A message from Balboa Nephrology Medical Group
We are monitoring COVID-19 closely and continue to introduce measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients. The arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccinations has created a lot of excitement and questions for many of you. The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We are strongly encouraging you to get the vaccination when you are eligible and able to do so. While our BNMG Offices do not have the vaccines available at this time, we are encouraging our patients to get vaccinated at the various locations available through the County’s website. We will continue to keep our page updated so you are aware of the opportunities to get vaccinated.
We also recommend that transplant recipients receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both have similar mechanisms (mRNA technology) and are not live viruses and they are safe in transplant recipients. We recognize that the vaccine has not been studied in transplant recipients but given the intensity of the surge in Southern California the risk of waiting for more information outweighs the benefit.
Unfortunately, we cannot get you the vaccine any faster, your County Health Department controls when the vaccine is available. Links to San Diego, Imperial and Orange County Health Departments below.
Balboa Nephrology Medical Group Current Appointment Protocols:
As of Monday, April 5, 2021, BNMG will be able to offer in-office appointments for current and new patients. If you prefer in person appointments – there are openings available. Telehealth visits will also continue.
Patients will be contacted by their provider about upcoming appointments. Masks are required and all BNMG waiting rooms will maintain social distancing with only 1-2 patients allowed with a minimum of 6 feet apart.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, seek care right away.
All patients with respiratory or COVID-19 related symptoms are being treated through Telehealth (Video Visits)
If you are unsure or have questions about your upcoming appointment, please call our office.
Please know that your health is important to us. We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.
If you do not have access to the MyChart Patient Portal, please call 858.810.8000. Our team will be able to help you set up your account and activation.
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
The UC San Diego vaccination superstation at the RIMAC arena has vaccine appointments available. Make an appointment here.
Effective 04/01/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
All San Diegans 50 and Older Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine. More San Diegans will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 now that the state and the County have expanded eligibility to include all people between 50 and 64 years of age, the first group in Phase 2.
Effective 03/30/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
Residents of Southeastern San Diego and nearby areas will now have an easier time getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 vaccinations are now being administered at the Educational Cultural Complex in Mountain View, 4343 Oceanview Boulevard, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Effective 03/30/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
The County is continuing to expand its efforts to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines to populations who have suffered the worst outcomes from the pandemic. In February, the County began piloting multiple health-equity focused methods to ensure that eligible County residents who live in the hardest-hit communities can get vaccinated outside of the traditional online appointment system. Learn more about Project SAVE!
People can also go to Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS. Check each location website for complete details. Additionally, if your Primary Care Physician is with Scripps or Sharp, you may be able to get your vaccination through them. Check with your PCP for more information.
Effective 03/26/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
The County is continuing to open vaccination clinics in communities most impacted by the pandemic. Please check the County website for complete details.
Effective 03/23/21: via Sharp.com
The County of San Diego is currently vaccinating individuals in all tiers of Phases 1A, 1B and 1C. Sharp is following state and county guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, including phases for vaccine distribution.
Effective 03/22/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
Two new COVID-19 vaccination clinics are opening in the region and will take measures to focus on people in communities hit hardest by the pandemic. A walk-up clinic will be administering vaccines from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University, located at 5500 Canyon Crest Dr. in San Diego.
Effective 03/21/21: via Patch.com
The county’s first and largest vaccination super site at Petco Park, which administered more than 200,000 Moderna vaccines, has closed in preparation for Padres opening day.
Effective 03/15/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
A COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Oceanside will start administering shots Tuesday from a new location that can reach more people each day.
Effective 03/08/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
The arrival of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will make it easier for San Diegans to be vaccinated against the virus.
Effective 03/03/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
Given the ongoing shortage in supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the region, local vaccination sites are prioritizing people with second appointments.