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.

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

Boosters (May 20, 2022)
COVID-19 Boosters for Moderna and limited amounts of Pfizer are available at Pokagon Health Services. The CDC has expanded eligibility requirements for boosters to the following groups:

1st booster:

  • Adults ages 18 years and older:
    • May get 1st booster of Pfizer or Moderna at least 5 months after the final dose in primary series
  • Adults ages 18 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • May get 1st booster of Pfizer or Moderna at least 3 months after the final dose in primary series
  • Children and teens ages 12-7 years:
    • May get 1st booster of Pfizer at least 5 months after the final dose in primary series
  • Children and teens ages 12-7 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • May get 1st booster of Pfizer at least 3 months after the final dose in primary series
  • Children ages 5-11 years:
    • May get 1st booster of Pfizer at least 5 months after the final dose in primary series
  • Children ages 5-11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • May get 1st booster of Pfizer at least 3 months after the final dose in primary series

2nd Booster:

  • Adults ages 50 years and older:
    • May get 2nd booster of Pfizer or Moderna at least 4 months after the 1st booster
  • Adults ages 18 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • May get 2nd booster of Pfizer or Moderna at least 4 months after the 1st booster
  • Children and teens ages 12-7 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised:
    • May get 2nd booster of Pfizer at least 4 months after the 1st booster

If you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster, please call the PHS Vaccine Line on (269) 692-5812 and leave a message to request an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled on a first come first served basis. 

J&J COVID-19 Boosters have been recommended for 2 months after your initial dose for all those 18 and older. PHS does not currently carry supplies of the J&J vaccine but can refer you to your local health department. The CDC has stated that you may receive a different booster from your initial series if you choose to do so and recommend Pfizer/Moderna over the J&J vaccine in most situations. 

Children aged 5 – 11 (November 5, 2021)
Pfizer’s vaccine for kids has been authorized to be administered to children aged 5 – 11. For immunocompromised children, a third dose has also been recommended.  The FDA announced on October 29, 2021 that based on a thorough evaluation of the data, the vaccine was 90.6% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 5 – 11 and no serious side-effects have been detected in its ongoing study. This is a 2-dose series, with the second dose given 3 weeks after the initial one. PHS expects an order of Pfizer for kids to arrive by Tuesday November, 9 and has appointments available starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Please call our vaccine voicemail on (269) 692-5812 to schedule.

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 28 days after the second dose.  Please contact our vaccine voicemail at (269) 692-5812 if a third dose is recommended for you. 

Children aged 12 – 17
Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for ages 12 – 17.  PHS does not have regular access to Pfizer vaccines due to the method of distribution from our supplier, and therefore you may be directed to you to your local health department for Pfizer vaccines or added to a wait list to receive a dose at PHS when supplies are available. Click here for local Health Department. 

Flu Vaccines

Adult Influenza Vaccines are also now available through our vaccine clinic starting September 20 and Pediatric Influenza Vaccines will be available October 4.  Flu vaccines can be given at the same time as your COVID-19 vaccine.  Please schedule through our vaccine line on (269) 692-5812.

 

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