(COVID-19) coronavirus

Update 5/10/21

COVID-19 vaccine 1st doses are now being offered on a walk-in basis, while supplies last, during normal business hours at our Mapleton, Spanish Fork and Santaquin Family Medicine offices. There is no need to schedule in advance.

Important information about your appointment
When you come for your vaccine appointment please remember the following:

  • We have the Moderna vaccine, which is approved for individuals age 18+. Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for ages 12-17. To find vaccine locations that offer Pfizer vaccine please visit https://www.vaccines.gov/search/.
  • Masks are required at all times
  • Please wear a shirt conducive to receiving a vaccine in your upper arm
  • Please bring:
  • Completed COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form for each person in your party for both 1st and 2nd dose
  • Photo Identification
  • Insurance card
  • You will need to wait at least 15 minutes after your vaccine is given before leaving
  • 2nd dose appointments – Please remember to bring your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, which you were given at your 1st dose

Update 3/18/21

Vaccinations For COVID-19 Available At Canyon View

Vaccine available
We are offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Eligibility
On March 24th ALL Utahns, age 16 and older, will be eligible to get a COVID vaccine. However, only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for 16 and 17 year olds. The Moderna vaccine, which we have, is for people 18 and older. If you are looking for vaccine for 16 or 17 year olds please check https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Health/Pfizer_Providers_for_16-17_YO.pdf for locations.

Locations
We are providing COVID vaccines at our Mapleton, Spanish Fork and Santaquin locations.

Other vaccination locations can be found at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution.

Cost
The federal government is providing the vaccine to all Americans free of charge, paid for by our tax dollars. Canyon View Medical Group will bill your health insurance for an administration fee. If you do not have insurance then the federal government will cover the administration fee. There will not be any out-of-pocket patient expense for receiving your vaccine.

Appointment scheduling
Vaccinations will be given by appointment. We are only receiving 1,000 doses per week, so we have a very limited supply. We will open up additional availability each week as we receive more vaccine, so check back often for new appointments to become available.

Once you have received your 1st dose at Canyon View, you will then see an option in the scheduling tool to make an appointment for your 2nd dose. If you are having any difficulties using our online scheduling tool, feel free to call one of our offices to speak with a receptionist. Contact information can be found in the links above for each respective office.

After you receive your 1st dose
Please sign up for the CDC’s VSafe program at https://vsafe.cdc.gov/ or downloading the app on your smartphone. This will provide you with a reminder of when you need to schedule your 2nd dose and will allow you to report any adverse effects you might experience from the vaccine. These effects are usually very minor, but by reporting this information we can get better data on the frequency and severity of any side effects.
v-safe after vaccination health checker

Your 2nd dose will need to be given at least 28 days after your 1st dose. Ideally, it is best to get your second dose within no more than 42 days. Click on the link above to schedule your 2nd dose.

Update 3/16/21

Truth vs Myth: The COVID-19 Vaccine

For those of you who are fans of the NBA and follow the Utah Jazz, you may realize that a watershed moment occurred on March 11, 2020. Rudy Gobert, All-Star Center for the Jazz, tested positive for COVID-19. He was the first athlete in a major professional sporting league to test positive. Leading to the cancelation of the game they were to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder that night. A cascade of cancelations followed. Games, schools, restaurants, and workplaces closed as the reality of the pandemic swept across the country. Gobert’s positive test marked the day that changed America. 

A year has passed. Some things in life have returned to a level of normalcy, but others are vastly different. We have all had limitations and restrictions on us that have affected work, school, family relationships, and other social interactions. There have been lives lost to COVID. Others changed forever. We are all asking; when will we get back to normal? I don’t have a firm answer for that one. As disappointing as that may sound, there is hope that we can eventually return to something that more closely resembles normal.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is likely the best chance we have to push back the tide of the current pandemic. The vaccine has already led to a dramatic decrease in severe illness from COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities and hospitalization rates, but we have a lot of work yet to do. Vaccines against COVID-19 are being distributed in communities across the globe. More and more people are becoming eligible, beginning with the most vulnerable.

I have encountered many questions about those considering the vaccine for themselves or loved ones. Many have questions about safety and efficacy. The following are a few of the more common questions, answered with the most up-to-date information I could find available.

Question 1: Is the vaccine effective?

