COVID-19 BRIEFING with updated information (03/16/2021)
We are happy to announce at Women’s Health Care Associates, we will now be allowing one significant other to attend any appointment with our patients, as of March 16, 2021. As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to decrease and more people are being vaccinated, we feel comfortable to open the office again to more visitors. We will continue to monitor our waiting room and may ask people to wait outside if it does get too crowded. We still ask that all patients and visitors continue to wear masks; and please do not enter the office if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or been in close contact with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test in the last 10 days. We are respectfully not allowing children in the office at this time, unless they are the patient.
We sincerely appreciate your understanding with the restrictions up to this date and will let you know by email if we can become more or less restrictive in the future. It is important for our patients to know that both SkyRidge and Littleton hospitals now allow 2 visitors per patient on L&D, postpartum or postoperative floors, as long as they are greater than 12 years of age have no symptoms or exposure to COVID-19.
There are now three vaccines against Covid-19 available in the United States. All three have Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA. All vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy among their respective clinical trial endpoints.
Pfizer and Moderna have mRNA-based vaccines that require two separate injections, 3 or 4 weeks apart. The mRNA vaccines are 95 and 94% effective.
Johnson & Johnson has an adenovirus vector vaccine that requires a single injection. Based on clinical trials in the U.S., the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine has been shown to be 66.9% effective at preventing moderate/severe Covid-19 illness and 76.7% effective at preventing severe/critical Covid-19 illness after a single dose. It is not a live virus vaccine, it does not contain preservatives, and it does not replicate. Adenovirus vector vaccines to HIV and Ebola and Covid-19 have been administered to pregnant patients.
The review of the available pregnancy data is not suggestive of a pregnancy-related safety concern (FDA 2021).
We support our pregnant and lactating patients and their choice to receive any of the three vaccines. Outcome data in pregnancy and lactation are still very limited, but we believe all these vaccines are safe. The American College of Ob/Gyn recommends vaccination of individuals who are actively trying to become pregnant or are contemplating pregnancy. It is not necessary to delay pregnancy after receiving vaccination.
● Unfounded claims linking Covid-19 vaccines to infertility have been scientifically disproven.
● There is no need to avoid initiation or to discontinue breastfeeding in patients who receive the
● We encourage our pregnant and lactating patients to register for the CDC's v-safe program if they choose to be vaccinated.
As of February 16, 2021, there have been over 30,000 pregnancies reported in CDC's v-safe post-vaccination health checker (CDC 2021).
Whether our patients choose to be vaccinated or not, we strongly encourage everyone to continue with prevention measures such as wearing a mask, physical distancing, and hand washing.
These vaccines should not be administered within 14 days of receipt of another vaccine, such as TDaP, influenza or shingles. We strongly recommend our pregnant patients receive TDaP and influenza vaccines. Rhogam should be given at the appropriate times in pregnancy, regardless of when a Covid vaccine was given.
Enlarged axillary lymph nodes are a known side effect of the Covid vaccines. The Society of Breast Imaging recommends that one have screening mammograms performed before the administration of the vaccine or at least 4-6 weeks after the receipt of the last vaccine injection.
The most difficult situation for patients is finding how to register or receive the vaccine. We recommend you to go to the following sites to register for your vaccine, if you wish. Please know all the sites require you to fit into the requirements for the current tier allowed by the state. You can sign up before your tier is up, but will not be able to get the vaccine until your medical conditions or age allow you to be eligible.
We do not have the vaccine available in our office, but will let you know if that does occur.
We hope you are all safe. Please reach out to us at 303-795-0890, if you have any questions or concerns.
The Physicians, Providers and Staff at Women’s Health Care Associates
Please see the full ACOG recommendations here.
For an interesting discussion of the risks and benefits of the COVID vaccine in pregnancy, written by a pregnant maternal-fetal medicine doctor, please see this attachment.
The WHCA physicians were thrilled to receive the vaccine during the first week at Sky Ridge!
In addition, you may reference the following websites for the most up to date information:
Thank you again for your understanding in this unprecedented time. Please know that we care
about each of you and we want to keep everyone safe who comes into the office and protect our staff as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us at