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In this Week's Issue

  • COVID Vaccines for Physicians
  • BCMS COVID-19 Vaccination Survey
  • DSHS COVID-19 Information Page
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Phase 1B Definition
  • Enrollment, Administration, and Reporting 
  • Have You Received Your COVID-19 Vaccination? 
  • Governor Abbott's Executive Order
  • Webinars to Troubleshoot ImmTrac2 Errors for COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Free PPE Supplies
  • BCMS COVID-19 Resources Page




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Important Physician News and Deadlines


COVID Vaccines for Physicians
BCMS continues to work with pharmacies and hospitals to coordinate COVID-19 vaccinations for physicians and their front-line staff who do not have access to COVID vaccinations through a hospital where they are privileged. For the latest information about this effort, click here.

BCMS COVID-19 Vaccination Survey
Have you gotten your COVID-19 vaccine? Take survey

DSHS COVID-19 Information Page
Texas continues to receive doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, and is distributing statewide to hospitals, pharmacies, local health departments, freestanding ERs and other clinics. Who’s getting the vaccine now? If you are a front-line healthcare worker or resident of a long-term care facility, you are eligible now to receive the vaccine. This group is considered Phase 1A. View Phase 1A Information. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Phase 1B Definition
In Texas, Phase 1B of vaccination will focus on people for whom there is strong and consistent evidence that COVID-19 makes them more likely to become very sick or die. As Texas progresses into Phase 1B in the coming weeks, the state will work with vaccine providers and local partners to ensure that people who are 65 and older or have the medical conditions and who also work in front-line and critical industries have access to the vaccine so they will be protected from COVID-19 while on the job. Continue reading

Enrollment, Administration, and Reporting 
To administer COVID-19 vaccines, qualified physicians and practices must register with DSHS’ COVID-19 Immunization Program Portal, which will also prompt the required enrollment for physicians into ImmTrac2, the state’s vaccine registry.
COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Requirements (DSHS)
TMA COVID-19 Vaccine Administrator Checklist
COVID-19 Vaccine Management Resources

Have You Received Your COVID-19 Vaccination? 
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. How to register.  

Governor Abbott's Executive Order
Bexar County officials announced Monday that the county’s businesses now operating at 75% capacity will have to cut back to 50% capacity and all bars must close due to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the region. There is no occupancy limits for churches, local government operations. In addition to reducing capacity to 50% and bar closures, all elective surgeries are also suspended, effective immediately. Continue reading.

Webinars to Troubleshoot ImmTrac2 Errors for COVID-19 Vaccine
State health officials have scheduled several live webinars designed to help address common errors and data quality issues when reporting COVID-19 vaccine information to ImmTrac2, the state’s vaccine registry. The webinars are scheduled for Dec. 31, Jan. 11, and Jan. 15. Register here.

Free PPE Supplies
Need PPE for your practice? Let us help! Physician practices in need of PPE, please click here to indicate your PPE needs. Requests are filled as donated supplies are available.



Upcoming Community Events

BCMS Mobile Blood Drive
January 6 │ 11 am- 4 pm │Register
 Donations are by appointment only

SAMGMA Management 101
January 19 │ 7:30 am │Register
Grab a cup of coffee and join us for our Management 101 meeting via Zoom.
Penny Crow, MS, SHRM-SCP, RHIA from the Brittain Kalish Group LLC will
present “Delegation and Accountability”.

 Critical Illness Recovery in Patients with
Persistent Symptoms “Long” after Acute COVID-19

January 20 │ 5 pm- 6 pm │Register
Presented by: Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.  
 This live activity up to a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

2021TMA Winter Conference
January 29-30 │ All Day │Register



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