Updated May 1, 2021
As we continue to vaccinate our community and country, we are finding this process taking time. But we are making progress! While we have not returned fully to “business as usual”, we are preparing for that transition we hope to take place soon! Our entire SHC team has received the vaccine and our clinic, along with all SHC properties, continues to keep safety protocols in place (see below). We are optimistic, but we are also being very cautious. Please do the same!
While our community and country are getting vaccinated, it is important to understand some very important points from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (April 28, 2021). We have highlighted a few, but please read the entire page for all of the information and data:
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19.
Although COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting sick, scientists are still learning how well vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to others, even if you do not have symptoms. Early data show the vaccines do help keep people with no symptoms from spreading COVID-19, but we are learning more as more people get vaccinated.
We’re also still learning how long COVID-19 vaccines protect people.
For these reasons, people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should keep taking precautions in public places while in company with those who may not be vaccinated, until we know more, like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often.
A city health order issued on April 14, 2021 has been extended until May 12, 2021, 11:59pm. The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services continues to included face mask and social distancing requirements for all of Boone County, not just within the city limits of Columbia. Links to the County and City Health Orders and FAQ: City of Columbia Boone County FAQ
Policies for in-person visits to SHC Offices and Clinic:
- All visitors require an appointment to enter our building (both Suites 100 and 250).
- All visits for Clinic and Prevention services (Suite 100) require an appointment. No walk-in services available at this time.
- All patients for the Clinic and Prevention services require a phone screening before an appointment will be set. New patients accepted. Call the Clinic to setup your appointment: (573) 514-7312.
- All patients with a scheduled appointment for Clinic or Prevention services will be required to wear a face covering while in the building. Limited supplies are available for patients while at our offices.
- Only patients are allowed in the building. Companions are asked to wait outside or in their cars. Exceptions: One parent or guardian with their minor child is allowed, but will also have to comply with safety measures in place. One support person is allowed if patient requires assistance for mobility, communication, etc.
- The administrative and housing offices (Suite 250) continue to be closed to the public. Appointments available by calling: (573) 875-8687.
To minimize your risk of transmitting or contracting COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with frequency. Before and after visiting the restroom, and after touching anything potentially contaminated with the virus.
- Wear a face mask or covering at all times when in public, interacting with those outside of your household, and when interacting with those in passing (i.e. shopping, visiting, going to appointments, etc.).
- Practice Social Distancing at all times. Social Distancing is keeping at least 6 feet between you and others at all times possible.
- Do not cough or sneeze into hands. Use a tissue, then discard into a trash receptacle – never put on a table or other area – immediately, and wash hands.
- Do not touch your face. If you have an itch, use a tissue then discard after use.
- If you have new symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting) – STAY HOME and call your doctor!