Stop the Spread of COVID-19

SJFMC is working to protect our communities during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

At Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers (SJFMC) your health and safety is our number one priority, and we are following COVID-19 guidelines as recommended by the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health.

With that mission in mind, we are taking a number of steps to protect our patients, employees, and the community during this outbreak. Our dedicated Task Force of senior leaders, both clinical and non-clinical, are following planned protocols to keep our facilities as safe as possible and help stop the spread of COVID-19(Coronavirus).

What can you do if you think you have been exposed to the Coronavirus?

If you or your family members have been exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or have any of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Running Nose
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Weakness
  • Severe Headache
  • Joint Pain
  • Loss of Smell
  • Loss of Taste
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Bruising or Bleeding
  • Red Eye
  • Rash

The best practice is for you to immediately schedule a same-day SJFMC telemedicine appointment at 800-486-0131.

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing/shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your SJFMC Medical Provider at 800-486-0131 for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Atlantic County

Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. 

Testing Sites:

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Pleasantville Center
932 South Main Street
Pleasantville, NJ, 08232

Every Wednesday 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Hammonton Center
860 S. White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Every Thursday 11:00 am-2:00 pm

All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.

COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Burlington County

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Burlington Center
651 High Street
Burlington, NJ 08016

Every Tuesday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.

COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Salem County

Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is highly recommended if you are symptomatic. Call 609-569-4510.

Testing Sites:

Salem County Department of Health
110 5th Street
Salem, NJ 08079

Every Monday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (starting 3/28/22)

**Drive to the back side of the building and proceed to our Mobile Testing Unit**

All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.

COVID-19 Vaccine

All individuals aged 5 and older who live, work, or study in New Jersey are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is recommended for people 5 years and older. The Johnson and Johnson, Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is approved for individuals 18 and over.  You must be at least 18 to receive the Moderna vaccine at SJFMC.

Vaccines are available to all New Jerseyans, regardless of immigration or insurance status.

You do not have to be a patient of SJFMC, but you must have an appointment to be vaccinated. All appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations are scheduled electronically. Please do not call, as we are experiencing an extensive amount of calls and can not schedule vaccine appointments on the phone. 

What vaccines are available to SJFMC?

The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine is a 2-dose immunization. A second dose within a few weeks is necessary to get full protection against COVID-19. Moderately to severely immunocompromised people should get an additional shot (3rd dose) at least 28 days after their 2nd shot. Other groups of people are recommended to get a booster shot at least 6 months after getting their 2nd shot. The Moderna vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and older.

Learn more about the Moderna vaccine by reading this fact sheet.

Now that there are authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are 8 things you need to know about the new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a two dose immunization, the second shot is 21 days after the first. Moderately to severely immunocompromised people should get an additional shot (3rd dose) at least 28 days after their 2nd shot. Other groups of people are recommended to get a booster shot at least 6 months after getting their 2nd shot. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is recommended for people 12 years and older.

Learn more about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by reading this fact sheet.

The Johnson and Johnson, Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is a single dose immunization. A booster shot is also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Learn more about the Janssen vaccine by reading this fact sheet

Most Children and All Teens Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.  Children ages 5 through 11 years receive an age-appropriate dose that is one-third of the adult dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine three weeks after their first shot.

Widespread vaccination for COVID-19 is a critical tool to best protect everyone, especially those at highest risk, from severe illness and death. People who are fully vaccinated can safely resume many activities that they did prior to the pandemic. Children ages 5 years and older are able to get an age-appropriate dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn more about what you and your child or teen can do when fully vaccinated.

To learn more about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children read the following fact sheet before vaccination:

Pfizer Pediatric EUA for Caregivers

What age groups are currently eligible for vaccination

Vaccines Authorized For

Children 4 years and under:

  • None

Children 5–11 years old:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech

Teens 12–17 years old:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech

Everyone 18 years and older:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

Click this link to schedule a vaccine appointment for children ages 5-11.

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For more information on COVID-19 Vaccines currently available in the United States  visit the CDC website.

Additional Shots for Immunocompromised People

People who are immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Everyone, including immunocompromised people, should receive a COVID-19 vaccine primary series if they are 5 years and older as soon as possible.

Children Ages 5-11 Years Who Are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised

Children ages 5 through 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a primary series of 3 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on the schedule shown below to stay up to date. A booster is not recommended for this age group at this time.

