Our Physicians and Staff at Southern Orthopaedic Specialists have been closely monitoring community and CDC updates regarding COVID-19. For the safety of our patients, our employees and our community, we are following the State of Louisiana Office of Health requirements to limit potential exposure of COVID-19.
During this time, it's very important that you keep your health and the health of others in our community your top priority.
- Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Studies show that vaccines are effective at preventing illness, hospitalization and death, and vaccinated individuals are less likely to spread the virus. The U.S. is sequencing viruses to identify variants, and vaccines are effective against currently circulating variant viruses. While recommendations can change to require masking again for vaccinated individuals, this is less likely when more people are vaccinated since there will be fewer cases and a smaller chance for new spikes in cases or additional variants emerging. People are considered fully vaccinated: • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
- When Should Fully Vaccinated Individuals Mask? There are certain settings where vaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks — either due to close proximity, high turnover of individuals, individuals being at higher risk for severe disease, comingling of individuals from multiple different locations, or co-mingling of individuals with varied vaccination statuses (including settings with children who are too young to be vaccinated). These settings include: • Communal and public transportation and within airports and stations (planes, trains, buses, etc.) • Schools and school buses — including teachers, staff and students • Healthcare settings — including hospitals and long-term care facilities • Correctional facilities — including staff and inmates/detainees/offenders when applicable • Homeless shelters Masks should still be worn where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations. Masks should still be worn in private businesses and workplaces which require them. Fully vaccinated people with conditions or medications that weaken the immune system should consult with their healthcare providers to decide if they should continue taking all precautions (including masking). Fully vaccinated individuals who wish to further reduce risk may choose to continue wearing a mask, especially those in communities with lower vaccination rates and higher rates of disease.
Please remember to wash your hands, wear your mask and maintain proper distancing, together we will get through this. We encourage you to follow the CDC guidelines on their website.