TPCA Face Covering and Social Distancing Policy: Masks are required when visiting all TPCA Locations as our community level is HIGH.
Please visit the CDC Website to stay up to date on the latest community levels.
Attention Patients – Important Information Regarding Pediatric Vaccines and Booster Doses: As of Nov. 2, 2021, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, now known as Comirnaty, has received EUA from the FDA and has been authorized by the CDC for use in children who are 5 to 11 years old. The CDC is now actively recommending that all children between the ages of 5 and 11 years receive the two-dose primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine to reduce risk of severe illness or death. TPCA has received our first round of doses and immediately has begun vaccinating its pediatric patients and educating parents. Due to the different dose, we will hold separate clinics for this age group. You may contact your physician’s office to schedule an appointment and get more information about COVID-19 vaccines for your children. A parent or guardian must accompany a child to their vaccination appointment.
Additionally, we understand many of you are interested in obtaining a booster dose of your COVID-19 Vaccine. Booster doses are now recommended for everyone over the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated and after six months since receiving the second dose. We ask you reach out to your provider to see if you meet the criteria set forth by the CDC to receive a booster dose. To schedule your first dose, call Clinical Services or your provider’s office.
We will continue to update this webpage as we get more information. Please be assured we care about getting you and your family the vaccine as quickly and as safely as we can.
For more information, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Center.
Your Questions Answered.
What Is the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Its Symptoms, And How Can I Protect Myself?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted via person-to-person contact. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was identified during an investigation into an outbreak that occurred in Wuhan, China.
Some common symptoms of the virus include fever, shortness of breath, body aches, and cough. Click here to visit the CDC’s website for an additional list of symptoms, ways to protect yourself, and more.
What If I Think I Am Sick?
If you think you are experiencing symptoms or if any of the following applies, stay home, contact your TPCA provider, and practice social distancing…
- Traveled outside of the county in which you live in the past two weeks
- Been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
Click here for additional information on what to do if you are sick.
How Do I Know If I Need to Get Tested?
Upon experiencing symptoms, please contact your TPCA provider’s office. He/she will help determine if testing is necessary.
If your provider has directed you to get tested at the TPCA Lab and Diagnostic Imaging Center, click here for information.
What Should I Expect At My Next Office Visit?
If you are scheduled for an upcoming appointment with your TPCA provider or are planning a visit to our Lab, Diagnostic Imaging, and Clinical Services Center, please notify your provider in advance if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. You may be asked to reschedule your appointment, at no charge, and will be given instructions for further care.
Please note that all visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a face mask or covering when visiting ALL TPCA offices and departments.
Below are some precautionary protocols that have been implemented in our offices:
- At the entrance of the office, you will notice a flyer posted on the door with detailed instructions on whether or not you should enter the building or contact our staff.
- At check-in, our medical office specialists will provide you with a screening questionnaire regarding your current symptoms and recent travel. In the event a possible exposure is suspected, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment, at no charge, and further instruction on care will be provided.
- Before your exam, we will take your temperature. If you have a fever and exposure is suspected, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment, at no charge, and further instruction on care will be provided.
For added safety, we request that you do not bring guests along with you to your appointment, unless necessary. If you must bring a guest along, please limit to one guest.
What Is TPCA Doing To Ensure Cleanliness And Sanitization Inside Its Offices?
At TPCA, cleanliness and keeping our patient and employee areas sanitized is always a top priority. We understand that COVID-19 is a major concern, so rest assured that we will continue to practice mindful safety protocols, such as handwashing, before and after handling patient documents and office medical equipment, after and during care for patients, and after visits to the restroom.
All medical equipment and exam tables are thoroughly sanitized before patients enter a room, and communal items such as magazines, toys, and snacks have been removed from our reception and check-out areas for extra precaution. We will also continue to disinfect our offices regularly to promote health and safety.
Additionally, employees will also have to adhere to our safety protocols. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of illness, or who may have been exposed to COVID-19, will be sent home immediately.
For up to date information on COVID-19, please access the helpful links below.
Florida Department of Health, Leon County
Leon County Emergency Management
Capital Regional Medical Center
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Additionally, Dr. Sam Ashoo, Emergency Medicine Physician here at TMH, answers 18 of the top questions regarding COVID-19 and the vaccines. Here’s what he has to say.