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AAPHC Ready for Georgia's Vaccine Expansion on March 8 and New Groups Eligible 

On March 8, the following community members are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine: 

  • K-12 educators and school workers,
  • Adults with development disabilities,
  • Parents of children with complex health issues.  

Eligible for the vaccine?  Albany Area Primary Health Care can get your scheduled for an appointment!  Call 229-338-7589 to request an appointment.  

 

AAPHC Hosts Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Event on March 20 in Albany, Georgia

If you are eligible for the Vaccine, please schedule an appointment by calling 229-338-7589 or click here to request an appointment.  Our team of Schedulers will be happy to assist you! 

 

 

Scheduling Your COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment  

We're currently experiencing a large number of calls to our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline.  In order to best serve you, and reduce your wait times, please click here to request a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment.

Once you complete the online form, one of our AAPHC team members will be in touch with you shortly to confirm your appointment and answer any questions.   Thank you for your patience!    

 

AAPHC Hosts Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Event on Feb. 20 in Albany, Georgia

AAPHC will host a Mass COVID-19 Vaccination event on Feb. 20 in Albany, Georgia.  This event is open to all eligible community members within Phase1A+ in the state of Georgia.  We've included more details in our flyer below.  To schedule an appointment for our Feb. 20 event, please call 229-338-7589 or CLICK HERE to request an appointment online. 

    

AAPHC Launches New COVID-19 Vaccination Center

On Thursday, Jan 21, Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) opened our brand new AAPHC COVID-19 Vaccination Center in East Albany.   This large space ensures we can vaccinate upwards of 500 community members every day.  The state of Georgia is currently in Phase 1A, which includes vaccinating health care workers, first responders and those 65 and older.
 
“We are so appreciative of Phoebe Putney Health System for giving us this space in their Phoebe East building,” says Shelley Spires, CEO.  “Whenever we can partner together, as a medical community, we can better serve our residents of Southwest Georgia.”
 
If you are a first responder or 65 and older, you can schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine appointment now via our COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline at 229-338-7589.  
 
AAPHC is one of only THREE organizations in Southwest Georgia who have the COVID-19 vaccine available.  “AAPHC, along with Phoebe and the Department of Public Health, are proud to work together to ensure we’re vaccinating as many of our community members as possible,” says Shelley. 
 
For full details on the COVID-19 Vaccine, or our COVID-19 Protocols, please visit www.aaphc.org/coronavirus.
 
 

All COVID-19 Vaccinations Will Move to New Vaccination Center Site

Do you have an upcoming appointment for your COVID-19 vaccination? 
 
Effective Thursday, Jan. 21, AAPHC will now give all COVID-19 vaccinations at the new AAPHC COVID-19 Vaccination Center in East Albany.  Our Northwest Albany and South Albany locations officially transition back into medical offices for patient care. 
 
AAPHC COVID-19 Vaccination Center
2410 Sylvester Road
Albany, Georgia 31705
229-338-7589
 
“We made this change to better serve our patients and our community members,” says Shelley. “As we launched vaccinations last week, we immediately recognized that we needed a much larger space to serve more residents each day and our medical offices just aren’t large enough to accommodate up to 500 community members a day.”
 
“We have waited so long for a way to fight back and stop this virus,” says Dr. Edward Vance, Chief Medical Officer, AAPHC.  “These vaccines are the way to help us stop transmission of the virus and return to our 'Pre-COVID' lives. We can see our families, visit with friends, and just get back to living our lives.   We can only do that, get back to our normal lives, if all Americans get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Please schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment with AAPHC today. We can do this – battle back against COVID – if we all get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

 

COVID-19 Vaccines & Your FAQs:

With news of the COVID-19 vaccines arriving in the community, we are receiving questions about the vaccine availability at Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC).  Here are some important details for our community members:

Q. What vaccine will the AAPHC offices receive?
A. Our AAPHC offices will receive the Moderna vaccine.

Q. Will the Moderna vaccine protect me from the virus?
A. Moderna’s vaccine proved 94.1% effective in preventing COVID-19 during clinical trials, some of which were conducted at Emory University.

Q. When will the Moderna vaccine arrive at AAPHC?
A. At this time, we have not been alerted as to when the first doses will arrive at AAPHC.  We are just waiting on news of our shipment.

Q. Who will be vaccinated first?
A. This shipment of Moderna vaccines will be available for our frontline health care workers in the state of Georgia.   

Q. When is the vaccine available for the community?
A. At this time, the CDC estimates that vaccinations of community members will begin in Spring 2021. Once vaccines become available to our community, we'll communicate that with you.

Q. Where can I find more information?
A. Please stay tuned to our social media channels, plus our web site at www.aaphc.org/coronavirus, for all the latest details.

 

COVID-19 Rapid Tests Now Available at AAPHC

COVID-19 Rapid Testing is now available at all Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) offices across Southwest Georgia!  In order to qualify for the COVID-19 Rapid Test, you must have one or more of the symptoms of Coronavirus - fever, loss of taste or smell, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches or stomach issues.

How to Schedule the COVID-19 Rapid Test:

  • For current patients, please call your AAPHC Provider's office to schedule your COVID-19 Rapid Test.

