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Elena from Calgary asks: Is it possible to connect with a Rheumatologist virtually? Or do appointments need to be in person?
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how rheumatology visits happen. While some patients are still being seen in person, many are being seen virtually – either through phone or video (Zoom) appointments. Check with your rheumatologist’s office to see what they are doing, and if a virtual visit is appropriate for you. For more information on virtual visits and how to best prepared, check out our webpage and video.
Norma from Alberta asks: I have stable lupus. Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
Please visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page, which we will keep updating as more information becomes available. At this time (January/2021), there is no information to suggest the currently available COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe for those with lupus or taking any medications for lupus. That applies to all rheumatic conditions, in fact. If you are still not sure after reading the available information, please contact your rheumatologist.
Many people are asking: I have rheumatoid arthritis. Will I be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available?
As we answer this (Dec/2020), we do not fully know the answer yet. It is a complicated question as it relates to both the safety of the vaccine, and how well it works. Safety is really the key part, and because the technology being used to develop the COVID19 vaccines is mostly new, we do not have the experience to know for sure if it’s safe. That said, there is currently no reason to think it won’t be safe, as they are not LIVE vaccines, which are contraindicated for many individuals with arthritis because of the medications they are on. As we get closer to having vaccine available, we expect more data to also come out which will help inform this decision. Stay tuned as we learn more, and check with your rheumatologist for your particular situation.
Jonathan from Calgary asks: Is there any specific advice recommended for rheumatology patients and COVID-19?
Please click here to our page on COVID-19. We will try to keep this information up to date, but the situation remains fluid.