Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Update: 3/29

Virginia has now administered around 3.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and is currently giving around 50,000 shots per day. Approximately one in four people in the state have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Commonwealth continues to make strides as more supply comes to Virginia. The state vaccine coordinator, Dr. Danny Avula said by this week we can expect to see 100,000+ Johnson & Johnson vaccines in addition to 200,000 first doses of Pfizer and Moderna.

During a press conference last week, the governor announced that the state can safely take steps to ease public health restrictions. Starting on April 1st, certain sports and entertainment venues will have increasing capacity limits as well as increasing the number of individuals permitted in a social gathering to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

Virginians who are vaccinated are still required to wear a mask to protect others and themselves from spreading the virus. Here are two ways you can make sure your mask provides the best protection. First, make sure your mask fits snugly around your face. Second, choose a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out. For more tips visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html

Once again, we appreciate your continued support and cooperation. For the latest TPMG updates related to the COVID-19, please see the table below. 

Thank you,
TPMG

Update: 3/13

Virginia has administered nearly 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccines as of Thursday. More residents are receiving vaccines, helping to drive down the state’s positivity rate to 5.7 percent. Virginia is averaging around 53,000 vaccines daily and expects that number to increase in the coming weeks. Next week, large-scale community vaccine clinics will be set up at a handful of locations with the assistance of FEMA. This will allow for several hundred to several thousand people to be vaccinated in a day. The state is also working on vaccination equitably and announced the first mass vaccination clinics would be held in Danville, Petersburg, and Portsmouth.

Target has joined vaccination efforts with CVS Pharmacy and will bring coronavirus vaccines to more than 600 stores across the country, including locations in Virginia.

President Joe Biden announced Thursday evening that he asks states to open COVID-19 vaccines to every adult by May 1, 2021. This is hopeful news for Americans who have been eager to get the vaccine and a significant step in the country’s recovery.

Vaccine supplies will continue to grow as we approach spring. Dr. Danny Avula said the state is expected to receive 188,000 first doses and around 160,000-second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine next week. By March 29, the state will receive approximately 100,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in addition to supplies from the other two manufacturers. He hopes these efforts will help meet the demand of the 1b eligibility phase by April.

If you are still waiting for the vaccine, the VDH encourages residents to verify their information and answer all of the questions (some are new) by visiting www.vaccinate.virginia.gov and selecting the red box and verify/update your record. Next, you will want to type in your reference code if you have pre-registered after the migration to the new system. If you pre-registered with your local health district, search by email or name. For individuals without a computer or access to the internet, you can call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA.ase of distribution.

For continued TPMG updates related to the COVID-19 vaccine, please see the table below.

TPMG

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Update: 3/5

Virginia has administered over 2 million COVID-19 vaccines as the state works to accelerate the distribution rollout. According to the Virginia Department of Health, the average daily case levels are the lowest they’ve been since November. Virginia reported 1,300 cases on Thursday which is much lower than the 6,000 cases per day we were averaging back in January.

 Residents can also expect an influx of vaccines in the coming months with the addition of the third available COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. Virginia is expected to receive 69,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week. This is In addition to the 180,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and 52,000 doses allocated to pharmacies through the Federal Pharmacy Program. Dr. Danny Avula, the state’s vaccine coordinator, said the doses would be used at mass vaccination events across the state starting this Friday and lasting until Monday or Tuesday. The state can place its next order on March 15, when production from Johnson & Johnson will increase. State officials said supplies are expected to reach 100,000 doses a week by April. We also learned that pharmacies will now sync up with the centralized state system, which focuses on vaccinating seniors 65 years of age and older. Residents will no longer have to pre-register on the individual pharmacy websites.

 We would also like to provide information about COVID-19 vaccine registration for our Spanish-speaking patients.

 ¿Necesitas vacunarte? Entérate cómo conseguir tu vacuna en Vaccinate.Virginia.gov o llamando al 1-877-829-4682 de 8am a 8pm. Traducción disponible en tu idioma. Usuarios de TTY pueden marcar al 7-1-1. Para registrarse en línea, visite: https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister/

 To view TPMG COVID-19 updates, please visit https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/coronavirus-covid-19/.

 

TPMG

 

Update: 3/1

Over the weekend, we learned new details regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has approved the emergency use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, making it the third COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Unlike the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single shot rather than a series of two. The FDA said the vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious illness, hospitalizations, and death. According to an international clinical study of 40,000 people, the vaccine was 66 percent effective overall in preventing moderate to severe COVID-19 disease. For severe or critical cases, the effectiveness was 85 percent, and there have been no hospitalizations or deaths reported. The study spanned three continents, including South Africa, where the variants are spreading. Dr. Anthony Fauci said trial data for the three vaccines shouldn’t be compared since they weren’t tested at the same time. He is urging Americans to take the vaccine that is available to them, regardless of the manufacturer. Johnson & Johnson is currently conducting a 30,000-patient trial aimed at testing a two-dose regimen to compare effectiveness.

Johnson & Johnson has committed to delivering 20 million doses to the federal government by the end of March, with 4 million doses expected to be shipped out this week. The Biden administration is not altering its distribution plans; White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said, “We’re distributing the J&J vaccine as we do the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine.” Health officials are looking to use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in mobile vaccination clinics, homeless shelters, and sailors spending months on fishing vessels. The focus is on communities where it’s hard for individuals to return after three to four weeks for the second dose.

We will keep you informed as we learn more about the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine. In the meantime, we encourage all Virginia residents to sign-up on the state’s centralized system.

Centralized Vaccination System: https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister/
Hotline: (877) 829-4682 or 877-VAX-IN-VA

To view our latest COVID-19 updates, please see the table below.

Thank you,

TPMG

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Update – 2/26

 
With an estimated 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are slowly making progress. The governor said he is pleased with the performance of the new centralized state registration system. Since last week’s launch, nearly half a million Virginians pre-registered through the online portal; this is also in addition to the 1.2 million Virginians who had already pre-registered through their local health department. Once again, if you pre-registered through your local health system before the state registration system, you can check your status at vaccinate.virginia.gov​ or call 877-VAX-IN-VA. 
 
We have more details about the additional pharmacies who have come onboard to help vaccination efforts. This includes Walgreens, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger, as well as a network of independent community pharmacies who will get a portion of the additional 26,000 weekly doses. The pharmacy locations that will be given vaccines will be decided upon by the retailer in consultation with the VDH based on high-risk and vulnerable communities. Walmart is one store that will be taking a different approach and will not be vaccinating in-stores but rather out in the community. Walmart will be holding off-site mass vaccination clinics, allowing them to choose a different location each week based on need. All of the pharmacies involved will focus on vaccinating those 65 years of age and older. Health officials are largely working with these pharmacies to prioritize appointments for people who have already pre-registered through the state’s centralized system. The governor said they are working through technical barriers to linking the state’s centralized database with the pharmacies involved.  
 
Below are the pharmacies that currently have pre-registration open.
 
 
We also have exciting news to share with our patients; this past week, we have received 400 additional vaccines. As vaccine supply remains limited, people most at risk for infection and individuals with chronic medical conditions will be prioritized. The selection will be by CDC guidelines. As we continue working with the VDH and our local health departments to secure more vaccines, we encourage you to sign-up at multiple places, which are provided above.
 
For the latest TPMG updates related to the COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/coronavirus-covid-19/
 
Thank you,
TPMG

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2/24 Update: ​

 This week we find out more information on the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The federal government announced they’re doubling the number of doses given weekly from 26,000 doses to 52,000 doses. This will allow Virginians access to the COVID-19 vaccine at additional retailers like Walgreens, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Kroger, and a few independent pharmacies like Lawrence Pharmacy in Chesapeake. CVS will continue to administer their allocated 26,000 doses each week. Simultaneously, the other 26,000 doses will be distributed to pharmacies that have agreed to participate. Virginia’s vaccine coordinator, Dr. Danny Avula, stated on Friday that we still don’t know how those additional doses will be allocated among the stores and who will be eligible. This is all part of a large federal increase, as the Biden administration announced last week, doubling the doses from 1 million to 2 million to federal pharmacy partners. The distribution is expected to happen Thursday, February 25, but may have expected delays from winter weather across the country. 
 
Walgreens announced last Friday they expect to open registration for appointments this week. As part of their vaccine equity efforts, Walgreens will be hosting vaccination clinics for underserved communities in addition to vaccinations in store. This will include distributing nearly 50 percent of the doses to Walgreens stores in Medical Underserved Areas (MUAs) and areas with high social vulnerability index scores. 
 
We will continue to keep you informed as more information comes available regarding the federal retail pharmacy program. For more details, you can visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/retail-pharmacy-program/participating-pharmacies.html
 
Stay informed with TPMG updates related to the COVID-19 vaccine at https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/coronavirus-covid-19/
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TPMG​

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2/22 Update

As we continue to advocate on behalf of our patients for additional vaccines, our TPMG physicians have expressed their concerns to state officials and leadership:

A letter from 3,400 members of the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (VAFP) signed by Dr. Jerome Provenzano, MD, a family practice physician at TPMG, urging the state to collaborate with community-based family medicine physicians and their practices to improve and accelerate COVID-19 vaccination efforts across Virginia. The VAFP leadership stated we’re missing a key component to ensuring equitable access to vaccines, especially in rural and underserved communities, where family physicians have established patient relationships. The VAFP leadership believes the urgency to identify and vaccinate our most vulnerable citizens is a much higher priority than the clerical processes involved, especially during this public health emergency. The letter urged Virginia to consider partnering with primary care physicians as part of a successful vaccine distribution strategy.

Read the entire letter here:

VAFP Letter

TPMG

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Update: 2/18

For those of you who may have missed Governor Ralph Northam’s press conference, here’s a short recap of what was discussed yesterday regarding the COVID-19 vaccine:

A new vaccination hotline is in place for individuals who cannot access the internet, need help in another language, or prefer to pre-register by phone. The phone number is (877) 829-4682 or 877-VAX-IN-VA. Residents can call between the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week. He stated the state is averaging around 150 sign-ups per minute and at peak hours, around 300 sign-ups per minute. More than 240,000 people had signed up on the new centralized website to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine since the site launched on Tuesday. Additionally, Northam noted 1.6 million registration records are being migrated over to the new system from local health departments.

Governor Northam believes this system will be a tremendous step forward in the vaccination process. In the last several weeks, there has been an increase from 105,000 doses per week to 130,000 doses per week. He expects this number to grow as the Biden administration announced Tuesday, they are increasing allocations to the states.

The governor did talk about COVID-19 scams, noting that the COVID-19 vaccine is free. When pre-registering, you will be asked to provide basic information to determine eligibility; you will not be asked for your social security number or immigration status. Anyone who pre-registers will receive confirmation and a reference code that can be used to verify that you are still on the waitlist.

Centralized Vaccination System: https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister/
Hotline: (877) 829-4682 or 877-VAX-IN-VA

These implementations are part of the infrastructure needed to reach the state’s goal of giving 50,000 doses a day. For the latest TPMG updates related to the COVID-19 vaccine, please see the table below.

TPMG​

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Update: 2/17

The Virginia Department of Health continues to encourage residents to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine through their new centralized website. We understand that not all patients have access to a computer. For those who are uncomfortable or unable to pre-register online, VDH launched a hotline to assist residents. The number is (877) 829-4682.

We would also like to remind you to be patient while access this new system, as the state expects millions of visits to the site this week. Please understand that data migration to the new centralized system will be ongoing throughout the week. We advise you to continue to check back later in the week if your name does not appear in the system.

Once again, this new system allows you to register online; however, it does not schedule appointments. VDH will contact you directly through your preferred method of communication once you’re eligible for an appointment.
https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/preregister/

We will continue to update you with more details as we receive them. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. For the latest TPMG updates related to the COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/coronavirus-covid-19/

TPMG​

2/16 Update

To unify the process of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine, the Commonwealth of Virginia launched a statewide pre-registration system today. On Friday, the Virginia Department of Health directed all local districts to close pre-registration forms and replace them with a link to the new statewide system starting February 16.

Please note: After your eligibility is established, the system will send you to your local health department website. We found that some of these sites haven’t been updated with the state-wide link. Please continue to check back to complete your registration.

If you pre-registered before today, you will maintain your current status in the queue and will be able to confirm your registration in the new system.

This system will allow you to register online; it does not schedule appointments. VDH will contact you through your preferred method of communication when you’re eligible for an appointment.

In conjunction with the new statewide system, the VDH will launch a dashboard that will show vaccines distributed and administered by providers, including health departments. Before the dashboard, there has been no way to track vaccine administration efficiency through health departments, pharmacies, and area hospitals. Currently, that data lies with health department officials, which only some are willing to share. We hope this new statewide system will allow for greater access and transparency among residents as we continue to vaccinate Virginia.

We would also like to remind you to visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/ as a helpful resource to utilize for information related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

We will be updating you with more details throughout the week. To view our latest COVID-19 updates, please visit https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/coronavirus-covid-19/.

TPMG

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2/15 Update

Over the weekend, we learned new details from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regarding the COVID-19 vaccine registration. To unify the process of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine, the Commonwealth of Virginia is launching a statewide pre-registration system. On Friday, February 12, the VDH directed all local districts to close pre-registration forms and replace them with a link to the new statewide system starting Tuesday, February 16. For those of you who have already pre-registered, the VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response​ page states that all existing waiting lists will be imported into the new system. Pre-registered individuals will maintain their current status in the queue and will be able to search for their names in the new system beginning Tuesday at 8 am.

We would also like to remind you to visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/ for the latest vaccine updates throughout the state of Virginia. Residents can utilize this resource center to determine which phase their county is in, eligibility requirements, and vaccine information to help you better prepare.

Once again, thank you for your continued support and cooperation. We will be updating you with more details throughout the week. To view our latest COVID-19 updates, please visit mytpmg.com/ https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Thank you,

TPMG

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We would like to address the numerous comments we have received surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.

As of today, 2/12/21, we have not received 600 doses of vaccine. We have received 300 doses.

We were told by the Health Department that we will receive another 300 doses of the vaccine, but this shipment has yet to arrive. The 200 doses that the health department ordered for TPMG weeks ago has also not arrived.

The statement claiming all TPMG “has to do is order the vaccine and we will receive it” is not true. The system, though originally envisioned to work in that fashion, is not in place. The only way TPMG can receive the vaccine, as of now, is by the health department ordering it for us, based on guidelines they have from the Virginia Department of Health and the availability of vaccine.

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Update: 2/12

We understand if you have felt frustrated or overwhelmed with the process of registering for a COVID-19 vaccine. As we have mentioned in previous statements, we have been in ongoing conversations with local politicians, regional health system leaders, and members of the state and local health departments to find answers about when TPMG can secure more vaccines for our patients. Despite the challenges we face, we continue to have a positive outlook and will advocate on your behalf. TPMG is fully equipped and ready to administer vaccines once we receive additional supplies. Please understand that all COVID-19 vaccines come through the CDC and the State of Virginia. We must rely on these two sources for any vaccine. Unfortunately, we are unable to order vaccines directly from the manufacturers. The state is severely restricting who is receiving vaccine supply. While we wait, we recommend all eligible patients sign-up at multiple places, as distribution from the Virginia Department of Health is limited.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has an online resource for community members to see what vaccine phase their health district is currently at and eligibility requirements.

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/phase-by-health-district/

Also, if you have questions regarding the vaccine or are unable to access the internet, you can call the VDH hotline 877-ASKVDH3 (877-275-8343).

COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Sites:

https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/2020-regional-news-releases/virginia-beach-health-district-will-expand-covid-19-vaccination-to-phase-1b-recipients/
https://www.norfolk.gov/5025/How-to-Sign-up-for-Vaccine
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/chesapeake/covid-vaccination-information/
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/portsmouth/covid-vaccine-information/
https://www.suffolkva.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=334
https://www.yorkcounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1883
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/peninsula/
https://www.cvs.com/

For patients in the Northern Neck who are part of the Three Rivers and Chickahominy health districts they have begun vaccinating “Phase 1b” eligible patients. To register for an appointment visit https://redcap.vdh.virginia.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=LMXRP7FMT4 or call the Northern Neck Resource Center at (888) 204-5357.

This week many Virginians were hopeful of securing an appointment with a CVS pharmacy; however, a lot were disappointed when appointment slots quickly filled up. CVS stated yesterday that although appointments have filled for the week, the pharmacy is expecting to get its next shipment next week and more appointments will become available. This will be ongoing as more shipments are received. As part of a federal program, CVS receives 26,000 doses weekly which are divided among the 36 stores offering the vaccine across the state. We understand your frustration and encourage you to continue to check back for more available appointments at CVS.com.

As we continue to learn more information about the distribution and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine we will provide you with the necessary resources and updates to make informed health care decisions. We will monitor developments over the weekend. To view our COVID-19 vaccine updates this week, please see the table below.

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February 11, 2021​

We continue to learn more information about the statewide coronavirus vaccine waiting list. After recent criticism over inconsistent vaccination efforts, Governor Ralph Northam stated they are working to make it easier for residents. The state is developing a centralized registration system that will include one website and hotline for residents. The center will field any questions people may have about vaccine registration, which phase they are in, and also help Virginians who don’t have access to internet to register.

For those already registered with their local health district you will not lose your spot or need to re-register on the new system. The state’s vaccine coordinator, Dr. Danny Avula, said they are working to supplement, not replace, local efforts. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will manage the new system and plans to launch the website within a few weeks; however, it may take several months before the state launches a universal way for residents to schedule their own appointments. The timing of this new tool will be dependent on vaccine supplies from the federal government. We encourage eligible residents to still register for the vaccine through their local health department.

As many of us wait to get vaccinated it’s important that we continue to “mask up”, as this is a critical step to prevent and stop the spread of COVID-19. Here are two ways you can make sure your mask provides the best protection. First, make sure your mask fits snugly around your face. Second, choose a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out. For more tips visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html

Once again, we would like to assure our patients we continue conversations with local politicians, health system leaders, and state and local health departments to obtain more vaccines for our patients. This will be an ongoing effort. For the latest TPMG updates on the COVID-19 vaccine visit: https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/coronavirus-covid-19/.

TPMG

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2/10 Update

As we continue to move through the vaccination phases, we would like to provide tips courtesy of the CDC on how to best prepare.

What to expect at your vaccine appointment?
– You will receive a vaccination card that tells you the date you received it, where you received it, and the type of COVID-19 vaccine you received.
– Continue to follow COVID-19 safety measures – social distancing, wearing a mask, and avoiding crowds.

After getting the vaccine
– Ask your provider about v-safe, a free, smartphone-based tool with personalized health check-ins and a reminder for your second dose. Learn more at www.cdc.gov/vsafe
– It’s important you continue to wear your mask. You could be spreading the infection even though you’re not sick because your vaccinated.

Common side-effects
– Pain and swelling at the site of injection.
– Fever, chills, tiredness, and headache throughout the body.
– Drink plenty of fluids and exercise your arm at the site of injection.

Scheduling your 2nd dose
– Pfizer vaccine (21 days) after the initial dose, Moderna vaccine (28 days) after the initial dose.

Is it safe?
– The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for two COVID-19 vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data and findings from large clinical trials.

For additional questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, watch tonight’s Vaccinate Virginia: Virtual town hall on WAVY TV from 7pm to 8pm. The panel will feature the state’s vaccine coordinator, Dr. Danny Avula, along with other local medical experts.

Do your part to protect yourself and others by practicing COVID-19 safety measures, and together let’s bring an end to the pandemic. For the latest TPMG updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please see the table below.

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Update: 2/9

With more than 1 million vaccines administered to Virginians and positivity rates dropping, we are slowly making progress throughout the state. The Virginia Department of Health has reported a total of 206,942 people fully vaccinated in Virginia. Furthermore, the state’s positivity rate has significantly decreased since the start of the year. On February 8th, 1,700 new cases were reported in the state, a 28 percent decrease from two weeks earlier where we saw an average of 3,312 cases per day.

Today, we find out new information on the rollout of vaccines at local CVS pharmacies. CVS have decided to push back registration to Thursday, February 11th, and will begin administering vaccines on Friday, February 12th. The decision was made to ensure vaccine availability for eligible individuals. Additionally, CVS is only allowing those 65 years of age and older to register at this time. The following Hampton Roads cities will be administering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only – Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.

For seniors and those without internet access living in Norfolk, there’s a resource to help you pre-register. Beginning tomorrow until Friday, February 26th Norfolk recreation centers will open Monday through Friday to assist eligible Norfolk Phase 1b residents. No appointment is needed, and each resident will receive a pre-registration confirmation card.

