a COVID test?

    • Have you been in isolation for having COVID?

  3. ​In the last 2 weeks have you felt unwell/not yourself or had any symptoms of COVID-19 including: any sick, allergy, cold or flu-like symptoms, or loss of taste or smell?

If vaccinated, please bring a copy of your vaccine card so we can make a copy for your chart.

Car Testing Instructions
COVID-19 Positive Isolation Instructions
COVID-19 Antibody Testing Info

Source: MA Department of Public Health

Patient safety is our priority.

Here is some information that may help to answer general questions you may have related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Please reach out to the practice if you have questions specific to your health. 

Frequently asked questions

What are the vaccines available?


There are three vaccines available, the Pfizer, Moderna, and the Johnson and Johnson. At this time, MFM has the MODERNA vaccine. This is indicated with an emergency use authorization for patients 18 years old and up. This is a two dose series, administered 28 days apart. All patients 18 years old and up are now eligible to receive the vaccine. We hope to receive the Pfizer vaccine to be able to vaccinate our patients 12-18, but do not have any news about this at this time.




Who can get the vaccine?


All patients 18 years old and older are now eligible for the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Patients 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.




Will your office be administering the vaccine?


Yes! We are pleased to announce that after months of communication with the state, we have been selected as part of a pilot program for Primary Care Providers to administer the Moderna vaccine. We will have a limited supply starting the week on 5/17/2021. Over time, we hope to be able to administer this vaccine to all of our patients who would like to receive it. Please call the office or send a portal message if you would like to schedule your vaccine appointment. Thank you for your patience and thank you for letting our family take care of your family. For more information about other COVID-19 Vaccine locations, please see below www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations




How can I schedule my vaccine appointment?


You may call the office to book your vaccine appointment, or you can request an appointment using our patient portal.




Are there side effects to the vaccine?


Yes, like any vaccine, there can be side effects. Many of the side effects are evidence that your body’s immune system is working.

  • The symptoms most commonly reported after the Pfizer vaccine include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain and chills.
  • The symptoms most commonly reported after the Moderna vaccine include pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, swollen lymph nodes in the same arm as the infection, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
  • The Johnson and Johnson vaccine has a similar side effect profile to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. In addition to the side effects listed above, there have been reports of blood clots developing after the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. These reports are rare. Patients should be aware to seek medical attention if they develop shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling, persistent abdominal pain, severe or persistent headaches, blurry vision, or easy bruising or tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the injection site after they have received a Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
You may not experience any of these, or a few of them in combination. The above side effects are expected, and not considered a reaction to the vaccine.




Will I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?


No. None of the vaccines contains any live virus. It cannot give you COVID-19.




Is there information I can review in advance of the COVID-19 vaccine?


Yes. Prior to your vaccine, you'll need to fill out the Pre-Vaccine Checklist. There are also factsheets available for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which can be found below. Pfizer / COVID-19 Vaccine Factsheet Moderna / COVID-19 Vaccine Factsheet Johnson & Johnson / COVID-19 Factsheet





Further Resources

Mass 211

Need help fast with a question about COVID-19?  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) has set up a confidential hotline to call with either your landline phone or cell phone to answer any questions you may have about COVID-19.  You can also go to their website Mass 211: Home.

MA Department of Public Health (MADPH)

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH)  provides up to date information about everything you need to know about COVID-19 including daily statistics, recommendations, and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Interested in what the Federal government is doing in the fight against COVID-19? Then check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for information and updates Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Screening/Assessment Tool

We know it’s a difficult time for all of us and we are here to help. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) has set up a website to review your symptoms to determine what is the preferred next step, whether it is contacting your primary care physician or going to the emergency department.  If you have any questions at any time, please contact us and will make sure that you are provided the best care Buoy Health: Check Symptoms & Find the Right Care.

Behavioral Health and Mental Well Being

We have expanded our behavioral health services during this stressful time. We recognize that depression and anxiety are two common responses to very stressful times. We want to provide you with behavioral health care through our team of mental health providers. 

 

Please call us to speak with one of our mental health providers. 

For more information about stress and coping strategies, visit these websites, 

Talking with Children About COVID-19

As adults being in quarantine is bad enough, but for children it can be even more confusing and difficult to understand. The following are some resources to talk about COVID-19 with you children: