UPDATED 4/1/22 

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Our physicians recommend that RMCC patients receive the booster shot, especially if they meet the CDC guidelines for being immunocompromised. People who are immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. However, everyone ages 18 years and older, including immunocompromised people, should get a booster shot. If you are eligible for an additional primary shot, you should get this dose first before you get a booster shot. RMCC will not be scheduling or administering the vaccine.

 If you answer yes to any of the below questions, you qualify as immunocompromised: 

  • History of transplant in the last two years
  • Received chemotherapy treatment in the last two months
  • Received treatment for a hematologic malignancy in the last two years
  • Currently receiving treatment with immunosuppressive medications such as: Tysabri, Entyvio, Remicade, Ocrevus

 

Eligibility for COVID-19 Booster Shots

IF YOU RECEIVED

Pfizer-BioNTech

IF YOU RECEIVED

Moderna

IF YOU RECEIVED

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

  • Teens ages 16–17 can only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shot
  • People age 18+ should get a booster shot of any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States

Given 5 months after additional primary shot

People age 18+ should get a booster shot of any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States

Given 6 months after additional primary shot

People age 18+ should get a booster shot of any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States

Given 2 months after 1st shot

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines for immunocompromised people, please visit the CDC website here.

Current RMCC Guidelines

To the patients of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers - please read this notice for reminders pertaining to our COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. 

The current visitor policy to allow patients to have one visitor with them during a visit with their provider. The visitor policy remains unchanged for all other areas of the clinic, including the infusion suite where it can otherwise be difficult to maintain proper social distancing. We no longer require temperature taking as part of our screening process, but screeners will continue to ask and document the symptom and COVID-19 testing related questions. Patients and visitors may now also help themselves to communal coffee and water.

Please understand that we serve a highly compromised patient population, and it is our joint responsibility to provide the safest environment possible. We require face masks to be worn by everyone who enters our facilities. Per CDC recommendations, masks with exhalation valves or vents, or neck gaiters/buffs are NOT allowed. While every effort has been made to keep our facilities clean and safe, by entering you acknowledge that there is a minimal risk of being exposed to COVID-19.

If you are not feeling well and suspect you may have COVID-19, please call your PCP immediately.

Please call your RMCC office before coming to your appointment if any of the following apply:

  • You have any of these symptoms: cough, fever, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell
  • You may have been exposed to COVID-19

The following restrictions continue:

  • To ensure your safety, the safety of other patients, and that of our staff, we are pre-screening everyone who enters our facilities.
  • After an assessment, if you have symptoms that point to COVID-19, you will be instructed on next steps, up to, and including, quarantine measures based on current CDC recommendations.
  • To promote social distancing, no one other than patients will be allowed in the facility (special exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis, and a single visitor for provider visits as outlined above). 
  • No children under the age of 18 will be allowed into RMCC's facilities until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance.

Timothy Murphy, MD, FACP
Practice President

Glenn Balasky
Executive Director


Patient Return to Clinic Guidelines

Scenario

Patient Action

Tested Positive for COVID-19
Self-quarantine at home and return to clinic (vaccinated or unvaccinated) after:
  • at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared
  • 24 hours have passed since their last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • symptoms have improved
Symptoms Present
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Fever
  • Runny Nose
  • Fatigue
  • Repeated Shaking with Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • New Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
If you were tested, you must stay home until you have results.
 
If you were not tested, you may return to the clinic with clearance from your provider if symptoms are resolving.
 
You should consider testing if symptoms persist for greater than 5 days.
No Symptoms, High Risk, and Same Household Exposure to Someone with Confirmed COVID-19
If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine unless symptoms develop.
 
If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are asymptomatic, you do need to be tested and may enter the clinic with a mask.
 
If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated, asymptomatic, and have a COVID test pending, you may enter the clinic wearing a mask with RMCC provider approval.
 
If you are unvaccinated, you should quarantine.

RMCC does not allow home COVID tests for patients with symptoms stating they are negative. We also do not require proof of negative tests after testing positive once the quarantine timeframe has been met. If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain, pressure in your chest, confusion, or the inability to eat or drink, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

For more information on COVID-19 quarantine guidelines, please visit the CDC website here.

Steps We Are Taking to Prevent Exposure

Steps we are taking to safeguard everyone (patients and staff alike) from exposure include, but are not limited to:

  • We are following all CDC and Colorado Department of Health regulations.
  • All clinics are cleaned regularly and high traffic areas are cleaned throughout the day. Exam rooms are sanitized between patients.
  • Everyone (patients, visitors, and staff) is being pre-screened prior to entering the building. Anyone with symptoms is turned away at the door.
  • We have removed all newspapers, candy, coffee, and water dispensers.
  • Providers are standing up to six feet away from patients when physical contact is not necessary.
  • Most providers are now offering telemedicine appointments, when possible.
  • Staff members that are able to work from home have been asked to do so.

General Information from the CDC

We are monitoring COVID-19 closely, and you can find the latest information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) below.