Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Recommendations for Unvaccinated Children

The best way to protect unvaccinated children is to have everyone in your family 5 years or older receive the COVID-19 vaccine*. COVID vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Symptoms

Pediatric symptoms are similar to those for adults and include cough, fever, tiredness, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat and GI symptoms (diarrhea).

Quarantine Recommendations

Anyone with symptoms of COVID should quarantine from others in the household until testing can confirm the diagnosis. Most tests results are returned in 24 to 48 hours. When possible, remove yourself from your family, in a separate room with a bathroom if possible, until you get your results. If this is not possible, wear a mask around your family and maintain three to six feet of distance whenever possible. Family should also wear a mask when you are in the room.

You are considered COVID “cleared” ten days after your first symptom appeared and once you have been fever-free for 24 hours.

How to Get Tested for COVID-19

Doylestown Health’s testing site at 584 W. Swamp Road is open Monday thru Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call 267.810.1820 to make an appointment for testing. Most drugstore chains including CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid offer testing. Call to make an appointment and confirm hours.

*Currently three vaccines are available: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Pfizer is an mRNA vaccine and requires two doses, 21 days apart; Moderna is an mRNA vaccine and requires two doses, 28 days apart; and J&J is a one-dose vaccine.

Currently masking is required when visiting Doylestown Hospital.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may vary by person and range from mild to severe illness. Symptoms of Coronavirus include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • The loss of sense of smell and taste

Screening Tests

Doylestown Health has established a dedicated drive-thru testing site at 584 W. Swamp Road (Route 313) for the screening of COVID-19 or seasonal flu infection.

To schedule a drive-thru test, please call 267.810.1820.

Patients interested in being tested should consult their primary care physician first about the need and appropriateness for a screening test.If you do not have a primary care provider, please visit the Find a Provider section of our website for a complete listing of Doylestown Health Medical Staff primary care providers.

Drive-Thru Testing Location and Hours

Doylestown Health's COVID and Flu Testing site is located at:
584 Swamp Road (Route 313, just south of the intersection with Ferry Road)

Timed reservations are scheduled:
  • Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3p.m.

To schedule please call 267.810.1820 for direct access.

Test Results

Patients who were tested and experiencing even mild symptoms should stay home while awaiting results.

Testing Cost

Federal law requires private insurers, Medicare and Medicaid to cover COVID-19 tests without any cost to the patient and provides funding to support free testing for some people without health insurance, though it does not guarantee access to no-cost tests for the uninsured. In order to bill your insurance, an order from your healthcare provider is required. If you do not have an order from your healthcare provider, we can perform the test for a fee of $125.

Doylestown Health has been a leader, not only throughout this pandemic, but also in the vaccine distribution for our county. Since the very first Pfizer doses of COVID vaccine became available on December 17, 2020, Doylestown Hospital, in collaboration with our physician community and under the direction of the State Department of Health, made the commitment to provide the vaccine to the community in which we serve.

At our peak, Doylestown Health was routinely administering more than 1,000 doses daily, five days a week, allocating over 30,000 employee work hours to this effort. Due to our commitment to serving the community, we are ecstatic to report that we provided more vaccine than any health system in the county.

Doylestown Health has administered more than 70,000 doses to our general community, vulnerable groups (e.g., comorbidities, elderly and socioeconomically vulnerable), children 12 years and older, healthcare workers and our patients. As the local availability and access to vaccines have dramatically increased recently, Doylestown Health has scaled down our vaccine footprint to meet demand and allow the reallocation of resources to our clinical responsibilities.

For available appointments for those 12 years and older, please call 267.810.1820

NOTE: Doylestown Health is not offering vaccines for children under 12 at this time. Parents of children ages 5-11 can contact their pediatrician or family doctor for COVID vaccination information.

While community vaccination has been viewed as our highest priority project, it was only accomplished with the great commitment of the organization and its associates, as it oftentimes created great challenges, while simultaneously maintaining the health system’s breadth of quality services.

We thank everyone in the community and within the organization for their support of these efforts.

Bucks County-Operated COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Information:
https://www.buckscounty.gov/1251/Coronavirus-COVID-19-TestingVaccination
The Bucks County Department of Health runs three walk-in locations to provide COVID vaccine to community members. Please click this link for times and locations of the walk-in clinics in Jamison, Neshaminy Mall and Perkasie.

Doylestown Health – Appointment Only

Initial and booster series to patients 12 years and older
Providing Pfizer, Moderna, J&J vaccines

The Vaccine clinic are open on Wednesdays from 2 to 5:00 pm
Location: Doylestown Hospital Main Lobby first door on left.


Booster Shots

Doylestown Health offers COVID-19 Boosters for all three U.S.-available COVID vaccines. We provide COVID vaccinations to all individuals 12 years and older, consistent with FDA recommendations. Booster shots enhance the strength of the immune response.

Who should get a FIRST booster

The FDA now authorizes FIRST booster vaccinations for Everyone 12 years and older

When to get a FIRST booster

The FDA now authorizes FIRST booster vaccinations for all three U.S.-available COVID vaccines

Moderna and Pfizer:

  • At least 5 months after the primary vaccine series

Janssen (aka Johnson and Johnson)

  • 2 months after the 1st

Which booster can you get

  • Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) are preferred in most situations
  • Teens 12–17 years old may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster

Is there a SECOND booster dose of the COVID vaccine?

There is now a 2nd booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.

Who is eligible for a SECOND booster dose?