Vaccinate Norfolk Pre-registration effort:
– Berkley Neighborhood Multi-Service Center
– Vivian C. Mason Technology
– Sherwood Forest Recreation Center
– Norfolk Fitness & Wellness Center
– Park Place Multi-Purpose Center
– East Oceanview Recreation Center

If you are eligible to receive the vaccine, we encourage you to register at multiple locations in your designated health district. Additionally, we advise patients to continually monitor the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) for the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates. https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation. For the latest TPMG updates pertaining to the COVID-19 vaccine, please see the table below.

Thank you,
TPMG

Update: 2/8  

We understand if you feel overwhelmed with all the information out there about the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s why we will continue to do our best by providing you with the necessary resources and updates to make informed health care decisions. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has an online resource for community members to see what vaccine phase their health district is currently at and eligibility. https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/phase-by-health-district/  

Also, if you have any questions about when and where you can get vaccinated you can call the VDH hotline – 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343). 

Phase 1B Health Districts and Information:

Furthermore, CVS has announced it is expanding the number of stores in the Hampton Roads area that will offer vaccines. This will not increase their previous allotment of 26,000 doses; however, it does provide greater accessibility for Virginia residents. CVS stated they will continue to add more locations and appointments as more vaccines become available. Eligible residents can begin to register starting Tuesday, February 9th at www.CVS.com.

Once again, please be assured that we continually communicate with local politicians, regional health system leaders, and members of the state and local health departments in an effort to secure more vaccines for our patients. We sent a letter to Dr. Danny Avula, the state’s vaccine coordinator, stating our case for why private groups like TPMG should help with vaccine distribution. We will continue to advocate on behalf of our patients and sympathize with you and your families during this stressful time.

For the latest TPMG updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine please visit https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/coronavirus-covid-19/

Thank you for your patience,

TPMG

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February 5, 2021

As we continue conversations with the Virginia Department of Health and local health departments, we would like to share some hopeful updates from the Virginia governor regarding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Ralph Northam stated during a press conference held on Thursday, the problem lies with limited supply at the federal level. “People across the Commonwealth are facing tremendous challenges, and they expect their elected officials to deliver results,” said Northam. The governor signed a proclamation on Thursday, February 4th, calling the members of the General Assembly into a special session on Wednesday, February 10th to ensure the legislature can complete its work on the state budget and pandemic relief.

Currently, Virginia is receiving around 40,000 doses per day, but in order to reach an estimated goal of 50,000 doses a day, the state would need to receive 350,000 doses per week instead of 120,000 doses a week our current allotment. Northam said, “We didn’t know how many doses we would have in Virginia, and so the pharmacies and the healthcare systems were keeping that second dose. Now, that we’ve got a commitment to have more shipment coming in each week, we can take those second doses and convert them into first doses.” As we’ve mentioned in previous updates, Virginia also plans to expand vaccination capability by opening up CVS locations to administer vaccines. This is part of a federal initiative, which aims to get more people vaccinated quickly. We’re hopeful that in the coming weeks and months we see an increase in distribution and are able to obtain COVID-19 vaccines for our patients. We will continue to advocate on behalf of our patients and are committed to keeping our patients’ best interests foremost.

We continue to work with local healthcare systems to help the community understand their resources. We encourage all Virginia residents to monitor the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) COVID-19 Vaccine website for the latest updates. https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support. We will continue to monitor developments over the weekend. To view the TPMG COVID-19 updates from this week please see the table below under ” COVID-19 Vaccine Info Update”.

TPMG

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February 4, 2021

We want to thank you for the positive remarks we received yesterday and provide you with further updates on vaccine registration in your area.

For patients in the Northern Neck who are part of the Three Rivers and Chickahominy health districts they have begun vaccinating “Phase 1b” eligible patients. To register for an appointment visit https://redcap.vdh.virginia.gov/redcap/surveys/?s=LMXRP7FMT4 or call the Northern Neck Resource Center at (888) 204-5357. We also advise patients looking to get vaccinated at a CVS location near you, to please wait until February 9th, as they will begin booking appointments then and plan to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines by February 11th. According, to PR Newswire, CVS will be administering 26,000 doses of Moderna vaccine across multiple cities in the Tidewater area.

