Lakes Urgent Care continues to provide safe, sanitary and professional urgent care services for our patients in the West Bloomfield and Livonia communities. For all non-COVID related issues, walk-ins are always welcome and no appointment is needed.
An appointment is required for COVID-19 testing at Lakes Urgent Care.
UPDATE: January 20, 2021
According to The State of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/ , the priority right now is to vaccinate health care workers, long term care residents and staff, residents 65 and older, frontline essential workers, childcare and pre-K through high school staff and congregate care facilities.
If you don’t fit into any of these categories, please be patient.
Things are subject to change, but here’s a graphic showing when you could be eligible to get the vaccine:
COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
Do I still need to wear a mask?
Yes. Please continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands. We’re all tired of hearing it, but right now, it’s the best way to stay safe.
Should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?
We strongly recommend that you get vaccinated. It will help protect you from getting COVID-19. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness. By getting vaccinated, you can also protect people around you.
Can the vaccine give me COVID-19?
No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick.
If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?
Yes. The CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.
Can my child get vaccinated for COVID-19?
No. More studies need to be conducted before COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for children aged 16 and younger.
Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
Is it better to get natural immunity to COVID-19 rather than immunity from a vaccine?
No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.
Why do I need two COVID-19 shots?
Currently authorized vaccines, and most vaccines under development, require two doses of vaccine. the first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second shot strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection.
Will the shot hurt or make me sick?
There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If they don’t go away in a week, or if you have more serious symptoms, call your primary care physician or if it’s after hours or you don’t have a primary care physician, contact us at Lakes Urgent Care.
Are there long-term side effects from COVID-19 vaccine?
Because all COVID-19 vaccines are new, it will take more time and more people getting vaccinated to learn about very rare or possible long-term side effects. The good news is, at least 8 weeks’ worth of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all the authorized vaccines, and it’s unusual for vaccine side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after vaccination.
How do I know if COVID-19 vaccine is safe?
All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns. The CDC and the FDA will keep monitoring the vaccines to look for safety issues after they are authorized and in use.
Lakes Urgent Care offers two highly accurate COVID-19 tests:
The viral test indicates if you have a current infection
The antibody test indicates if you had a previous infection*
Test results may be available within 72 hours, but due to the extremely high volume of testing nationally and locally, it may take the lab up to eight days to provide your results in some rare instances.
We will contact you as soon as your results are available.
Please wait at least seven days after your test before you contact us.
This visit is billed to your insurance company. Your insurance company can advise you on out of pocket costs.
We can also perform employee testing at your business location or our office. Call us for details.
You should be tested if you:
- have symptoms of a lower respiratory tract infection, including a significant cough, shortness of breath and fever.
- have come in contact with or suspect you have come in contact with someone you know has contracted COVID-19.
- Or if you think you were exposed or recently recovered from a mild illness and you want to rule out that it was due to COVID-19.
*According to the Centers for Disease Control, the antibody test may not show if you have a current infection, because it can take 1-3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies.
Admission and waiting room policies
We now offer full services at our Livonia office.
Prior to entering, all patients will be pre-screened and any patient who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will enter a separate waiting room and use separate examining rooms. Our Livonia office has separate waiting rooms and we have obtained sufficient personal protection equipment (PPE) to maintain the highest level of health and safety for our patients and staff.
We continue to offer most services at our West Bloomfield office.
Prior to entering, all patients will be pre-screened for COVID-19 exposure and symptoms. Patients who exhibit these symptoms will be given instructions and guidelines at the door.
Patients who do not exhibit these symptoms will be allowed to enter for treatment of most urgent care issues including wound care, basic burn care, eye complaints, abdominal pain (without vomiting or diarrhea), back pain, dermatologic issues, x-ray and initial fracture care, asthma and any other concerns not related to upper respiratory infections or risk of COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Please call us if you have any questions or concerns prior to your visit.
We’ve added new disinfectant and sanitization measures for greater safety
In addition to our usual sanitizing processes, we now also use HVLP (high volume, low pressure) disinfectant sprayers in all our examining rooms to assure complete coverage of all surfaces.
The new sprayed solutions are organic, non-toxic 100% viricidal and bactericidal, and are FDA and CDC approved for the use against and prevention of the virus which causes COVID-19.
In addition to daily deep cleaning, each treatment area, x-ray room and restroom is sprayed after each use. Each patient entering a treatment or diagnostic room will not be exposed to any risks of viral transmission associated with a prior patient visit in that space.
From all of us at Lakes Urgent Care West Bloomfield and Livonia, we are committed to providing you and your family with professional, compassionate medical care in the safest and cleanest environment possible.
Thank you for trusting us with your care.
Dr. Sanford Vieder D.O., F.A.C.O.E.P.
Medical Director, Lakes Urgent Care
What you need to know about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Dr. Sanford Vieder, Medical Director Lakes Urgent Care
If you are not feeling well:
The vast majority, 97-98% or more, of people who contract COVID-19 will just have a mild, flu-like illness, and there is no specific treatment for it.
There is no reason to go to an emergency room or Lakes Urgent Care unless you are having significant breathing difficulties or chest pains. Lakes Urgent Care cannot test for COVID-19. Some hospitals in Michigan are beginning to run tests for COVID-19, but only on patients that are ill enough to require hospitalization.
The vast majority, 97-98% or more, of people who contract the Coronavirus will just have a mild, flu-like illness, and there is no specific treatment for it. An unwarranted visit to a hospital, doctor’s office or urgent care may unnecessarily expose you to the virus and makes it more difficult to treat patients who do need medical attention.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before eating food. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands.
- Avoid handshakes.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect the “high-touch” areas in your home or office, such as door handles.
- Thoroughly clean your personal electronics devices (phone, iPad, computer) with disinfectant wipes.
- Cough into your arm or shoulder.
- Wearing a surgical mask if you are not sick is not helpful. However, if you are sick, wearing a mask will contain the droplets propelled by coughing and sneezing from entering the environment around you.