TESTING AND VACCINE INFORMATION
CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) TESTING
Accordia Health offers both the rapid COVID 19 test (results typically in under an hour) and the lab COVID-19 test (results typically in 2-3 days). Tests are available to all established Accordia Health patients. Please call in advance if you think we need COVID testing. The test can be done while you wait in the parking lot.
We offer three types of COVID-19 tests.
- Viral Testing. This uses a swab and is sent to a lab. Results typically take 2-3 days.
- Rapid Antigen Test. The rapid swab test is processed in-house. Results are given before you leave the clinic (typically takes under an hour)
- Antibody Test. The antibody test will tell if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past. This is a blood draw that is sent to LabCorp for testing.
Covid-19 testing is largely covered by insurance under the CARES Act. Many insurance companies waive associated copays. Our staff can verify your coverage and whether there are any associated costs.
We ask that you please call ahead if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like to be tested. For non-covid related illnesses, no appointment is necessary, but we do ask you call ahead to schedule a same-day appointment. We cannot guarantee a no-wait time.
If you are told you have a positive viral test, most likely you currently have an active COVID-19 infection and you can give the virus to others. Follow instructions from your provider about isolation and when you can leave home.
If you are told you have a negative viral test, most likely you do NOT currently have an active COVID-19 infection. However, there is a small possibility the result is a false negative. Continue taking steps to protect yourself and prevent spread of the virus.
For further guidance and recommendations on test results, click here.
At this time, we currently do not have vaccines. Watch this page for continuing updates on when and how the COVID-19 vaccines will be available in our local communities.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 on December 11, 2020. The emergency use authorization allowed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. and administered to those 16 years of age and older.
On December 18, 2020, the FDA granted EUA for the Moderna, Inc., COVID-19 vaccine for use in individuals 18 years and older.
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given free to Americans who choose to be vaccinated. There may be a small administration fee associated with the vaccine.
Only non-pregnant adults participated in early clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines. As more recruits enroll in the clinical trials, recommendations on who can receive the vaccines may change. Currently:
COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes the disease without us actually getting sick from it. You can learn more from the CDC about the three main types of COVID-19 vaccines.
The most commonly reported side effects for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever. These typically lasted several days. More people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first one.
For the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, common injection site reactions include swelling and redness as well as pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection. General side effects of fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever also may be possible. These can last several days and were more likely to occur after the second dose.
When you receive your COVID-19 vaccine, you also will get information about v-safe and how to enroll in the CDC’s new smartphone-based tool to report problems or adverse reactions to the vaccine. Those who enroll can receive reminders about the second vaccine dose and surveys about how they’re feeling after a COVID-19 vaccine.
None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal of vaccination is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it's possible to get COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.
You can protect yourself before and after getting the COVID-19 vaccine by following these CDC recommendations, which include:
- Wearing a mask
- Washing your hands often
- Maintaining adequate physical space between you and others
SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
- Fever of 100.4 or greater
- Shortness of breath
- Dry cough
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Sore throat
- Runny nose or nasal congestion
- Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Disequilibrium like dizziness
- Muscle aches
- General weakness
- Close contact in past 14 days with a person known to have COVID-19
- Travel within last 14 days from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19
If you are sick, call the office ahead of time to get advice on how to proceed with your care.
It’s also important to know that most people who get COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms and recover fully. Those with serious health issues like COPD, heart disease, diabetes and cancer are at a greater risk from illnesses such as COVID-19 and even the flu. Because there’s no vaccine against COVID-19, it’s important that we all practice everyday prevention to help stop it from spreading. Be sure to:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home when you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (and throw the tissue in the trash)
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
COVID-19 is not a reason to panic, but to take common sense precautions. Working together, we can all make an impact on the prevention of this virus until there is a vaccine.
Alabama Department of Public Health Facts:
CDC COVID-19 fact sheet – what you need to know about COVID-19 (English)
CDC’s General FAQs about COVID-19
CDC COVID-19 fact sheet – if you have COVID-19 (English)
CDC COVID-19 fact sheet -- what you need to know about COVID-19 (Spanish)
CDC COVID-19 fact sheet – if you have COVID-19 (Spanish)