Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updates on the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health’s Order on Vaccine Distribution

Vaccination of community healthcare workers

Jefferson Health is preparing to implement plans in Montgomery and Bucks Counties in response to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health’s Order, effective January 6, directing and allowing Pennsylvania hospitals outside Philadelphia County to allocate 10% of their vaccine supplies to certain community healthcare workers. Those healthcare workers are defined as individuals who work in a paid or unpaid capacity in a healthcare setting, and in a role that carries the potential for direct or indirect exposure to COVID-19 patients or COVID-19 infectious materials.

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If you live or work in Montgomery County or Bucks County, meet the eligibility criteria above and are interested in receiving a vaccination through Jefferson against COVID-19, please fill out this form.

Community healthcare workers may also access timely information about the vaccine and vaccine distribution on the following websites:

    We, like hospitals and health systems across the country, are rapidly and carefully implementing plans to vaccinate front-line and other health care providers, both inside and external to Jefferson, as well as our employees and community members, in accordance with carefully established distribution plans and as approved vaccine becomes available from the federal government.

    In accordance with guidance from the CDC and state agencies, we are utilizing a tiered vaccination approach that emphasizes safety and equity and includes plans ultimately to vaccinate all clinical and non-clinical personnel.

    Please visit this site for emerging information about how to access the vaccine at Jefferson Health. We will regularly update this site and our social media channels.

During normal times, Magee Rehabilitation – Jefferson Health openly welcomes families and guests who want to connect with and comfort patients receiving care. We understand how important this is to you and to them as they heal and feel supported during their recovery.

The pandemic has presented all of us with some new challenges, and while we’re fully committed to providing patient and family-centered care, we must also ensure the safety of everyone entering our facilities.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. Our goal is to protect you, your loved ones and our staff. Patient and public safety are always our top priorities.

Please note: If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can use JeffConnect® for a telehealth consult with a Jefferson Health doctor anytime, anywhere through your cell phone, tablet, or computer with a webcam. Plan ahead and be ready – read the CDC’s resource list for your household.

Do you need food, medical care, housing, transportation or other services? Check out our searchable database– the Jefferson Health Community Resource– for services close to you.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Jefferson Health is committed to the health and safety of our patients. Currently, we are awaiting directions from federal and regional authorities on their plans for vaccine distribution to the public. Jefferson is actively preparing for patient vaccination and will evaluate whatever vaccine we receive for its safety and efficacy. Due to the evolving nature of vaccine supplies, we ask that you not contact your doctor’s office at this time regarding the availability of COVID vaccines.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, please visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions.

HOSPITAL VISITOR AND PATIENT POLICY

Please know that every patient is unique — as is the circumstance surrounding their care. Our care teams will always compassionately consider those circumstances when making decisions about visitor/ family presence.

Inpatient Guidelines: Visiting non-coronavirus patients

Visiting hours: 11 am to 8 pm daily.

Each Magee patient is permitted one visitor at a time in the building, except in the following cases:

  • No visitors under the age of 18 at this time.
  • No pet visitation is allowed at this time.
  • No visitors are permitted for patients who are COVID positive, other than the day of the admission and for scheduled family teaching and day of discharge. Full PPE must be worn for any visit.

It is important to be aware that visitor guidelines change continuously based on state, county and local hospital guidance and recommendations. We will be reviewing guidelines at regular intervals and will update this policy accordingly.

Visitors will be screened at the front desk every time they visit Magee. Visitors will need to attest to their health and to NOT having traveled to a high risk area (as defined by the CDC) in the last 14 days. A Magee-issued visitor badge serves as the indication that the visitor was screened and permitted to visit. If any questions are of concern, visitation will be denied at that time.

If you are COVID positive or are being tested for COVID we will ask you to delay your visit until you have met clearance protocols as per the CDC

Visitors will be issued a face mask upon entering Magee Rehabilitation. The Magee issued face mask must be worn at all times while in the building. Your mask must cover your nose and mouth. As we are seeing cases of COVID increase, it is extremely important that mask wearing be strictly followed especially while inside the patient room. Other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided based on the patient’s status. If you are unable to wear a mask for protection, you should not visit our facilities. Your safety and the safety of others is really important. If you are unable to visit a patient in person, our staff can help set up a video visit with the patient through the use of technology.

Visitors are limited to the patient’s room, the cafeteria and to use of a public bathroom. For those patients who have a green tag and are allowed to go to the 6th floor independently, their one visitor may accompany them to the rooftop, and continue to practice social distancing and wear their Magee procedure mask at all times. 

Visitors are not permitted in the therapy gyms or other public spaces, such as the rooftop, art therapy studio, greenhouse, etc., except for scheduled teaching or caregiver purposes. One Parent/Guardian of an under-aged patient may accompany the patient to all activities.

Visitors are expected to eat in the cafeteria if they choose to eat while in the building, and not in the patient room, because the mask should not be removed for any reason while with the patient.

Only one visitor may wait to see a patient in designated wait areas of the lobby distanced from one another; all others must wait outside the building.

No visitation sessions are allowed in the lobby; patients may not go to lobby to congregate with visitors. As noted above, visitors are expected to not congregate in the lobby.

When you are in our facilities we ask that you please wash your hands often or frequently use hand sanitizer and limit touching surfaces in patient care areas.

In order to continue to protect our patients and staff; you will be asked to leave if we find that you are not wearing your mask appropriately or following the visitor policy as outlined. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate through this pandemic.

Outpatient Guidelines

  • Protective masks will be issued to patients when arriving to their scheduled appointment, if they do not already have one in place.
  • As mentioned above you must wear the hospital approved face covering at all times that covers your nose and mouth
  • We ask that only one caregiver accompany a patient to the appointment and only when necessary.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 permitted in patient care areas.

Last Updated: 08/11/2021