Johnson & Johnson Chart

 

Pre-teens, Teens and Adults Who Are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised

People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a total of 4 doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to stay up to date. The 4 doses include a primary series of 3 doses of an Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, plus 1 booster of an Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (4th dose), given on the schedule shown below.

Children Chart

 

People Who Are Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised and Have Received a Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine

People ages 18 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and received the 1-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine should get a second dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines), plus an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine booster to stay up to date—for a total of 3 doses—based on the schedule shown below.

Pre-teen Chart

 

Who Is Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised?

People are considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised if they have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an shot is appropriate for them.

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred.  You may get Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations.

When Are You Up to Date?

You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have followed the current recommendations listed below. The recommendations will be different depending on your age, your health status, and when you first got vaccinated.

Many people who are immunocompromised may need an additional dose as part of their primary vaccine series.

Note that booster shots are not recommended for everyone at this time.

Who Can Get a Booster Shot

 

If we need a booster dose, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?

No. COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, with the Delta variant, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. For that reason, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for a booster shot so vaccinated people maintain protection over the coming months.

Can you mix and match booster doses?

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

What’s the difference between a booster dose and a third dose?

Sometimes people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination. When this happens, getting a third dose of the vaccine can sometimes help them build more protection against the disease. This appears to be the case for some immunocompromised people and COVID-19 vaccines. CDC recommends moderately to severely immunocompromised people consider receiving an additional (third) dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial 2-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.

In contrast, a “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity). HHS has developed a plan to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to people this fall. Implementation of the plan is subject to FDA’s authorization and ACIP’s recommendation.

The Possibility of COVID-19 after Vaccination: Breakthrough Infections

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing infection, serious illness, and death. Most people who get COVID-19 are unvaccinated. However, since vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19.

An infection of a fully vaccinated person is referred to as a “vaccine breakthrough infection.”

What we know about vaccine breakthrough infections

  • Vaccine breakthrough infections are expected. COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing most infections. However, like other vaccines, they are not 100% effective.
  • Fully vaccinated people with a vaccine breakthrough infection are less likely to develop serious illness than those who are unvaccinated and get COVID-19.
  • Even when fully vaccinated people develop symptoms, they tend to be less severe symptoms than in unvaccinated people. This means they are much less likely to be hospitalized or die than people who are not vaccinated.
  • People who get vaccine breakthrough infections can be contagious.

Read more information on CDC’s website.

Safety Policy and Visitor Guidelines

All patients and guest must complete a temperature check and wear a face covering to enter our health centers. If you do not have a mask, please stop at the front desk immediately.

We are also limiting the number of people in our waiting room and practicing social distancing to reduce risk to patients and staff. Guest of patients, please remain outside of our centers or stay in your car unless you are accompanying a minor who needs to be seen by a provider.

Telemedicine Available for Visits from home

SJFMC is now using Telemedicine to allow you to talk to your provider and receive medical care at home. Visits are available virtually on video or by phone. Please call 800-486-0131 to make an appointment today.

Dental Services

Full service dentistry is offered at all of our dental sites. Our team is following guidance from the American Dental Association and adhering to strict safety protocols in addition to normal infection control procedures to keep you and our team safe.

How You Can Help

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, personal protective equipment(PPE) is in high demand. You can help protect our Health Care Heroes by donating , masks, gloves, gowns, googles, face shields, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers. Please call Mika Hasan at 856-298-8493 to arrange your donation drop-off.

Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. More information about differences between flu and COVID-19 is available here.

Steps you can take to prevent the spread of common cold, flu, and Coronavirus:

  • Wear a mask in public
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

For more information regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Health website.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Who is at risk for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Currently, those at greatest risk of infection are persons who have had prolonged, unprotected close contact with a patient with symptomatic, confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined by the CDC as:

  • Being within approximately six feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case; or
  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (such as being coughed or sneezed on).

Similar to the flu, people who are older than 65, or have chronic illnesses or a weak immune system are more vulnerable to be infected by COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

How can I protect my child from COVID-19 infection?

You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy.

  • Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing)
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults?

No. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. It’s not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs. There is much more to be learned about how the disease impacts children.

For up to date information visit the CDC website and check out NJDOH updates.