Evergreen Health’s top priority is the health and well-being of its patients. As guidance for COVID-19 ease throughout New York State, we will continue to take precautions and ensure the health and safety of our patients, employees, visitors and the community at large.
On May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals when indoors and outdoors. At Evergreen, we are continuing to require face coverings for patients, employees and visitors. Please respect our commitment to safety as we continue to consider thoughtful and strategic ways to introduce our new normal.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Evergreen Health is part of the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine program and we are currently receiving a limited a supply of vaccines on a rotating basis.
As a patient of Evergreen, here’s what you should do if you’re interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine:
- Use the CDC Vaccine finder by visiting www.vaccines.gov, texting your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829), or calling 1-800-232-0233. You can search by location or vaccine manufacturer, and free Uber/Lyft rides are available for your appointment.
- Sign up for clinics run by the Erie County Department of Health via www.erie.gov/vax.
- If you want to get a vaccine at your home, you can call the Erie County Department of Health at 716-858-2929 to schedule a “Vax Visit.”
Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine:
- A person could experience short-term mild or moderate vaccine reactions. The most common in the arm are pain, swelling and redness. The most common throughout the rest of the body are chills, tiredness and headache. They usually start within a day or two of getting the vaccine but should go away in a few days.
- There is no increased risk associated with getting the vaccine for people living with HIV or other immune compromising conditions. As always, please talk to your provider if you have questions.
- The vaccine is safe for most people who have allergies to nuts, shellfish, and pollen. We will observe everyone for 15 minutes after their shot. If you have had a severe allergic reaction in the past, we will observe you for 30 minutes and are prepared to treat you if needed. The vaccine does not contain egg.
- If you’ve had COVID-19 it is recommended that you get the vaccine because we do not yet know how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again.
We will keep you updated on all vaccine related information through the website, patient portal, and on our social media channels (Facebook & Instagram). Please call us at 716-847-2441 if you have additional questions.
What is COVID-19
2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus is a virus that causes a disease called COVID-19 and can lead to flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Coronavirus is now considered a global pandemic according to the World Health Organization.
How to Prevent Community Spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, and community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
- Social distancing – A public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.”
- Wash your hands – Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Cover your cough – If you have a cough use appropriate wellness etiquette; cover your cough by coughing into your sleeve. If you observe a patient coughing, assist them in getting a mask to wear.
- Sanitize – Continue to use hand sanitizer as available. Sanitize your work stations and personal electronics regularly with disinfectant wipes.