Vaccine Information Video

Dr. Amy Mohler prepared a simple video below for Primary Care Partners’ staff and is sharing it with all. She explains how the vaccine works and its safety. If you have additional questions feel free to discuss them with your physician.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Your health and safety is our top priority at Primary Care Partners. The COVID-19 vaccine is a significant step in slowing down the spread of the virus. We would like to help you keep updated on what we know and what this means for you.

COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form

Link: COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Form

Visit the link above to complete our interest form for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that by completing this form, this does not guarantee that you will be prioritized for the vaccine. Primary Care Partners will abide by the State of Colorado’s distribution plan for vaccination. Continue reading for further details.

COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by the FDA

COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have recently been approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Both vaccines have been shown to have few side effects and in large scale clinical studies, have proven to be about 95% effective in protecting against the COVID-19 virus. These vaccines are supported by robust scientific and in-depth analyses. The vaccination targeting COVID-19 will be a critical solution to help combat the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is for those 16 and older (16+), while the Moderna vaccine is for those 18 and older (18+).

Initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be limited

Link: Phases of Vaccine Distribution

The initial supply of vaccines will be very limited and will be distributed quickly, and efficiently, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. The highest risk health care staff will receive the vaccine first to ensure patients and their families can continue to receive prompt and excellent care during this Public Health Emergency. Primary Care Partners will follow the State of Colorado’s guidance on which populations of patients to prioritize. Governor Polis recently expanded the first phase of the vaccine distribution to now include individuals that are 70 years of age and older.

The current distribution plan has been broken down into three phases; Winter, Spring, and Summer. Right now, the goal is to get all high-risk healthcare workers, essential workforce, and those 70 years of age and older vaccinated in the Winter. Followed by higher-risk individuals not in these categories in the Spring and the rest of the general public in the Summer.

Please know that we are working diligently to ensure you and your family and friends can receive the vaccine when it becomes available to you. We are committed to providing you with the information you need to receive the vaccine quickly and conveniently.

We encourage you to visit covid19.colorado.gov or the Mesa County’s public health department website for the most up-to-date information about the status of the vaccine in our community.

Your resources

Connect with your doctor
Our dedication to caring for you during this Public Health Emergency has not changed. Our providers offer both in-person and TeleHealth appointments to ensure you receive the same level of care you expect while ensuring you feel safe and comfortable.

Your care coordinators
Primary Care Partners has Care Coordinators to assist you in the many facets of your healthcare. They can help with transportation, food, housing, end of life planning, mental health resources, and much more.

Safety precautions

  • Wear a mask.
  • Keep at least six feet from people not in your household
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Stay home if possible, and try to avoid travel

 

We are here to help

Remember, Primary Care Partners is here to help.  We are your partners in health. Never hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. For additional questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please call us at 970-254-2421.

Please see the list of our additional services below.

 

Primary Care, Pediatric Care, and Sports Medicine Services:

Family Physicians of Western Colorado (970) 245-1220
Red Canyon Family Medicine  (970) 256-5285
Tabeguache Family & Sports Medicine (970) 256-5201
Western Colorado Pediatric Associates (970) 243-5437
Western Colorado Physicians Group (970) 241-6011

After Hours, Nutrition, Medical Testing, Physical Therapy, and OB Services:

Grand Junction Diagnostics & Mammography (970) 241-6014; Open Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
DOCS On Call – After Hours Clinic (970) 255-1576; Open Monday – Friday, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM; Saturday, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM; Sunday, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Medical Nutrition and Diabetes Education (970) 255-1576; Open Monday – Friday, 8: AM to 5:00 PM
The Physical Therapy Specialty Center (970) 241-5856; Open Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Western Colorado Pediatric Associates -Weekend & After Hours Pediatric Appointments (970) 243-5437; Open Saturday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Family Centered OB (970) 241-6011 and (970) 245-1220

Primary Care Partners Welcomes Physician Seth Turner, MD

Primary Care Partners is happy to announce physician, Seth Turner, MD, has joined our Western Colorado Physicians Group family practice. Dr. Turner will be practicing at 1120 Wellington Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501. He is accepting new patients. Call 970-241-6011 to make an appointment.

Prior to joining us, he had practiced with El Rio Community Health​, in Tucson, AZ as a staff physician and at Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital​, as a Tucson, AZ Hospitalist through El Rio Health.

He completed his residency at St. Mary’s Family Medicine, in Grand Junction, CO where he graduated with an L. Edward Ellingwood Award for commitment to underserved patients.

Dr. Turner earned his Medical Degree at the University of Arizona College of Medicine​, with an M.D., in Tucson, AZ where he graduated with a Distinction in Global Health.

Seth graduated from College at the University of California Santa Barbara​, with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution Graduated with Dean’s Honors.

His certifications include Family Medicine Board Certified, Colorado State Medical License,  Arizona State Medical License, and is Contraceptive Implant Certified.

He has affiliations with St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center.

Why our providers choose to get the COVID Vaccine

Mesa County Health Department has received the first shipment of COVID vaccinations and the distribution process is underway. Once more information is available, Primary Care Partners will be contacting all of our patients once it is available to the public.

Primary Care Partners wants you to know why our providers choose to get the COVID Vaccine.

