COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Updated June 16, 2021

Please consider this page a resource on COVID-19 information and related updates to our operations in response to the current conditions of the pandemic. It is our mission to keep you informed and ensure safe care when you need it. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Despite the state of California recently lifting many restrictions regarding mask use and occupancy in various settings, we will continue to follow strict safety guidelines to ensure the safety of everyone in our offices. Learn about our updated operations and ongoing in-office safety measures by clicking here.

We encourage you to explore all available vaccination options listed on this page. Huntington Hospital’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic, located in the Huntington Ambulatory Care Center (HACC), will remain a local vaccination site for all eligible individuals.

COVID-19 can be transmitted by:

  • Respiratory droplets (cough)
  • Person-to-person contact

The symptoms of COVID-19 are listed below. Please note, the presence of these symptoms does not directly indicate a COVID-19 infection, as these common symptoms can also be present with other infections, such as the seasonal flu:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Sore Throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain with fever
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Recent onset muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Congestion/Runny Nose

If you’re experiencing any of the noted symptoms and/or are concerned that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, we request that you call your doctor’s office immediately, in advance of visiting, so that we can minimize potentially exposing our staff and other patients to any illness. Next steps will be advised over the phone.

To ensure everyone’s safety during an in-office visit, we’ve implemented strict precautionary measures in all offices. Click here to learn about the safety updates to our operations.

COVID-19 Testing

We are NOT performing COVID-19 testing in any of our offices. If you’d like to get tested, please call us to speak with our medical staff for local testing resources.

You may also visit Huntington Hospital’s COVID-19 Testing page for more information about local testing options.

There are now many options to get vaccinated throughout Los Angeles County. Once you become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please do not delay seeking access to it. We will continue to update the list of resources below as we receive new information from the city of Pasadena and the county.

Our Pediatric Offices

Each of our three pediatric offices are now stocked with the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to pediatric patients 12 years old and above. If your child is of age, please call their pediatric office to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Please note, due to the reallocation of vaccine supply, our adult medicine offices will no longer be administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

Los Angeles County

Pasadena

City of Pasadena is also providing vaccinations to eligible individuals who reside in the city – you must have a Pasadena residential address. Seniors in Pasadena can fill out this form if they would like to note their interest in getting the vaccine, or call  (626) 744-7311. We have more details on the Pasadena registration option here.

Pharmacies In Your Area

The Pasadena Public Health website shares these additional pharmacy locations that are now registering limited COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

National Vaccination Assistance Hotline

The federal government’s new vaccination assistance hotline is 1-800-232-0233. You’ll be able to speak with a representative who can provide you with local vaccination options. Assistance can be provided in English, Spanish and additional languages.

COVID-19 Vaccine Basics

Q. What is the COVID-19 vaccine?

A. The COVID-19 vaccine is a shot that teaches our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s the same idea behind the flu shot that Americans have been getting since the 1940s. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of COVID-19 vaccines to help stop the spread of the pandemic.

Q. Why should I get the vaccine?

A. You should get vaccinated when it is your turn because it will help keep you safe and help us stop the spread. COVID-19 is dangerous – it can be fatal or have long-lasting impacts, even in young, healthy people. The risks from getting sick with COVID-19 are much larger than any possible risk from getting vaccinated. While getting the vaccine may not prevent you from getting COVID-19, it does stop you from getting sick and developing symptoms.

COVID-19 variants: The COVID-19 variants circulating now are very contagious, an important reason for everyone to get vaccinated. In addition, vaccination can prevent more variants from being created.

Q. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

A. Yes. There have been no reported serious safety concerns from COVID-19 vaccines. The CDC and the FDA continue to monitor individuals who have received the vaccine to ensure there’s no evidence of even rare safety issues. Although the COVID-19 vaccine is new, the science behind creating a vaccine has been around for a long time and is scientifically proven to be safe and effective.

Millions of people have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine, and careful monitoring efforts have supported the science demonstrating vaccine safety.

Q. Does the COVID-19 vaccine work?

A. Yes, we know that all the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. You can read about the different vaccines in use on the CDC website (see our Resources section below).

Q. I’ve heard a lot of different things about the vaccine, how do I know what to believe?

A. There is a lot of information about vaccines in the news right now, and some of it is not based in science. We encourage you to read the articles included in our Resources section at the end of this FAQ from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other trusted institutions.

