PHS COVID-19 Information

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, strict health and safety protocols are in place throughout Pokagon Health Services. These are in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases so that we can keep our citizens, patients, and staff safe. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, we request that you call prior to your visit to alert us in case we need to make alternate arrangements to help you get the care you need. Please call (269) 782-4141.

All patients are required to wear a surgical mask, a KN95 mask, or N95 mask on entry to the building. PHS will supply a surgical mask if needed. Patients will be screened at the front desk for symptoms and will be asked to wait in their vehicles for service if they answer yes to any of the COVID-19 screening questions. We will do our best to take care of your needs while we follow our safety protocols, so we ask for your continued patience in this matter.

COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

Respiratory Clinic

Patients of Pokagon Health Services who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough, fever, new loss of taste or smell, muscle aches, headaches, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, congestion, or runny nose, can schedule an appointment in our COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic to be seen by a provider for diagnosis and treatment. The following testing is available in our Respiratory Clinic:

  • Rapid COVID-19
  • Send Out (Quest Diagnostic Laboratories) COVID-19
  • Rapid Influenza A & B
  • Rapid Strep

Your provider may order other tests based on your symptoms.

Please call (269) 782-4141, option #1 to schedule an appointment with the clinic.

Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing
In situations where you do not require a provider visit, PHS offers drive up testing for COVID-19. Please call (269) 782-4141, option #1 to schedule a drive-up testing appointment.

At Home COVID-19 Test Kits
PHS has a limited supply of home test kits. In situations where you do not require a provider visit, the clinic nurse may recommend a home test based on certain criteria and while supplies last. 

Patients who are Pokagon Citizens and other beneficiaries of Indian Health Services may request up to two home tests from our Pharmacy per month. Please call the Pharmacy on  (269) 782-4570 to request a pick up time.

COVID-19 Treatments
The CDC has given Emergency Use Authorization to several therapeutics that assist in the treatment of COVID-19. Your respiratory clinic provider will determine if you meet criteria for any current treatments available and place orders where necessary.

N-95/KN-95Mask
PHS is giving N-95/KN-95 masks to citizens while supplies last. Each citizen can receive up to 4 masks. Kid-sized masks are now available. Please drive to the drive-up trailer located in the back of the south parking lot of PHS and honk your horn to receive masks. Pick-up hours are Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call Marcia Stratton at (269) 692-5812 in advance to confirm availability. You can designate someone to pick up your masks, but a written permission note with your name and Tribal ID number is required.

COVID-19 Vaccines

PHS continues to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, please reach out to your Primary Care Provider or click here for more information. At times PHS may not be able to offer certain vaccines, in which case, we can refer you to your local health department.

Call our PHS Vaccine Line at (269) 692-5812 to schedule your appointment.

Bivalent Boosters
Pfizer or Moderna bivalent boosters are available at PHS and can be given if it has been at least two months since your last COVID-19 vaccine, and you have completed your primary series. The bivalent booster replaces previous booster recommendations. 

  • Adults ages 18 years and older may get either the Pfizer or Moderna Bivalent Booster
  • Children and teens ages 12-17 years may only the the Pfizer Bivalent Booster

The CDC has approved for you to get a Moderna or Pfizer booster regardless of which vaccine you received for your primary series. 

Monovalent Boosters

COVID-19 Monovalent "Classic" Boosters for Pfizer are available at Pokagon Health Services in limited amounts and can refer to your local health department when stocks are depleted. The following groups are eligible for the monovalent booster:

  • Children ages 5 - 11 years may get one monovalent booster of Pfizer at least five months after the final dose in primary series.
  • Children ages 5 - 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get one monovalent booster of Pfizer at least three months after the final dose in primary series. 

Primary Series
Ages 5+

  • Pfizer: 2 doses, 3-8 weeks apart
  • Moderna: 2 doses, 4-8 weeks apart

Ages 6 months - 4 years

  • Pfizer: 3 doses with 2nd dose 3-8 weeks after 1st, and 3rd dose 8 weeks after 2nd
  • Moderna: 2 doses given 4 - 8 weeks apart

Third Doses

Certain individuals who have moderately to severely compromised immune systems may be eligible to receive a third dose of the vaccine. This is intended to improve the vaccine response to the initial series.  A third dose of an mRNA vaccine must be given at least four weeks after the second dose.

You are fully vaccinated two-weeks after receiving all doses of your primary series (including 3rd doses where indicated). You are up to date immediately after getting all boosters available for you. 

Flu Vaccines

Flu vaccines are now available for all ages. Flu vaccines can be given at the same time as your COVID-19 vaccine.  Please schedule through our vaccine line on (269) 692-5812.

Vaccine Schedule: Monday – Thursday 8am to 5pm, Fridays closed. Or ask your provider for your vaccines at your next regular clinic visit.

 

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