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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

To our Duffy patients:

Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume. Duffy Health Center will resume administering the J&J vaccine and will provide appropriate information to patients upon immunization.

To locate a COVID-19 vaccine site, click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Common Questions & Concerns (English)
Vacina da COVID-19: Perguntas e Duvidas Comuns (Brazilian Portuguese)
Vacuna COVID-19: Preguntas e inquietudes frecuentes (Spanish)
新冠肺炎 (COVID-19) 疫苗常见问题和关注点 (Simplified Chinese)

As more people in our community become vaccinated and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, we recommend reviewing this chart to understand what precautions you should continue to take.

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What to Expect at Duffy Health Center

All patients will be screened at the door by a registered nurse or medical provider prior to entering the main building to minimize possible risk of exposure to our patients and staff to the COVID-19 virus. This screening will be performed using CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health criteria. Only patients who screen negative for potential virus will be permitted into the main building.

Patients who have risk factors for COVID-19 will be further screened to see if they meet criteria for COVID-19 testing. If they do, they will be referred to Cape Cod Healthcare for testing. These patients will not be permitted into Duffy Health Center’s main building.

Patients with symptoms or exposure that do NOT meet testing criteria may be placed in a room to be seen by a provider. They must be masked, and the door to the room must be closed. Only a provider in full personal protective equipment (PPE) will see the patient. If the provider determines that the patient requires COVID-19 testing, they will be referred to Cape Cod Healthcare’s testing site as above. If the provider determines the patient is not a risk for COVID-19, they may be removed from isolation precautions.


Prevention is the best way to avoid getting and transmitting the coronavirus. Simple ways you can reduce your risk are:

  • Wear a mask when in a situation where you cannot keep 6 feet away from others.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill or who may have come in contact with the virus.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

  • Stay at home when you are sick.


If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, please call us at (508) 771-9599 BEFORE COMING TO DUFFY HEALTH CENTER:

  • Fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius)

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Shortness of breath

  • If you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

If you need a same-day or urgent care visit, we ask that you call (508) 771-9599 BEFORE coming to Duffy. You will be asked screening questions that allow us to minimize the risk of exposure to both you and to our patients and staff.

Patients with a low risk of COVID-19 exposure may be scheduled for a same-day appointment. All patients with upper respiratory symptoms will be asked to wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.

Patients with a high risk of COVID-19 exposure are asked to remain at home. We can assist you by telephone with coordinating care and testing for COVID-19 with the Department of Public Health.

Click on the images for information on social distancing, prevention, and testing.


Please visit the links below for more information on COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Duffy Health Center is committed to your health and to the health of our community. We ask that you follow these guidelines to assist us in keeping our community safe.