As we continue to advocate on behalf of our patients while at the same time pledging support to the Virginia Department of Health to distribute the vaccine, we also encourage patients to voice their concerns. We believe the CDC and VDH are missing an opportunity to expand channels of vaccination, particularly for older patients, it makes far more sense for them to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through their PCP than for an older patient to try to navigate getting the vaccine at a large vaccination center. By including private physician groups like TPMG in the state’s vaccine distribution plan, we can vaccinate vulnerable Virginia more quickly in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus. That’s why we’re encouraging you to write to your elected officials. Unsure of who to contact? The following information by be useful for understanding who is my legislator.
https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

Once again, thank you for your continued cooperation and support. Please check back for more updates.

TPMG

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February 3, 2021

We understand finding providers and clinics that have the COVID-19 vaccine available can be challenging. As we mentioned earlier, we have reached out to family, friends, professional contacts, and government agencies with the hope of securing enough vaccines for all that want one. The process is slow; however, please know that TPMG continues to advocate for our patients.

Many cities in the Tidewater area have been moving or have moved to vaccinate “Phase 1b” priority groups. As vaccine supply remains limited, people most at risk for infection and death are prioritized, including those 75 years of age and older and those living in congregate settings. While we wait for additional vaccines, we recommend that you sign-up at multiple places, as distribution from the Virginia Department of Health is limited.

We have provided you with a list of options where eligible recipients can register for the vaccine. There may be additional sites not mentioned on this list.​

https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/2020-regional-news-releases/virginia-beach-health-district-will-expand-covid-19-vaccination-to-phase-1b-recipients/
https://www.norfolk.gov/5025/How-to-Sign-up-for-Vaccine
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/chesapeake/covid-vaccination-information/
https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/portsmouth/covid-vaccine-information/
https://www.suffolkva.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=334
https://www.yorkcounty.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1883
https://www.cvs.com/

As we continue to move through the phases of vaccine distribution, we want to remind patients the importance of practicing COVID-19 safety measures in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Thank you for your support.

TPMG

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February 2, 2021

 
We continue our conversations today with local politicians, regional health system leaders, and members of the state and local health departments, in an effort to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine for our patients. We are, also, scheduled to speak with a House Delegates member in the next few days. We will update you soon on our progress. 
 
As we noted earlier, we have received 300 doses; however, we have not been informed when we will receive additional vaccines. Our TPMG providers identified and administered the vaccines that we had to high-risk patients, including those 75 years of age and older, as well as those with chronic medical conditions, who fell into a early distribution phase. Once we receive an additional supply of vaccines, we will be distributing them based on individual patient medical history in accordance with CDC guidelines. 
 
Below is an article in AMGA urging changes to the vaccine rollout and to bring awareness to a national problem that medical groups, such as TPMG, are facing: 
 
 AMGA Urges Changes in Vaccine Rollout Plans; Group Practices Vital to Vaccination Effort
 
“Medical group practices need to be an integral part of any COVID-19 vaccination effort for it to succeed,” AMGA argued in a letter to the Biden administration. In response to President Joe Biden’s “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness,” AMGA recommended the distribution strategy also enlist medical group practices, who already have the infrastructure, experience, and relationships that are vital to vaccinating patients quickly. AMGA members can help educate patients by serving as a point of contact through the vaccine distrubution process. While the Biden Administration plan involves establishing thousands of community vaccination centers and mobile units to serve rural and underserved areas, AMGA strongly recommends that the vaccination strategy also utilize medical group practices, which have relationships in communities throughout the country. AMGA members have the reach and experience to vaccinate a large number of patients quickly. In addition, our members have the infrastructure needed to schedule appointments so that patients can remain at home until their appointment rather than waiting in line at a a vaccination center. The letter is available on the AMGA website.Darryl Drevna M.A.
 
We thank you for your continued cooperation and we hope you understand that we are advocating as strongly as we can for our patients. Please check back for continued updates.
 
 TPMG
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February 1, 2021

We know that many of our patients have questions about how they can obtain the COVID-19 vaccine and are unhappy with the lack of vaccine availability and lack of information about when they might expect to receive a vaccine. We understand your frustration when you hear that a family member or friend who has a Primary Care Provider (PCP) at one of the large health systems in our region is able to receive a COVID -19 vaccine.

Please understand that all COVID-19 vaccines come through the CDC and the State of Virginia. We must rely on these two sources for any vaccine. Unfortunately, the state is severely restricting who is receiving vaccine supply. Also, TPMG cannot order vaccines directly from any of the vaccine manufacturers.

