What You Should Know
Madison Valley Medical Center is well prepared for any infectious diseases, including the Coronavirus.
Moderna Booster Now Available
CDC’s independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends a booster shot of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations. CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky accepted those recommendations and released a statement [cdc.gov].
For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:
- 65 years and older
- Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
- Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
- Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings
For individuals that received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
- Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine booster
- A single Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose (0.5 mL) may be administered at least 2 months after primary vaccination with the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine, to individuals 18 years of age and older.
- A single booster dose of the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine (0.5 mL) may be administered as a booster dose following completion of primary vaccination with another authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. The eligible population(s) and dosing interval for the booster dose are the same as those authorized for a booster dose of the vaccine used for primary vaccination.
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine booster
- The booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is 0.25 mL. Note this is half the quantity of the primary vaccine series dose and the third dose.
- A single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine (0.25 mL) may be administered as a booster dose following completion of any primary vaccination with another authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. Therefore, a 0.25 mL dose of Moderna may be used as a booster for eligible populations for Pfizer or J&J, as well as Moderna itself.
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster
- A single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose (0.3 mL) may be administered to eligible individuals who have completed primary vaccination with a different authorized COVID-19 vaccine. The eligible population(s) and dosing interval for the booster dose are the same as those authorized for a booster dose of the vaccine used for primary vaccination.
Below are a list of resources and upcoming informational activities related to the recommendation:
- Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets for Recipients and Caregivers
- Updated booster shot webpage [cdc.gov] for the public (Update expected 10/25)
- Updated Clinical Considerations [cdc.gov] (Update expected 10/25)
- COCA Call: What Clinicians Need to Know about the Recent Updates to CDC’s Recommendations for COVID-19 Boosters [emergency.cdc.gov]
The Infection Control team would like to inform the public of the following:
If you feel ill and you may have been exposed to the Corona Virus, please DO NOT COME directly to the hospital or clinic. Call one of the following numbers:
- Clinic: 406-682-4223
- Hospital: 406-682-6862
- Triage Nurse: 406-682-6628
- Public Health: 406-843-4295
The following questions will be asked:
- In the last 14 days have you traveled to an area that has been identified as having the Corona Virus?
- Have you had prolonged, direct contact with a CONFIRMED COVID-19 positive patient?
- Do you have a fever of greater than 100.4?
- Do you have a cough and/or shortness of breath and/or body aches?
If we feel that you should be tested for Corona Virus, we will give you instructions on how that will be accomplished.
Please keep in mind that the majority of people who are infected with COVID 19 will most likely do not need hospitalization. They will need isolation and supportive treatment such as increased fluid intake, rest and medications to control fevers.
Reasons to come directly to the hospital include:
- Uncontrolled fever
- Shortness of breath
- Severe dehydration
- Other complicating diseases such as COPD, emphysema, and/or other respiratory disorders.
If you are able, please call ahead to 406-682-6862 and alert our staff so we may take proper precautions for your safety, ours and that of our current patients within our facility.
Protect Yourself By:
- WASH YOUR HANDS – for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your face
- Keep a respectable social distance from other individuals, which is recommended to be approximately six feet.
- Get plenty of sleep and support your immune system
IMPORTANT VISITOR INFORMATION
Madison Valley Medical Center is temporarily restricting visitors from visiting hospital patients.
The Madison Valley Medical Center Foundation has set up a COVID-19 Relief and Resource Fund to assist MVMC in providing continued care to all patients and residents of the Madison Valley. LEARN MORE >