COVID-19 RESPONSE

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COVID-19: CHRISTUS St. Vincent Information and Updates April 28, 2021

CHRISTUS Health's Latest Response To Pause of Jannsen Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

After a thorough investigation, the CDC and FDA have concluded that the benefits of the Janssen Johnson& Johnson vaccine outweigh its known and potential risks,  Therefore, CHRISTUS Health will resume administration of the Jannsen Johnson & Johnson vaccine where we have it available.
 
While we know some may be nervous about receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to the recent pause in its administration in the U.S., it’s this very pause that reinforces our confidence in it. Although the incidence of blood clots was very rare (six out of 6.8 million people), we fully support a cautious approach to ensuring the vaccinations we are administering to our neighbors and friends each and every day are fully safe and effective and that we share any known, albeit rare, risks.  In addition, we have changed our treatment protocols for women up to age 50 who have possible symptoms of a blood clot disease (sudden onset severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath) within 3 weeks after vaccination.
 
We continue to advise the public to take advantage of the vaccinations available soonest to them, regardless of brand, as the ongoing risk of COVID-19 infections remains, and is significantly higher than these rare occurrences reported as a result of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
 
However, we have also updated our vaccine scheduling website to make it easier for anyone making a vaccination appointment to see which brand each of our locations will be administering and choose accordingly. Starting April 26, when anyone makes a COVID-19 vaccination appointment using our Christy bot (by clicking on the yellow box after visiting  vaccinate.christushealth.org), they will be able to view the vaccine brand available at that location before finalizing their appointment. If multiple brands are available at the same location, they can choose between brands when they make their appointment.
 
We continue to encourage all of our neighbors and friends to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, as this is the fastest route to ending this deadly pandemic and returning to our normal activities safely. We at CHRISTUS are so thankful for the opportunity to serve our communities by providing lifesaving vaccinations and safe care every day of the year. Thank you for your trust in us.

Could I have COVID-19?

  • If you have fever, cough and/or shortness of breath
  • OR At least two of the following symptoms: chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell
  • OR Have been in contact with a person known to have COVID-19

Please call CHRISTUS St. Vincent Care Coordination at 505-913-4256

For all other Coronavrius COVID-19 questions, please call 505-913-4256


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Staying healthy is always a priority:

At CHRISTUS St. Vincent, we firmly believe that even in unprecedented times such as these, your health and wellness should always be a priority.

We are experiencing an increasing number of patients arriving to the hospital with more serious conditions. We are learning that this is a result of many choosing to postpone immediate medical care needs so they can honor efforts to isolate and shelter in place. While the efforts to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 are important and need to continue, it is equally important that our community seek care if their health condition worsens or becomes concerning.

No matter the circumstances, our providers are always prepared to handle medical emergencies, perform life-saving procedures, deliver cancer treatment and provide labor and delivery services in a COVID-free and safe care setting.

 

A Safe Hospital

CHRISTUS St. Vincent remains, by far, the safest place to receive medical care and attention during this COVID-19 pandemic. Our entire medical and support staff take every precaution to stop the spread of COVID-19, through proper use of personal protective equipment, diligent hand washing, personal hygiene, and social distancing when necessary.

 

Care and Treatment of COVID-19 Patients

All patients who present at the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms are treated in an isolated area situated away from the general patient population to ensure the safety of all patients and providers. And, our COVID-19 patients are cared for by a team specially trained to care ONLY FOR this vulnerable population, thereby reducing the risk of exposure to other patients or providers.

 

Seek Care When It Is Needed

During this pandemic, people still have heart attacks, strokes and stomach problems. And, diabetes needs to be managed, wounds still need to be treated, and joint pains still needs to be examined. These and other health-related issues cannot and should not go untreated as they can adversely affect a person’s health on a short- and long-term basis and can ultimately be life-threatening.

If you have healthcare concerns and find yourself waiting longer to seek care as a result of your efforts to isolate by sheltering in place, please contact your provider to schedule a virtual visit from the convenience of your home. To schedule an appointment call (505) 913-3627.

Here is a list of conditions that should NEVER be ignored and should be treated urgently:

 

Head to the Emergency Department:
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Broken Bone
  • Confusion, Dizziness or Weakness
  • Diarrhea or Abdominal Pain
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • High Fever
  • Open wounds that haven’t healed
  • Fainting
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Persistent and worsening pain
  • Persistent Vomiting
  • Seizure
  • Severe Burns
  • Uncontrollable Bleeding
  • Unusually Severe Headache

 

Call 911:

  • Electric Shock
  • Head Injury Accompanied by Confusion
  • Neck or Spine Injury
  • Seizures that Last Between 3-5 Minutes
  • Severe Chest Pain
  • Stopped Breathing
  • Stroke Symptoms, Including Confusion, Facial Drooping, and Difficulty Moving

 

*Read Washington Post article:
 Patients with heart attacks, strokes and even appendicitis vanish from hospitals >

*Read Wall Street Journal article:
 The Hidden Toll of Untreated Illnesses >

 

CHRISTUS St. Vincent remains committed to providing the care and services that are needed at all times.

Please do not hesitate to seek medical care if you need it.

With gratitude,
Lillian Montoya
President & CEO
CHRISTUS St. Vincent


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