FHCB COVID-19 Updates

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MONDAY-FRIDAY - 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

SATURDAY- TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

Important COVID-19 FAQs 

What should I expect during my vaccine appointment? When you report to our health center, you will have a temperature and COVID-19 symptom screening upon entering our facility.  Once inside, you will check in with our registration staff and be directed to the COVID-19 vaccination clinic area.  You will receive your vaccination card and, if appropriate, a second dose appointment.  You will then see one of our trained vaccinators who will ask you screening questions, provide some quick education and provide your vaccine.  After ALL COVID-19 vaccines, patients will be asked to sit for at least 15 minutes for observation.  Some patients with a history of allergic reactions may be asked to wait for 30 minutes.  You will be given educational information and the chance to ask any questions before departing the center.

I have a sore arm after my vaccine, what should I do? It’s very common for patients to develop a sore arm after any vaccination.  If this occurs, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve and Tylenol.  Please follow the instructions on the specific product you purchase.  If the soreness becomes excessively bothersome, you can apply ice or a cold pack to the injection site for 15 minutes at a time to help relieve the pain.  This soreness typically resolves in a few days.

What can I take if I have a fever, aches or chills after my vaccine? Fever, aches and chills are common after vaccination. If this occurs, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve and Tylenol.  Please follow the instructions on the specific product you purchase.  It’s helpful to stay rested and hydrated.  These side effects typically last for a few days and should be relatively mild.

My child is 16 and needs a vaccine, can I make them an appointment?  At this time, FHCB Health System is only equipped to store the Moderna and Janssen vaccines.  These vaccines are only approved under emergency use authorization for patients 18 and older.  If your child is 16 or 17, they can be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine at one of the Maryland’s mass vaccination clinics.  Please refer to GoVAX which is located at https://onestop.md.gov/govax.

I recently received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine at FHCB Health System and I’ve heard there are side effects, should I be worried? The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”)  , Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), and the Maryland Department of Health have paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution over an extremely rare (6 cases in over 68 million vaccines administered) side effect.  This side effect is a type of blood clot called a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST for short).  CVST has only been observed 1-3 weeks (7 days to 21 days) after vaccination and should not be confused with the flu like symptoms that are commonly experienced the few days after any vaccination.  If you develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath 1 to 3 weeks after you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine please contact your primary care physician immediately or seek medical care immediately.

ENTRY CHANGES:

MASKS

Following State requirements, everyone entering an FHCB facility will be required to wear a face mask.

Masks with exhalation valves or vents may NOT be worn inside FHCB facilities.

ENTRY SCREENING

All staff, patients and vendors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 upon entry.

We ask that patients enter FHCB facilities unaccompanied, if possible. For those patients who need a guardian to accompany them, we ask that this be limited to a single family member.

TELEHEALTH

We're encouraging phone visits and consults whenever possible.

Please call 410-354-2000 to schedule appointments and to determine whether an in-person visit is necessary.

DENTAL

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, please call ahead before coming to an FHCB facility to notify your health care team.