Over the last several weeks, TPMG has communicated with Senators Warner and Kaine, the Secretary of Health for the State of Virginia, the leadership of the state’s vaccine program through several organizations of which we are members, local politicians, regional health systems leaders, and members of the state and local health departments to request vaccine be shipped to us for our patients. Even with these efforts, which we assure you are ongoing with the CDC and Virginia Department of Health, we have only received 300 doses. Unfortunately, we have not been told when or if we will receive additional vaccines.

We apologize; this will not make you feel any better. Still, it is to say that at this point, you need to follow your local news outlets and health department websites for information on how to sign up for or register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of TPMG.

If we do receive an additional supply of vaccines, we will distribute them based on the number of doses we receive and individual patient medical history based on the CDC guidelines.

As we receive more information, we will pass it along. We plan to post daily updates (Monday – Friday) even if the update is to say we do not have any additional information. Please be assured that we are advocating as strongly as we can for our patients.

We appreciate your patience.​

TPMG

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Dear TPMG Patient,

Your TPMG providers understand the high level of interest and demand for obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine. However, at this time we do not have information regarding when the COVID-19 vaccine will become available to the general public. We encourage all Virginia residents to monitor the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) COVID-19 Vaccine website. The VDH COVID-19 vaccine website: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/

The VaccineFinder website will be updated once COVID-19 vaccination is widely available to the public to help direct people to find a vaccine provider near them. The VaccineFinder website link: https://www.vaccinefinder.org/​

Additionally, please refer to both the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites for information on the phases of groups that will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine following Phase 1a. At this time, we are unable to prioritize patients to obtain the vaccine based upon health conditions.

When we learn more information about the distribution and availability of these vaccines, we plan to send out another mass message to update our patients.

Please assist us with the high call volume by first checking the above resources or mytpmg.com before calling the office regarding vaccine availability. https://mytpmg.com/patient-info/coronavirus-covid-19/

Thank you,
Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group
Your Health, Skillfully Guided

The difference between influenza and COVID-19, according to the CDC:

While influenza and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, they are caused by different viruses:

– COVID-19 is caused by an infection called SARS-CoV-2, a new coronavirus.
– Influenza is cause by infections of influenza viruses.

While the two viruses have similar symptoms, it may be difficult to determine the difference between the two, based on symptoms alone. Testing may be needed to confirm a diagnosis. This page compares the two viruses and offers the most accurate available information

For more information on symptoms of Coronavirus, visit the CDC website here.

Patient Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

See Frequently Asked Questions here.

Telemedicine Now Available

Learn more virtual telemedicine visits with TPMG providers here.

In-Person Office Visits

For more information about in-person office visits and the safety precautions being taken by TPMG offices, click here. In response to the current COVID-19 situation, we require all patients age 3 year and older to come to TPMG offices in a mask.

TPMG After Hours Care Clinic Telemedicine Visits

TPMG After Hours Care Clinic is offering Telemedicine visits. For more information, click here.
*Please note, TPMG After Hours Care Clinic remains closed at this time for in-person visits for the safety of our patients and staff.

Now Scheduling Screening Mammograms

TPMG Imaging and Breast Centers in Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg have resumed screening mammograms. Contact any of the three locations to schedule. In response to the current COVID-19 situation, we require all patients age 3 year and older to come to TPMG offices in a mask.

TPMG is monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) both with respect to our patients and our employees. We are closely following guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and have been in regular contact with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

Updates related to TPMG medical office operating hours will be provided on this page during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our patients and our employees is our top priority.

If you are feeling symptoms related to Coronavirus, please call your Primary Care Provider.

Symptoms include:

– Fever
– Cough
– Muscle pain
– Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
– Fatigue
– Sore Throat
– Chills
– Repeated shaking with chills
– Headache
– Congestion or runny nose
– Nausea or vomiting
– New loss of taste or smell

This is not an inclusive list and you may experience some symptoms and not others.

Your Primary Care Provider and the staff will work with you to determine your next steps. Your doctor has a protocol to work with the local health department to determine testing and additional care.

Seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing:

– Trouble breathing
– Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
– New confusion or inability to wake or stay awake
– Bluish lips or face

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are in need of care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

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