UPDATED 10/17/22 

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Our physicians recommend that RMCC patients receive booster shots, 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 a 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

Adults ages 18+ can get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least four weeks after their second dose. This age group can get a fourth dose at least two months after their third dose.

Adults ages 18+ can get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least four weeks after their second dose. This age group can get a fourth dose at least two months after their third dose.

Adults ages 18+ can get a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least four weeks after their second dose. This age group can get a third dose at least two months after their second dose.

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 is to allow patients to have one visitor with them during a visit with their provider. As of 6/15/22, we will also begin to allow one visitor per patient in the infusion suite, but that is dependent upon space. All visitors must be at least 16 years of age. Please work with the care team at your clinic to ensure there is space and continue to maintain proper social distancing. Patients and visitors may now also help themselves to communal coffee and water.

Based on recent CDC guidelines, medical practices are now allowed to make the use of medical grade facemasks optional in clinics and other medical settings. Therefore, effective 10/17/22, all patients and vaccinated RMCC employees have the choice to not wear a medical grade facemask in our clinics and care settings. However, please note and be respectful of the following exceptions:

  • Staff, providers, and patients still have the right and choice to wear a medical facemask for their own personal protection as desired.
  • If a patient prefers for staff or providers to be masked, we will respect their wishes and wear a mask in close encounters like in an exam room or while administering hands on care.
  • We acknowledge COVID infections are still present in the community and our staff will take the necessary precautions.

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

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 5 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) with symptoms are asked to stay home and follow the return to clinic guidelines.
  • 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.