  • All individuals 50 years of age and older
  • Individuals 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise

When should I receive my SECOND booster dose?

  • For individuals 50 years and older: can receive the 2nd booster at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
  • For individuals 12 and older with immunocompromising conditions (these are people who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who are living with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise): can receive the 2nd booster dose at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Third Dose in the Primary Vaccination Series

Who Qualifies –

Certain individuals are eligible to receive an additional primary dose of a Moderna or Pfizer COVID vaccine, for 3 doses as part of their primary series (2 primary doses + 1 additional primary dose, not including any boosters). People eligible for an additional primary dose include those with immunocompromising conditions that would be expected to mount a less pronounced antibody response to the vaccine. Adding a third dose of COVID vaccine to the initial vaccine series is for those who have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) to help them get a full response (which may not be possible). This dose can be received at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Do I qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine booster and which one?

To Determine if you are eligible, reference this chart from the FDA

Which primary vaccine series did you complete? Pfizer-BioNTech or Comirnaty Moderna or Spikevax Jansen (J&J)
You may get a single booster dose if: It's been at least 5 months since completing a primary series AND you are age 12+ It's been at least 5 months since completing a primary series AND you are age 18+ It's been at least 2 months since completing primary vaccination AND you are age 18+
If eligible, you may get a single booster dose of: Pfizer-BioNTech*
Moderna
Janssen (J&J)
Moderna
Pfizer-BioNTech
Janssen (J&J)
Janssen (J&J)
Pfizer-BioNTech
Moderna
You may get a second booster dose if: It's been at least 4 months since the first booster dose AND you are age 50+ ORage 12+ with certain kinds of immunocompromise It's been at least 4 months since the first booster dose AND you are age 50+ ORage 18+ with certain kinds of immunocompromise It's been at least 4 months since the first booster dose AND you are age 50+ ORage 18+ with certain kinds of immunocompromise
If eligible, you may get a second booster dose of: Pfizer-BioNTech*
Moderna
Pfizer-BioNTech*
Moderna
Pfizer-BioNTech*
Moderna

*Only Pfizer-BioNTech can be used for first and second booster doses in those ages 12 through 17.

Source: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/do-i-qualify-covid-19-vaccine-booster-and-which-one

You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same time. Experience with other vaccines has shown that the way our bodies develop protection, known as an immune response, and possible side effects after getting vaccinated are generally the same when given alone or with other vaccines.

CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination

NOTE: Please contact your primary care physician to schedule a flu shot.

To obtain a copy of your Doylestown Health COVID-19 vaccination record, please submit your request on the Medical Records page.

COVID Monoclonal antibodies are designed to act like the body’s natural immune response and bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and prevent it from invading human cells.
COVID monoclonal antibodies are available as treatment for COVID-19 for patients at high risk of progression to severe disease who meet specific criteria as defined by the FDA emergency use authorization.

Doylestown Health administers COVID monoclonal antibodies to patients upon referral by a healthcare provider for treatment of COVID-19. There is limited availability. Antibodies are administered at Doylestown Health by appointment only, and must be arranged through a patient’s doctor.

  • Antibodies will not be provided to patients who have not been referred by a doctor.
  • Antibodies will not be provided if a patient does not have an appointment.

If you are currently positive for COVID and would like to know if you qualify, please reach out to your doctor. Below are more details about qualifications and links to FDA Emergency Use Authorization patient fact sheets on COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies. Other locations for COVID monoclonal antibody administration are available through https://covid.infusioncenter.org

COVID monoclonal antibodies have FDA emergency use authorization for patients:

  • Positive for COVID-19 with mild to moderate symptoms
  • Not requiring hospitalization or oxygen due to COVID
  • At high risk for developing severe disease
    • (for example but not a full list: patients over the age of 65 years, or immunocompromised, or pregnant or have organ dysfunction)
  • There are specific scenarios where antibodies may be given to patients with exposure to COVID-19, but not yet positive for the virus.
    • DH does not provide antibodies for patients who are not positive for COVID-19 with symptoms.

FACT SHEET FOR PATIENTS, PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION (EUA) OF CASIRIVIMAB AND IMDEVIMAB FOR CORONAVIRUS DISEASE
https://www.fda.gov/media/143893/download
FACT SHEET FOR PATIENTS, PARENTS, AND CAREGIVERS Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Sotrovimab for the Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.fda.gov/media/149533/download

Guidelines and recommendations from the Department of Health and CDC are updated regularly. Please visit these websites for the most recent information:

For the safety of patients, visitors and staff, Doylestown Hospital has implemented a RESTRICTED visitor policy due to COVID-19. For details, please visit our Visiting a Patient page.

Speak to your physician about the risks and benefits of maintaining your healthcare appointments. For some patients, missing an appointment or postponing a procedure may be detrimental. Please follow your physician’s direction.

Outpatient Services Are Open

Your health and well-being are our highest priority. We have set high standards for safety and are taking every precaution possible when you visit us for outpatient services at Doylestown Health locations.

Doylestown Health Medical Staff providers are now offering telehealth appointments, bringing you safe, effective healthcare in the comfort of your home. Telehealth is the safest option for managing routine healthcare and addressing the challenges of COVID-19, because you don't have to leave your house to see a doctor.

For Telehealth information, please call (215)-345-2200.

Guidelines and recommendations from the Department of Health and CDC are updated regularly. Please visit these websites for the most recent information:

You may also email questions to ContactDH@dh.org. We strive to answer any emails within 24 hours, but please expect a delay during times of high volume. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

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