COVID-19 Update 5/17/21
As you are likely aware, the CDC released new guidance last week for fully vaccinated people. Fully vaccinated people can now resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing. This was quickly adopted as policy by the Biden and Polis Administrations.
The CDC, however, is still recommending the use of masks by all people in healthcare facilities, long term care facilities and schools. For this reason, we will continue to ask that you wear a mask when you come to the office. We will also still continue to keep our front door locked and limit the number of patients in our waiting room. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of illness, please let us know right away and we will schedule an evaluation outside of the office, in your car, as we have been doing throughout the pandemic. We ask that you not see this as an inconvenience but as a necessary precaution so that we can provide the best care to all of our patients. We do have a number of immunocompromised patients that may have had an incomplete response to the vaccine and we would like to keep our office safe for them and everyone.
We are all wondering if and when we will need a booster shot. No official recommendations have been released yet by the CDC, but we expect vaccinated people to need a booster some time in the future to maintain their immunity. We will let you know when more information is available.
Infection rates are dropping and we have much to celebrate. We are all looking forward to a return to a more carefree existence, but we would like to remind you to continue to exercise caution. The vaccine will greatly reduce your risk of getting ill from COVID-19, but it is not foolproof. Illness with COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people has been documented in the Roaring Fork Valley.
ALL Coloradans 12 and up are eligible to receive a vaccine. If you or a family member is not yet vaccinated, please contact your local Public Health:
Garfield County residents: https://www.garfield-county.com/public…/covid-19-vaccine/
Eagle County residents: https://sites.google.com/eaglecounty.us/covid/landing
Pitkin County residents: https://covid19.pitkincounty.com/vaccine/
Or Participating City Market Locations: https://www.citymarket.com/rx/covid-eligibility
We hope you take the time to protect yourself, your loved ones and the community.
Thank you and stay healthy,
Dr Borchers’ and staff