“Like many people I have been worried about the health of my family members, especially those who are at high risk of getting really sick if they get Covid. I have had a sense of helplessness because of the pandemic, but now I am hopeful and excited because of this amazing vaccine!”
– Dr. Cassana Littler, pediatrician
“Getting the covid vaccine feels like so many emotions from this year coming together at once – worry about my patients and family, grief for all those families who lost their loved ones, hope for a brighter future around the corner, and excitement to be in the first wave of change. I am so grateful for the science and experts who have been working tirelessly to make this happen.”
“I got my Covid-19 vaccine because I believe in prevention of deadly diseases and in Public Health. I drink chlorinated water at home and filtered on a hike, not river water, to prevent illness from germs. Vaccines also prevent illness from germs. Thank you scientists for all vaccines!”
– Dr. Patrice Whistler, pediatrician
“I got vaccinated because I trust Science and I miss hugging people.” – Dr. Mike Whistler, pediatrician.

“I got the COVID vaccine because I want to do my part and contribute to stopping this pandemic. The best and quickest way to do that is through a vaccine.” – Dr. Rebecca Liggett, pediatrician

“I got the COVID-19 vaccine to protect myself, my family, my friends, and my community from this virus that has already taken too many lives. For the first time, I feel hopeful, knowing this is the beginning to the end. Soon every adult will be able to make the same decision to help end this pandemic. Please decide now to get your vaccine and protect the ones you love.” – Dr. Megan Stinar, pediatrician

“I got my Covid vaccine for the same reason my parents took me to the school gym in 1962 to take a sugar cube polio vaccine and the same reason my pediatrician scratched my arm with the smallpox vaccine about the same time.  Smallpox has been eradicated and polio is close to being gone.  My hope is that someday we can say the same about Covid-19.” – Dr. Claudia Jantzer, pediatrician

“I wanted to say something eloquent, but that’s not me.  I’m a health care worker, and I believe in the science whose goal is to keep people healthy. I got the vaccine because I believe this is the science that will keep people healthy.”- Dr. Katie Joy, pediatrician

“I vaccinate because I want to again live in a world where we can hug our loved ones without fear, where we can send our children to school to play with unmasked faces, and we can live, love, laugh and adventure unabashedly.” – Dr. Chelsey Bovenschen, pediatrician

“I got my shot because SCIENCE has given us an amazing opportunity to beat this. I vaccinate for my family, friends, colleagues, patients & their families – so we may not lose another loved one or suffer the debilitating outcomes of COVID we now have true hope of preventing. With all of us doing our part – the pendulum will swing!” – Dr. Mary Willy, pediatrician

Dr. Sullivan got his COVID vaccine.

Dr. Colwell was excited to receive his COVID19 vaccine so he can continue to fulfill his duty to remain healthy for his family, his patients, and the greater community that he calls home.

Dr. Hulst says, “I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to be among the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. With this comes such HOPE. Hope to defeat this terrible virus, hope to be able to hold my new baby without concern, hope to heal our nation, hope for unity, hope for health, hope for ‘normal’… This fight is not over, but hope can fuel us through the darkest times. Love your neighbor, wear a mask, and get vaccinated.”

Dr. Roberts says, “It’s the best Christmas gift.”

Dr. Madrid was excited to get his first COVID Vaccine shot too.

Dr. Hughes was one of our first doctors to receive the COVID Vaccine.

Fruita COVID-19 Testing Site added to Grand Junction, CO Sites

Mesa County has a new COVID testing site in Fruita, CO at Fruita Monument High School (FMHS). Below is a list of COVID testing sites.

 

**Check with each organization on how to obtain your COVID-19 results**

 

Free and a Doctors order is not necessary

 

A doctor order is required (contact your doctor’s office).  Your insurance may be billed (contact your insurance company with any questions)  

  • SMH: Phone: 970-298-7616
  • Community Hospital: Phone (970) 242-0920

Body Composition Scan at Grand Junction Diagnostics

Interested in learning how much muscle and body fat you have?  Grand Junction Diagnostics can now accurately measure your body fat, muscle mass, and bone density with their new Dexa scan.  Scans are $75 and a scan with a short visit with our dietitian to review your report is $100.  More…

Connect with Colorado Spirit – COVID Outreach Specialists

Connect with Colorado Spirit. If you are stressed or other-wise impacted because of the pandemic, help is available. Colorado Spirit is a partnership between Mind Springs Health and FEMA that can assist you in many ways. They provide disaster survivors with community-based outreach, stress and resilience education, and connection to mental health and other community resources. The program is available to all COVID-19-impacted Coloradans FREE OF CHARGE.

 

Go to this Colorado Spirit initiative link for more information.

 

Mesa Colorado Spirit 2020 PDF

Spanish Mesa Colorado Spirit 2020 PDF

Family Physicians COVID Patient Appointment Policy

If you have a POSITIVE, PENDING COVID-19 test, or have had KNOWN EXPOSURE please call us for further assistance. This is in an effort to limit the spread of the virus. We are happy to assist and triage your needs over the telephone and consult with a medical provider if there is a need for you to be seen in person. We appreciate your willingness to assist us in our goal to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Thank you

Family Physicians of Western Colorado (970) 245-1220

Red Canyon Family Medicine (970) 256-5285

Tabeguache Family & Sports Medicine (970) 256-5201

Western Colorado Physicians Group (970) 241-6011

Flu Vaccines

Flu shots are being offered by all the Primary Care Partners’ divisions listed below. However please call your doctor’s office before showing up as some of our offices require an appointment to receive flu vaccines and flu vaccines tend to run out near the end of flu season.

Family Physicians of Western Colorado (970) 245-1220

Red Canyon Family Medicine (970) 256-5285

Tabeguache Family & Sports Medicine (970) 256-5201

Western Colorado Pediatric Associates (970) 243-5437

Western Colorado Physicians Group (970) 241-6011