What to Expect from the COVID-19 Vaccine

Q. Are there any side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine?

A. Yes, some people do experience side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. Most side effects reported were mild to moderate in severity and resolved within 24 hours. Side effects included pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. More people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose.

Q. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

A. No. It is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. Current vaccines use only genetic material from the virus while other vaccines being studied use inactivated virus. None of these can cause COVID-19.

Q. How long will it take for the vaccine to begin protecting me?

A. It normally takes about two to three weeks to start getting some protection, and about six weeks for full protection. Important: even after you have received both doses of the current vaccines, you must give your body time (2-6 weeks) to have the full benefit of vaccination.

Q. Do I need to get a second vaccinate shot, or booster, if I’ve already received the first dose?

A. If you received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine as your first dose, the answer is YES. In order to be effective, these vaccines require two doses. Please be careful about scheduling your second dose on time, even if the system for doing so is hard to use. The second dose is critical for your protection. After you have received both doses, you must give your body time (2-6 weeks) to have the full benefit of vaccination.

Download Huntington Hospital’s info sheet about the importance of the second vaccine dose.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, only one dose is required to be effective.

Q. Will I have to continue wearing a mask after I get the vaccine?

A. Yes. We should all continue wearing face masks, washing our hands, and social distancing until enough vaccine is in the community, until we know how long a vaccine will protect us, and until we have slowed the spread.

Continuing these safe practices after vaccination is important because we don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself.

Q. If I have had COVID-19 should I get the vaccine?

A. Yes. Even if you suspect or know that you had COVID-19, it is still recommended that you et vaccinated when you are eligible.

People who test positive for COVID-19 may have partial protection, be we don’t know how long that protection lasts or how effective it is. If you’ve had a positive COVID-19 test, you should wait 90 days before getting a vaccine.

In addition to protecting yourself, getting vaccinated will help decrease the spread of COVID-19. It can protect people around you, particularly people who are at greater risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 because of their age, health issues or other factors. Vaccination also prevents new variants from developing.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html

Q. I live in Pasadena – where should I register for the vaccine?

A. Pasadena residents, as well as those working for a healthcare provider in the city, have two options to get a coronavirus vaccine appointment: They can go through the county or the city, unlike most others who can only rely on the county.

Pasadena city officials are asking eligible residents to fill out an online form or call the city’s Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311. Either method will get them added to a waitlist, as long as they’re Pasadena residents.

When you become eligible for the vaccine, Pasadena encourages you to first contact your employer or healthcare provider to see if they are administering vaccine. If you cannot get vaccinated that way, please fill out an online form or call the city’s Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311.

Pasadena would like to remind residents that they must get their second dose through the same system where they got their first dose. In other words, if you’re a Pasadena resident but you got your first dose through LA County, you will need to get your second dose through the county. That’s because the city allocates its second-round shots based on how many first-round shots it delivered; the county does the same.

Last, Pasadena city officials urge residents not to show up to the city’s vaccination site without an appointment. There will not be any extra doses for people without appointments, and anyone who arrives without an appointment just creates traffic.

In-Office Care

If you have put off your annual check-up, preventative screenings, or any other health issues that need attention, please do not delay any longer. Make your health a priority and call us today to schedule an appointment. Click here to learn about our updated operations to keep everyone safe in our offices.

Telehealth

Telehealth visits are video conference calls through your smart phone, tablet, or computer. Your doctor will be able to evaluate your condition and discuss treatment options in real-time. If your doctor feels further evaluation is needed, next steps will be advised.

With easy setup, a private and secure connection, and coverage by most major insurances, including Medicare and Medicare Advantage, Telehealth is a simple and convenient option to stay connected and receive the care you need. For more details, call your physician’s office or click here.

To protect yourself, your family, and your community, please remember:

  • When in public, practice social distancing and properly wear basic protective equipment, such as a surgical mask, N95 or KN95 mask, a layered cloth face covering, or a combination of these options. Click here for guidance on mask wearing.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by regularly washing your hands with soap and water.
  • Refrain from touching your face, as this is a common way of transmitting the virus.
  • Monitor your own health every day.
  • Stay informed from trusted sources, such as your doctor’s office and the links on this page.

We encourage you to visit the following credible websites for more information:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Pasadena Public Health Department

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Huntington Hospital

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Mayo Clinic

IF YOU FEEL YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION, CALL 911 FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE.