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.
San Diegans wishing to get a free COVID-19 shot can show up at various locations to get vaccinated without an appointment. 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave final approval Friday to start administering Covid-19 booster shots to Pfizer and Moderna vaccine recipients hours after a key panel unanimously voted to endorse third doses for immunocompromised Americans. The FDA’s approval cleared third doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for “solid organ transplant recipients or those who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.”
Effective 08/12/21: NBC 7 San Diego
The Food and Drug Administration has authorized third doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s coronavirus vaccines for some people with weakened immune systems. The authorization was announced late on Thursday, August 12th and applies to people who received solid organ transplants and others with similarly compromised immune systems. The highly anticipated move intended to shield some of the most vulnerable Americans from the highly contagious delta variant. Dr. Janet Woodcock, the acting FDA commissioner, said “After a thorough review of the available data, the FDA determined that this small, vulnerable group may benefit from a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Vaccines.”
The FDA authorization comes a day before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent advisory committee is set to consider and vote whether to recommend the move. If they issue a recommendation and it is approved by the CDC, third shots could begin immediately. BNMG will continue to monitor the situation and will provide details as we receive them.
Effective 06/08/21: CountyNewsCenter.com
After registering a case rate of less than two COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks, the San Diego County will move to the Yellow Tier of the state’s reopening framework beginning Wednesday, June 9.
Effective 05/28/21: CountyNewsCenter.com
While the number of local COVID-19 cases has significantly decreased in recent weeks, not enough San Diegans have been vaccinated for the region to achieve herd immunity. While the number of local COVID-19 cases has significantly decreased in recent weeks, not enough San Diegans have been vaccinated for the region to achieve herd immunity.
Effective 05/17/21: CountyNewsCenter.com
The County of San Diego will follow state guidance regarding facial coverings until the expected full reopening of the California economy on June 15. The California Department of Public Health announced today that facial coverings will continue to be required in most indoor settings for another four weeks. This will allow Californians, especially children 12 and older who only last week became eligible for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, to get vaccinated.
Effective 05/14/21: CountyNewsCenter.com
Starting Saturday, May 15th, youths ages 12-17 who want to get a COVID-19 vaccination in San Diego County without a parent present will have to provide a signed form to show their parent or legal guardian has given permission.
Effective 05/13/21: CountyNewsCenter.com
San Diegans ages 12-15 are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The California Department of Public Health last night approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in that age group and the County’s vaccine sites are prepared to start vaccinating children in this new age group today.
Effective 05/07/21: CountyNewsCenter.com
The County of San Diego is making it easier for businesses and community organizations to host mobile vaccination events at their place of business. Beginning today, businesses can fill out an online request for a mobile vaccination team to come to their worksite.
Effective 05/06/21: CountyNewsCenter.com
Continuing to look to make it as easy as possible for people to get COVID-19 vaccinations, the County of San Diego Thursday started night hours at three vaccination sites, extended appointment windows for all sites and announced it plans to set up more pop-up, drop-in clinics.
Effective 05/04/21:: CountyNewsCenter.com
Starting, Thursday, May 6th three County COVID-19 vaccination sites in North, East and South County will start offering evening hours for San Diegans. The three clinics will be administering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to people with and without appointments. People are welcome to drop-in whether for a first dose or a second dose that is a follow up to a dose received elsewhere.