Covid-19 Information

My staff and I are vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19, to protect you and all of us. 
The new Omicron strains, including BA.5 (currently circulating), are extremely contagious.  We continue with all measures in our office to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, including mask use. 


Vaccinations and Boosters

As of September 2022, a new booster vaccine is available.  This booster is "bivalent."  That is, it contains both the original Covid-19 strain and the Omicron BA.5 strain.

Here are 2 good articles, by epidemiologist Dr. Katelyn Jetelina, about the new booster.

  • Science behind the new booster, and recommendations:  CLICK HERE
    Summary:
    "Everyone aged 12+ years old should get a booster this fall.  It is safe.  And we are more confident than not that it will be better than the previous vaccine.  It will not be the silver bullet, but will no doubt help greatly on an individual and population level through the winter months.  Protect yourself and those around you."
  • Timing – when to get the new booster, depending on when you had your last vaccination, and whether (and when) you last had a case of Covid-19:  CLICK HERE

Where to get a vaccine – ask for the new bivalent booster:


Information for Patients, Prior To Your Appointment

Please review this updated information, especially in light of the different symptoms associated with the Omicron variants of Covid-19.

When you are in our office you will be required to wear a cloth or paper face mask that covers your mouth and nose at all times, even if you are vaccinated.  Masks with an exhalation valve are not acceptable, as they do not protect others from Covid-19.  We will provide you with a paper mask, if you need one.

We are still screening all patients for Covid-19, even if you have been vaccinated and boosted, as "breakthrough" cases are common.    
Prior to your visit to our office, please answer these 3 questions:

  1. Do you have a fever?  If you are not sure, take your temperature with a thermometer before you leave for your appointment.  You have a fever if your temperature is higher than 99.5 F.

  2. Do you have any symptoms of Covid: headache, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, persistent cough, fever, chills, loss of sense of taste or smell?

  3. In the last 10 days, has anyone in your household (or any person who you have been in close contact with) tested positive for Covid, or developed symptoms of Covid?

If the answers are all "no" you do not need to inform us.

If the answer to ANY question is “yes” then you should not come in for your appointment.  
In such case, please contact us.


Levels of Covid-19 in NYC

The alert level for Covid-19 in NYC is currently HIGH (since May 16, 2022).
The NYC Health Commissioner advises all New Yorkers to wear a high-quality mask in all public indoor settings and around crowds outside.
You can check the alert level on the NYC Department of Health website:  CLICK HERE.


Exposed to Covid-19?  How To Quarantine – Who Should Quarantine

The NYS Department of Health has issued new guidance (on May 31, 2022) regarding what you should do if you are exposed to Covid-19 or if you have symptoms. 
To read the PDF , CLICK HERE.


NYC Hotel Isolation Program

Unfortunately, the NYC Hotel Isolation Program has been discontinued.