Important COVID-19 & Vaccine Update

March 29, 2021

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

This update represents Salina Family Healthcare Center’s understanding of the current situation related to COVID-19 vaccination.  Please be aware that vaccine supply is still significantly limited.  There is much uncertainty in the entire process.  SFHC hopes that updating what we do know helps the community feel more confident that the vaccine is coming.  Please hold on.  Keep masking.  Keep social distancing.  Vaccinate when your group is called.

  1. Initial supply of vaccine is insufficient to vaccinate all who want it.  Thus, decision makers at the federal and state government levels have created a system of distribution and vaccination to begin the process of COVID-19 vaccination.
  2. Saline County is currently vaccinating all those eligible – those 16+ years of age. Saline County has registration open to all those 16+. As a note, Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccination currently approved for those 16-17 years old. Saline County mainly receives Moderna vaccines.
  3. Locally, vaccinations are occurring at the old JC Penney location at the Central Mall through a collaboration of the Saline County Health Department, Salina Regional Health Center, and Salina Family Health Care Center.  Vaccinations are by appointment only. Local pharmacies also have a supply of vaccine available and have their own scheduling websites and/or phone numbers. Click here to see all vaccine providers in your area.
  4. If you are 16+ years of age, go to www.vaccinatesalinecountyks.com to register your name for the vaccine.  That registry will be used to make appointments for vaccine sessions as the supply is delivered to Saline County. The website will confirm back to you that your information was received.  Please do not call to ask where you are on the list as SFHC does NOT have ready access to the list.
  5. As vaccine supply increases, additional medical clinics will start doing COVID-19 vaccinations for their own patients, although the timing and extent of this process is uncertain.  SFHC will be one of those clinics.  If you are a patient of SFHC and are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, let your doctor or nurse at SFHC know or register at the www.vaccinatesalinecountyks.com.  SFHC patients on that list will be shared with us when we start getting our own supply of vaccine.  If you are not a patient of SFHC, check with your medical provider for details of their plan moving forward.

Please know that we are entering a period of COVID-19 vaccine scarcity.  Supply will not meet the immediate demand.  Hopefully, national leaders and vaccine manufacturers remedy this mismatch as quickly as possible.  In the meantime, please know that leaders tasked with the local rollout are working diligently to make the process as smooth as possible.

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GENERAL COVID-19 UPDATES

Salina and the surrounding areas are currently seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Now is the time for continued diligence with public health guidance as we increase vaccinations in our community.  In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, SFHC has taken the following steps:

  • We are encouraging the limitation of visitors to patient and essential caregivers only.
  • Expanding our telephone and telemedicine services to allow for care to be done without a face-to-face visit.  Talk to our staff about setting up a visit with a medical or behavioral health provider via the phone or on our new telemedicine platform!  All you need is a smartphone or a webcam-enabled computer.
  • Screening all employees and patients entering our building for symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Creating an isolated care area with a separate entrance for those patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  This helps us take good care of ALL of our patients, those with possible COVID-19 and those without it.

For All Patients:

Masks Required for Entry –Masks are mandated for all patients and visitors entering our building.  Please bring your own mask as we are limited in the number of masks we have available. 

Testing for COVID-19:

We know there are many of our patients who have questions about testing for COVID-19.  Here is where SFHC is with testing:

  • SFHC has IN-HOUSE testing for COVID-19.  Results may be known in as little as 15 minutes.  Symptoms warranting COVID-19 testing include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, chills, diarrhea, or loss of sense of taste or smell.  Asymptomatic patients with exposure to others with COVID-19 may warrant testing, as well. 
  • If you feel like you have COVID-19 and might need testing, please call SFHC to discuss your symptoms and other factors that might warrant a test.
  • SFHC now has free, saliva-based tests available. Any community member can request kit(s) at the front door, without entering the building or at the former JCPenney’s vaccination location in Central Mall during vaccination clinic hours. You will follow the included instructions to administer the test and ship the completed test via prepaid FedEx. To get results, you will need a cellphone that accepts text messages.

Our advice to you:

It can be a little overwhelming to know what you can do to help avoid COVID-19.  Here is our advice:

  • Stay home whenever possible.  Avoid gathering with those outside of your household.
  • Wear a mask when you are out in public.
  • Keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when you do need to go out.
  • Regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Completely cover your cough with the inside of your elbow.
  • If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, quarantine for 10 days.

Here is our advice if you are ill:

  • Stay home and away from others as much as possible.
  • Here is what COVID-19 may look like: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, congestion, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of sense of taste or smell
  • If you feel you have COVID-19 symptoms but are not seriously ill, isolate yourself from others for 7 days after symptoms start or 3 days after symptoms end, whichever is longer.  Also consider getting a test through your primary care provider.  If you are seriously ill, go to the ER.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen. 
  • Stay hydrated.
  • If you are concerned about your symptoms or that you have underlying risk for serious illness, please call us (785-825-7251).  We want to help you.

Section 3202(b) of the CARES Act requires all providers that order or provide COVID-19 testing to publicly post their charge to the provider’s public internet website. Salina Family Healthcare Center’s charge for the clinically-indicated COVID-19 test is $150. Additional charges for office visits may apply.

COVID-19 vaccines are free. There is an administration fee ($45 for the first dose and $80 for the second) that will be billed to the vaccinated person’s insurance. Most insurance companies are paying this fee. For uninsured patients there is no cost. 

Other Resources

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