Vaccinations are a modern medicine success story. They have prevented millions of deaths and devastating complications from infectious illnesses, and are just as important for your preventative care as a healthy diet and exercise. It is a duty and privilege to review the potential benefits and risks of vaccinations with every patient. Since I do not send claims to insurance companies, I charge the cost price of every vaccine I purchase and administer to you. There is no financial profit involved, and I do not have any conflicts of interest with pharmaceutical companies. In order to make vaccinations less expensive, you may get them from the pharmacy (typically a claim is sent to your insurance in this case, so your out of pocket cost is minimal). Alternatively, you may use a health spending/flex savings account at my office or submit a claim yourself to insurance for potential reimbursement.
I do not espouse “alternate” vaccine schedules. I do not write exemptions for vaccines for school-age children unless they have a severe allergy to a vaccine certified by an allergist or have an immunocompromising condition that prevents them receiving certain vaccines.
COVID19 vaccination is safe, effective and free. I do not perform weekly testing to satisfy an employment requirement of unvaccinated patients. I do not write exemptions for COVID19 vaccination for any reason. If you have had a life-threatening allergic reaction to your first dose, please request an exemption letter from an allergist. Getting vaccinated is the utmost gesture of gratitude you could show me and all my colleagues in the healthcare sector who are working to keep you safe during the pandemic. The highest respect you could pay to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have suffered and died as a result of COVID19, those who are disabled by long-term symptoms, and vaccinated individuals whose immune systems are suppressed, is to get yourself vaccinated.