Planning and Response to Covid-19
In recent weeks we have seen Covid-19 impact daily life across the United States as well as here in New Mexico. At Sage we are dedicated to the safety and ongoing care of our patients. We are taking active measures to reduce the risk of exposure within the clinic. For more information on these steps, please read the message from Dr. Sutter posted to our blog.
In addition to increased protection at the clinic, we are actively working to move as many services as possible to remote telemed options. We will have more information on this page as these options rolled out over time.
A note from a Sage doctor on getting the COVID-19 Vaccine on 2/16/21:
“I was vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine yesterday morning. I generated a strong immune response which is a good thing. This is well known and should be expected to some degree.
The most common side effects are pain and swelling at the injection site and headache, fatigue, fever, and chills. I had them all. Recommend using a cold compress at the injection site for localized pain and taking Tylenol or ibuprofen if symptoms become too uncomfortable. Taking Tylenol or ibuprofen prior to vaccination is not recommended as they reduce fever and inflammation which can blunt the immune response. However, taking them before bed will likely help with a better night’s rest.
By preventing infection with COVID-19, the vaccine prevents death and the long-lasting effects of infection that have been reported. The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the inconvenient temporary side effects. The following from a UCI memo.
COVID-19 infection has been reported to cause long-lasting problems that some people have after recovering from COVID-19. These include being tired, having shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, chest pain, difficulty thinking and concentrating (“brain fog”), depression, muscle pain, headache, and fevers that come and go. In addition, some people have reported problems with their heart, lung, kidney, skin, teeth, and nervous system after COVID infection. These complications of infection can be prevented by receiving the vaccine.”