WCHCs Response to COVID-19:

 

The CDC announced on August 13, 2021 that people with compromised immune systems may benefit from an additional mRNA COVID-19 vaccine dose, after their initial 2 doses, to make sure they have enough protection against COVID-19.

This recommendation includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Talk to your healthcare provider about your medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

 

WCHC COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

To our dear valued patients and community,

The West Cecil Health Center is committed to doing our part in the COVID19 vaccine effort. We consider it a privilege to help bring this very important immunization to as many people as possible.

Below are some very common questions we receive about the COVID 19 vaccine at WCHC that may be helpful for you.

Does WCHC offer the COVID19 vaccine?
Yes, we are offering Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

 

Who is eligible for the vaccine?
Anyone that is eligible to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine

I am eligible for a vaccine and am a patient of WCHC, how do I get an appointment for the vaccine?

If you are an existing patient please click the following link or call the office at 410-378-9696. Schedule Your COVID Vaccine

 

I am eligible for a vaccine but am NOT a patient at WCHC, how do I get an appointment?
Call the office at 410-378-9696 if you are not an existing patient and we will add you to the waitlist.

 

I am not in the eligible category yet, but I would like to receive a vaccine. Will you add me to the list?
No, West Cecil does not have a waitlist. Please call the office to schedule your appointment when you are eligible.

 

I am on a waitlist for WCHC but I already got a vaccine from another location. What should I do now?
That’s terrific but please call and let us know right away so we can give someone else your dose.

 

I have an upcoming appointment with WCHC for the vaccine, but now another location is calling me to offer an appointment. What should I do?

 We are committed to not wasting any of our doses, so please help us by keeping your appointment.

 

If I get my first does of Moderna at WCHC, can I get the second dose there too?
Yes! We make sure to have the second dose available for you. If you get your second dose somewhere else, please let us know right away!

 

Does WCHC do “drive-thru” vaccines?
No, we cannot offer a drive-thru format. But! We do have plenty of space in the waiting room to keep 6 feet away from others. Chairs are wiped down regularly and we have good air filtration. Thankfully, patients have been very satisfied with their experience.

 

Will WCHC continue to offer telehealth visits?

WCHC will continue to utilize telehealth visits for Primary Care and Behavioral Health services as needed. WCHC has put together tips for a successful telehealth visit for both Healow and Bluestream Health. You can also view a video HERE on getting started with Healow televisits. You can also view a video HERE on getting started with Healow televisits. If you have difficulties accessing the internet, Armstrong has opened up free hot spots at various locations for members of the community; hot spots near you can be found HERE.

Does West Cecil do Antibody testing?

Yes, West Cecil Health will order an Antibody test for you as appropriate. Please review WCHC COVID-19 Antibody Testing FAQs for Patients.

 

Resources

WCHC is working to compile a list of resources for Cecil and Harford County residents. If you have suggestions of what can be added to the list, please send an email to info@westcecilhealth.org.

For Cecil County Residents, available resources can be found HERE. Cecil County Health Department has compiled a list of Food Pantries in the area.

For Harford County Residents, available resources can be found HERE. For a list of available Food Pantries in Harford County, click HERE.

For any Marylander with food insecurity and needing to find food, click HERE and type in your zip code to find a list of food pantries near you. More information can be found HERE.

If you are uninsured and seeking health insurance coverage, please contact Maryland Health Connection. More information can be found HERE

The Cecil County Health Department has set up a Coronavirus hotline, for those with questions about the illness: 410.996.1005

For the most up-to-date information on what Maryland is doing during the pandemic, please click HERE.

The Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure and response capabilities of communities in Maryland. Maryland Responders include medical and public health professionals, such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians and epidemiologists. Many other non-medical community members also support the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps, such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisors. Those interested in volunteering can register HERE.

Tips on Preventing Transmission:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. Here is information on handwashing by CDC.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact, unless you are in the healthcare profession or caring for an ill family member or friend.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissue in the trash and wash your hands afterward with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as your phone, countertops, and doorknobs.
  • Stay calm! After taking the appropriate measures to help reduce the spread of germs, the next best step is to stay calm.
 

What to Do If You Are Sick

If you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider before going to a clinic or provider’s office. If you are having chest pain, serious difficulty breathing, or another type of medical emergency, please call 911 or seek care at your local emergency department.

 

How can I stay up to date with what is going on with coronavirus?

Please visit the  Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

OUR LOCATIONS

Conowingo
49 Rock Springs Road
P.O. Box 99
Conowingo, MD 21918
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253 Lewis Lane
Suite 202
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Beacon Health Center
253 Lewis Lane
Suite 202
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

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