  • The current data shows that the vaccines against COVID-19 are very effective. Most studies have shown rates of effectiveness to be 70-90+ percent. These rates are better than those of many other vaccines that we currently use against other infectious diseases. Overall effectiveness and duration of protection continue to be studied, but initial results are very encouraging.

Question 2: Will the vaccine affect fertility or pregnancy?

  • There is no evidence or theory to suggest that the vaccine harms female or male fertility. Fertility experts have repeatedly recommended vaccination.
  • The vaccines do not enter the nucleus of the cell. The cell is where genetic material is stored. So the vaccine cannot cause genetic changes.
  • The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has recommended vaccination against COVID and states that the COVID vaccine not be withheld from pregnant patients. Indeed, studies in pregnancy have not been done. If you are currently pregnant or planning pregnancy, it is reasonable to discuss getting vaccinated with your provider.
  • There is a growing body of evidence that there are significant risks of having infection with the COVID-19 virus during pregnancy. Vaccination can help prevent this.

Question 3: Is the vaccine safe? Was the vaccine approved too quickly?

  • Vaccines against COVID-19 went through similar clinical trials as other vaccines to receive approval by the FDA and similar governing bodies in other nations.
  • The FDA has approved COVID-19 vaccines under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The FDA only uses the EUA for COVID vaccines if there is substantial evidence of safety and effectiveness. These vaccines are still safe and effective even though they became available rather quickly.

Question 4: Can I get COVID from the vaccine?

  • No. The vaccines do not contain the COVID virus. You cannot get infected with COVID-19 from the vaccination.

Question 5: Why is the reaction to the vaccine so significant for some people?

  • Vaccinations are intended to create an immune response. This response can include symptoms of fatigue, low-grade fever, muscle aches, etc. The most common reaction is local tissue reaction at the injection site. If you experience these symptoms following vaccination, Tylenol and/or ibuprofen can be used. Getting a skin infection at the injection site is rare.
  • COVID-19 Vaccines are anticipated to cause these symptoms. The severity of the post immunizations symptoms is varied. These symptoms are evidence that the vaccine is doing what is intended. Once vaccinated, if the body encounters the COVID-19 virus, it will quickly respond to fight it off.
  • Allergic reactions to vaccines can occur, including the COVID-19 vaccine, but severe reactions are infrequent. The latest data indicates that severe allergic reactions to the vaccine are about 10 cases per 1 million vaccines administered. You will be asked about previous reactions to vaccines that may indicate risk for an allergic response to COVID-19 vaccination.

Question 6: When will we get to stop wearing masks and avoiding social gatherings?

  • I don’t have an answer for this one. The vaccine is thought to be the best hope for our community and people worldwide to return to activities safely. The rate at which vaccination is distributed will likely influence the time frame of return. The CDC recently published guidelines for what fully vaccinated people may do. You can read this at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.
  • The Utah legislature recently passed legislation ending the state-wide mask mandate on April 10, 2021. However, this does not mean it becomes a free-for-all on April 10. There will continue to be some settings (gatherings larger than 50 people, K-12 schools, local areas with county-specific mandates) where masks may continue to be required.
  • Even then, life may look slightly different than it has in the past.

Question 7: I had COVID. Should I still get the vaccine?

  • Yes. If you have recovered from a COVID-19 infection, you should still receive the vaccine. The CDC recommends you wait until 90 days from when you were infected before getting vaccinated. However, the vaccine’s protection is still thought to be helpful enough to warrant vaccination among those infected with the virus.

Question 8: Which of the available vaccines should I get?

  • I would recommend that you receive the vaccine that is made available to you. There are currently three vaccines approved for use in the United States. Each is considered effective and safe.

This list is certainly not a comprehensive list of questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. It intended to answer some of the more common concerns that I have heard from my patients. If you have other concerns or further questions, I encourage you to reach out to your health care provider. We are here to provide answers and services for your healthcare needs. What to do with COVID vaccination is part of what we hope to offer for our patients and communities.

Rudy Gobert is known for his outstanding defense. Vaccination against COVID-19 is here and gives us the most promising protection against COVID-19 in our attempts to escape the current pandemic. Canyon View Medical Group is pleased to be able to offer vaccination to the communities we serve. For more information and to schedule your vaccine appointment online, click HERE.

Update 2/24/21

Vaccinations For COVID-19 Begin At Canyon View

We are excited to announce that we have begun providing COVID-19 vaccines at our clinics. Eligibility requirements are becoming broader and broader over time. When it becomes your turn, based upon eligibility requirements, we would be happy to provide you with a vaccine.

