We have come a very long way as New Yorkers since the pandemic began in early 2020, but vaccinations are only a part of the solution. With the holidays coming up, I would like to remind you that COVID-19 is still very much in our communities and will undoubtedly be around our lunch and dinner tables during the holidays. Despite being vaccinated, we still run the risk of becoming infected and being carriers for the COVID-19 virus. I recommend testing before heading to see family and friends for Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year celebrations.
Holidays will be more enjoyable knowing that everyone around the table has recently tested negative. If you have remained negative for COVID-19 throughout this past year and a half, let’s keep it that way. If you’ve had COVID-19, let’s make sure that you are not vulnerable to becoming infected again. Let’s make sure you are negative before visiting family and friends that may be more vulnerable to illness.
I have said it many times, and maybe during our previous visits, it takes a village and we must all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and move on with living.
We have opened some additional pre-holiday appointments to accommodate PCR and Rapid COVID-19 testing so that you know your status before spending time with family and friends.
Our PCR results are back in less than 24 hours and Rapid COVID-19 test results are reported to you before you leave the office.
If you have not yet been vaccinated or boosted, we carry both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and highly recommend you get vaccinated or boosted before traveling or gathering with others.
If you are on the fence about the booster, it may be a good idea to check your antibody and immunity levels.
We are also happy to provide a flu shot as well during your visit.
Most commercial insurance companies, ie. Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, Oxford, Cigna, and Aetna pay for all testing and vaccines with no out-of-pocket cost.
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Wishing you, your family, and friends a very happy and healthy holiday season.
In Good Health,
Michele Martinho, MD
Leslie Bauerle, DNP
Dr. Michele Martinho is an experienced and personable internist who treats men, women, and gender non-binary patients throughout New York City. Dr. Martinho is passionate about medicine and views her role as working in partnership with patients to help them live healthy, long, and deeply satisfying lives. The office is conveniently located at 308A East 15th Street (at 2nd Ave) between the Gramercy Park, Union Square, and East Village neighborhoods of New York City.