A message from Balboa Nephrology Medical Group
We are monitoring COVID-19 closely and continue to introduce measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients. The arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccinations has created a lot of excitement and questions for many of you. The COVID-19 vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We are strongly encouraging you to get the vaccination when you are eligible and able to do so. While our BNMG Offices do not have the vaccines available at this time, we are encouraging our patients to get vaccinated at the various locations available through the County’s website. We will continue to keep our page updated so you are aware of the opportunities to get vaccinated.
We also recommend that transplant recipients receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to them. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both have similar mechanisms (mRNA technology) and are not live viruses and they are safe in transplant recipients. We recognize that the vaccine has not been studied in transplant recipients but given the intensity of the surge in Southern California the risk of waiting for more information outweighs the benefit.
We cannot get you the vaccine any faster, the County of San Diego Health Department controls when the vaccine is available, information can be found on their website: https://bit.ly/391QDL3
Balboa Nephrology Medical Group Current Appointment Protocols:
- If you are experiencing a medical emergency, seek care right away.
- All patients with respiratory or COVID-19 related symptoms are being treated through Telehealth (Video Visits)
- For patients without respiratory or COVID-19 related symptoms, in-person appointments are being rescheduled to Telehealth (Video Visits) unless in-person visits are medically necessary.
If you are unsure or have questions about your upcoming appointment, please call our office.
Please know that your health is important to us. We will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.
If you do not have access to the MyChart Patient Portal, please call 858.810.8000. Our team will be able to help you set up your account and activation.
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
Effective 02/26/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
Beginning tomorrow, San Diegans who work in emergency services, child care and education, food handling and agriculture workers can sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
Effective 02/26/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
The County is offering free COVID-19 testing to residents 6 months of age or older. To locate a testing site, please visit http://211sandiego.org or call 2-1-1. Details: https://twitter.com/SanDiegoCounty/status/1365048787488497664
Not sure if you should get tested? This CDC guide may help: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
Effective 02/24/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
The County of San Diego announced Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccinations will open Saturday, Feb. 27, to people who work in emergency services, child care and education, and food and agriculture (including grocery stores). Currently, health care personnel, long-term care facility staff and residents, and those who are 65 years and older are eligible for vaccines.
Effective 02/23/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
Nearly 80,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped to San Diego County have begun arriving in the region, allowing for the rescheduling of all missed second doses and the widespread resumption of first dose appointments.
Effective 02/22/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
New COVID-19 vaccinations sites are opening in Lemon Grove and Otay Mesa, the County Health and Human Services Agency on Tuesday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 28th.
Effective 02/18/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
Due to delays in Moderna vaccine shipments to San Diego, all County COVID-19 vaccination points of dispensing, or PODs, and the North County Super Station in San Marcos are currently only offering appointments for second dose
Effective 02/14/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
A new COVID-19 vaccination site will open Feb. 14 in Vista, capable of providing up to 500 doses daily. The new clinic will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays at the Linda Rhoades Recreation Center, 600 North Santa Fe Ave.
Effective 02/12/21: via CVS.com
Learn where the COVID-19 vaccine is now available at CVS Pharmacy®, by appointment only.
When you’re eligible, schedule your first and second doses of the vaccine online. Check back for updates on additional locations as they become available.
Effective 02/12/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
The County of San Diego today announced a shortage of vaccine caused by the delayed arrival of an expected Moderna shipment. Vaccination sites county-wide will slow and, in some cases, will pause with appointments rescheduled. The shipment is expected now on Tuesday. Visit the San Diego County website for details.
Effective 02/11/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
A vaccination super station will open Feb. 12 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. The drive-up and walk-up site, operated by Scripps Health, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday and can ramp up to deliver 5,000 doses daily. Appointments are required.
The COVID-19 vaccination site in San Marcos is now immunizing seniors 65 years of age and older, especially those who do not have access to a computer or someone to assist them.
Effective 02/03/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
The County has opened four vaccination super stations and operates 15 smaller community points of dispensing (or PODs). All County vaccination super stations and PODs require appointments and can be made at vaccinationsuperstationsd.com.
Effective 02/02/21: via CountyNewsCenter.com
San Diegans who qualify and want to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will have one more place to do so when the County opens a vaccination super station on Feb. 2 in La Mesa. The La Mesa site, operated by Sharp HealthCare, will open at the Grossmont Center shopping mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., Suite 212. Appointments are required.