If you need to be tested for COVID-19 we also provide this service.

Update 2/23/21

The Utah Department of Health issued a new public health order this week (https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Health/UPHO_2021-5_Updated_Statewide_COVID-19_Restrictions.pdf). This order continues to the statewide mask mandate for the time being, but it also provides guidance on when we can finally stop wearing masks. We are not there yet and we’ve still got a little ways to go, but there is at least light at the end of the tunnel.

The measurements, as described in this public health order, to which we aspire so we can discontinue mask wearing are as follows:

  1. The county must be a Low Transmission Area. This is defined by if at least two of the following conditions are met:
  1. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is less than 5.1%.
  2. The county’s 14-day case rate is less than 101 per 100,000 people.
  3. The statewide seven-day average intensive care unit bed utilization is less than 69% and the statewide seven-day average COVID-19 ICU utilization rate is less than 6%.
  1. It has been eight weeks after the date on which the Utah Department of Health provides notice that 1,633,000 prime doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been allocated to the state.

Here is where we are currently at in regards to each of these metrics. Please note, even when we meet all of the #s requirements, we would still have to wait 8 more weeks beyond that to meet requirement # 2 listed above. So the soonest we can hope to discontinue mask wearing, based upon these guidelines, will be May or June.

Source for all statistics/graphics below: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts/

Seven-day average positivity rate
Goal: Less than 5.1%
As of 2/17/2021: 8.07%

14-day case rate per 100,000 people
Goal: Less than 101
As of 2/24/2021: 415.8

Statewide seven-day average intensive care unit bed utilization
Goal: less than 69%
As of 2/23/2021: 74%
See graphic below for trend

Statewide seven-day average COVID-19 ICU utilization rate
Goal: less than 6%
As of 2/23/2021: 18%

# of COVID vaccine doses received by state
Goal: 1,633,000
As of 2/24/2021: 760,410

Update 1/15/21

COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Utahns ages 70+ at the Utah Department of Health

COVID has been a difficult pandemic for us all. We know you, as older adults, have been especially affected as you are at highest risk of significant complications and death from COVID. We are excited to start having access to a vaccine to protect our community against this illness. When the vaccine was first made available we, as healthcare workers, were offered the first opportunity to get immunized. Our providers and staff were very excited about this opportunity and most of us have received our first dose now. We are excited for our patients to start getting access to the vaccine as well.

Beginning on Monday, January 18th COVID vaccine will be available for those ages 70+ at our local health department. Canyon View Medical Group does not have any vaccine.

We have done everything we can to get this vaccine to offer to our patients at our clinics, but for the time being the state has decided to manage this process themselves through the health departments. When the state does decide to distribute vaccine to clinics we will let our patients know. In the meantime we encourage everyone to contact your local health department and get vaccinated.

There has been a lot of information and discussion about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID vaccines. We want you to know as your healthcare providers that we feel these vaccines are safe and effective. Most of us have been vaccinated ourselves. We encourage you to get vaccinated. The state has prepared a good website with lots of information about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. We encourage you to check out this reliable information at https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-information/.

To get your vaccine, please contact the health department. You must schedule your appointment ahead of time. Do not just show up without an appointment, as each local health department may have a different process for registration. All local health departments are experiencing a high volume of calls and website traffic as demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is high. Please understand they can only distribute as many vaccines as they receive each week, and that appointments are filling up quickly. Everyone who wants the vaccine will get it over time.

Utah County Health Departmenthttps://health.utahcounty.gov/2020/12/20/covid-19-vaccine/

Central Utah Public Health Departmenthttp://centralutahpublichealth.org/
Juab County: 435-623-0696
Sanpete County: 435-462-2449 or 435-835-2231
Millard County: 435-743-5723 or 435-864-3612
Piute County: 435-577-2521
Wayne County: 435-836-1317
Sevier County: 435-896-5451

Other Health Departmentshttps://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccine-distribution/#lhd

This vaccine is given in a 2 dose series. When you get your first dose you will be told which vaccine you received and when you need to get your second dose. Make sure you get this second dose as well. The full effectiveness of the vaccine is only achieved with 2 doses.

Again, we strongly encourage you to get this vaccine. We know it will literally be a lifesaver for our patients who are 70 and older as they are the most at risk for significant complications and death from this terrible illness.