  • For new patients, please visit www.aaphc.org/locations to find a listing of our offices and our Providers. Next, call your selected AAPHC Provider's office to schedule your COVID-19 Rapid Test.

 

Patient Safety Remains Our No. 1 Priority

Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) is taking all of the proper precautions to ensure our patients feel safe and comfortable during their appointments.
 

We are:

  • Sanitizing and cleaning exam rooms and patient areas before your appointments.
  • Following all Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to safely care for our patients.
  • Performing temperature checks on all staff and patients as they arrive at the offices.
  • Requiring all staff and patients to wear masks at all times within the offices to further reduce the risk of exposure to germs.
  • Additionally, our Dental Offices are following strict American Dental Association (ADA) and CDC guidelines while caring for our dental patients.
 
AAPHC remains here to care for our patients all across Southwest Georgia. You can trust that your health and safety remains our No. 1 priority.  
 
To learn more, please CLICK HERE to watch a short video on our safety precautions. 
 

Patients Must Now Wear A Mask For Their Appointments  

Patients arriving for appointments at their Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) doctor's office will be required to have a mask on before entering the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to wear at all times while inside the office. Masks should be worn appropriately so that it fully covers your mouth and nose. This new COVID-19 protocol is now in effect across all AAPHC offices in order to fully protect our providers, staff and patients.

For an easy, no sew mask tutorial, please CLICK HERE.

The #MASKUPALBANY campaign is also distributing FREE masks to community members. Visit Dougherty County Georgia Government for full details and distribution locations. 

Wear a mask and ensure you are protecting your family, friends and neighbors from COVID-19!

 

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Now Available 

AAPHC now offers COVID-19 Antibody Testing at all of our primary care offices across Southwest Georgia. This new COVID-19 Antibody Test is available to both new and established patients. Results are often back within three to seven days.
  • For current AAPHC patients, please contact your Provider's office to schedule your appointment for Antibody Testing. You can find your Provider's office information at www.AAPHC.org.
  • For community members new to AAPHC, please call our Northwest Albany location at 229-405-6196 to schedule an appointment. Or click on the following link to find an office near you: https://aaphc.org/services/adult-medicine/see-our-locations
Please note that the COVID-19 Antibody Testing is for patients that are 18 years or older. Pediatric patients do not qualify for the Antibody Testing. Additionally, please note that the COVID-19 Antibody Test will only confirm exposure and will not confirm immunity in a patient.  For additional questions or concerns, please contact our AAPHC team and we will be happy to provide answers on the COVID-19 Antibody Testing.
 
 

AAPHC Launches Telemedicine Visits for Patients  

Need to see a provider but want to skip a trip to the doctor's office? Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) is proud to now offer Telemedicine Visits with our AAPHC providers. Just call an AAPHC office and ask to schedule a Telemedicine or "Virtual Visit" with a health care provider! Telemedicine appointments allow you to "see" your provider right from your smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer.

The best part? You can see a Doctor or Advanced Provider from the comfort of your own home. (Even right from your couch!) To find an AAPHC office, please visit our web site here: www.AAPHC.org.  Ask about our Telemedicine appointments today!
 
  

Critical Updates for Our Patients and Community Members:

  •  If you have symptoms of a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please contact your Provider's office immediately.
  •  If you have these symptoms and have a Dental, OB/GYN, Podiatry, Vision Care or Behavioral Health appointment, please cancel this appointment and go immediately to your PCP office. 
  •  If you call your PCP office with these symptoms, you may be routed to our Northwest Family Medical and Dental office for an appointment.
  •  Effective immediately, we have staff members taking each patient's temperature as they arrive at the office.

 

AAPHC Launches "No Visitor" Policy To Reduce Risk of Exposure

  • Effective March 19, we are launching a "No Visitors" policy within our offices to reduce risk of possible exposure to our staff and patients in the office. If you have a guest, they will have to remain in their car. There are some exceptions to this policy, including if the patient is under 18, needs assistance during the appointment, cannot be left alone or needs assistance communicating. Please speak with the staff at the office if you have questions. 
  • We are also at this time suspending visits from all pharmaceutical representatives until further notice.  There are no exceptions to this COVID-19 policy. 
 
The providers and staff at Albany Area Primary Health Care are working diligently to continue to care for patients during this unprecedented health emergency.  We appreciate you following all new COVID-19 protocols to better support our providers and care teams.   
 
    

What To Know Before Your Next Appointment:

For All Upcoming Primary Care Appointments:

  •  If you have the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Cough
  • Or, if you have recently:
    • Been exposed to a known Coronavirus patient
    • Traveled recently, including within the United States

Please notify our team while scheduling the appointment and upon check-in at the office.
  

For all Upcoming Dental, Podiatry, OB/GYN, Pediatrics and Behavioral Health Appointments:

  • If you have the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Cough
  • Or, if you have recently:
    • Been exposed to a known Coronavirus patient
    • Traveled recently, including within the United States 

 Please do not proceed with your appointment.  Immediately contact your Primary Care Provider and notify the check-in team of your symptoms.

 

For All Additional Questions:

Please contact your doctor's office and our team will be able to assist you!

 

Updated 3-5-2021