COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing & Treatment

COVID-19 Vaccine

RIMG is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 and older! 

Who: Any individual 18 years and above.  *Now accepting non-RIMG patients and appointments for 2nd doses if 1st dose was received at another site.*

What: Moderna vaccine (2 appointments, 4 weeks apart)

When: By appointment only Monday – Friday 9am-3pm

Where: Main Office: 1201 Seven Locks Road, Suite 111, Rockville, MD 20854.

How to Schedule: The fastest and most efficient way to schedule is through our online scheduling portal. At this time, we are limited to receive 100 doses per week, but we anticipate to continue to receive weekly shipments. RIMG will automatically schedule your second dose appointment 4 weeks after your first dose appointment at the same time as your first vaccination. *Please make sure you can attend both appointments when scheduling as we do not have flexibility to change second dose appointments.* 

Please complete the pre-vaccination checklist below and bring to your vaccine appointment.

**Already Been Vaccinated?  You Can Now cancel your preregistration for a County-run clinic.**

Where else can I get the Vaccine?

Maryland has recently created: 

  • An online database with local COVID-19 vaccination sites based on location 
  • A telephone-based support line and appointment system for mass vaccination sites designed to assist residents without Internet access. Please call  1-855-MDGOVAX (1-855-634-6829) available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

What is the COVID-19 vaccine?

There are currently three vaccines available in the US: Pfizer,  Moderna & Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). They are available under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Should you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

RIMG strongly recommends that anyone eligible should get any COVID-19 vaccine when available to them. 

Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, director of CDC: “We all know that the more viruses replicate they more they mutate. The more they mutate, the more we’re likely to see dominant variants that could really emerge and become a problem for us. So the best thing that we can do to prevent these, in general, is to have less disease circulating, less virus circulating. And the way to decrease the amount of virus circulating is to get as many people vaccinated as possible, as quickly as possible, and to continue preventive measures like mask wearing and physical distancing. So while a lot needs to happen at the level of scientific institutions and governments, of no less importance is continued adherence to basic public health measures on the part of every individual around the globe.”

Essentially, doing your part by getting vaccinated will help with possible COVID variants and reemergence of disease.

This is a helpful video explaining COVID vaccines and variants.

When can you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

All Marylanders 12 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Currently, Moderna and J&J are approved for age 18 and older and Pfizer is approved for age 12 and older.

COVID-19 Testing & Treatment

If you are currently ill with COVID, have COVID symptoms or need COVID testing, please schedule a virtual visit ASAP. We can discuss your eligibility for treatments such as Monoclonal Antibodies and arrange testing in house with a same day COVID PCR test. 

Please Refer to the CDC website for recommendations on how to proceed after a possible COVID exposure.

There are 2 types of COVID tests available at RIMG: a PCR (Nasal Swab), and the Serum Antibody blood  test (to test for immunity/past exposure).A virtual visit with one of our providers is required prior to testing. 

What do the COVID-19 tests detect?

PCR (Nasal Swab): This test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus. We have a Same-Day PCR test available as of 1/25

Serum Antibody (Blood Test): This test will detect if you have had prior exposure to COVID-19 and/or have built an antibody for the virus from a vaccine. For most viral illnesses, a positive antibody means prior exposure to a virus and some degree of immunity to future infection. As COVID-19 is a novel (new) infection, it is unclear if a positive antibody definitively offers immunity. Despite a positive antibody test, the recommendation is to still practice universal precautions.

*Please note, that the FDA is advising against the use of SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests to evaluate immunity from Covid-19 after vaccination.*

What testing do I need?

PCR Nasal swab:

  • If you are actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea
  •  Asymptomatic travel
  • After COVID-19 exposure

Serum Antibody (Blood Test): 

  • If you previously had COVID-19 symptoms (Fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, body aches) and have recovered after 14 days.
  • If you received a positive test result for COVID-19 and have recovered after 14 days.

How are these tests administered?

PCR  (Nasal Swab): Administered via a nasal swab. Schedule a virtual visit with one of our providers for testing. An order is required. 

PCR testing is being completed at:

  • Suite 216: Drive to the back of our building and park near the black ramp. 
    • *By appointment only* during office hours
    •  There is no access to SUITE 216 through the front of the building
    • Please come at your designated appointment time

Serum Antibody Blood Test: Blood sample taken at a lab. An order is required. 

How long will it take to receive my results and how do I view them?

PCR (Nasal Swab): Your results can be viewed via your patient portal account and you will receive an email/text notification once they are available the same day.  If you prefer a phone call with your results, please let your provider know

Serum Antibody Blood Test: Generally, it will take about 2 days to receive your antibody results. Your results can be viewed via your patient portal account and you will receive an email/text notification once they are available. 

What platform do you use for testing?

Same-Day PCR testing is done via the Cepheid system.

We are performing the Vitros SARS-CoV-2 Total Antibody test in our lab (tests for IgG, IgM and IgA- both active and past infection). This specific antibody test has approval for FDA Emergency Use and has a 100% specificity. If your insurance requires you to go to Labcorp or Quest for lab draws, then we can order through their platform.