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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the office is changing how we provide medical care to our patients during this difficult time.

We are here to handle your chronic medical problems as well as urgent conditions which may arise, whether related to the current pandemic or not. We do not want you to postpone care for your chronic medical conditions.

If you have an upcoming follow up visit or physical already scheduled, we will not be seeing you in the office. Instead your visit will be conducted by a video-enabled virtual visit or by phone if you do not have computer or smart phone capabilities. Please reserve that time so that your provider can reach you for a virtual visit. Someone from NSIM will call you one to two days prior to assist in setting this up and to review your medications, and any preventive medical needs.

See other documents on this web page to find instructions for downloading the Healow app on your smart phone. The Healow app is a great resource and is the easiest way for you to do a video visit, and message your provider.

We will be billing your insurance company for any time the provider spends with you whether video visit, phone call or web message. There will be no cost to you for copays.

If you have an urgent problem, please call us and a provider will call you back to help you. If we feel that you need to be seen in the office, we have a limited number of providers who are seeing patients in the office by scheduled appointment starting 8am to 1:30pm Monday thru Friday for non-respiratory issues.

We will not have walk in hours – please call the office first.

If you have any respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, or nasal congestion, please call us and a provider will evaluate you over the phone and determine your need for an office visit or testing. All visits for respiratory illnesses will take place in a heated tent in the parking lot behind our building and are by appointment only.

At times of communal stress like this, reaching out to friends and family with encouragement and support helps both the giver and the receiver. We need to stay connected!

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Coronavirus Update

In an effort to prevent seasonal viral infections, including COVID-19 (Coronavirus), in our community, Ninth Street Internal Medicine is requesting that if you are experiencing symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fever, please call the office immediately at (215) 440-8681. We have special appointment times available for patients with these symptoms to minimize the risk of exposure for the rest of our patients.

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Coronavirus fact sheet

Coronavirus fact sheet if you are sick

COVID-19 Vaccine


We are pleased to announce that NSIM is partnering with Centennial Pharmacy Services to administer COVID vaccine shots in our office. We have worked closely with Centennial Pharmacy Services for many years and they are a trusted partner.

We do not know when our first doses of vaccine will arrive nor do we know how many doses we will get on a weekly basis. The number of people who want the vaccine is far greater than the supply Philadelphia receives weekly from the federal government.  We are following the Philadelphia Health Department prioritization phases in administering the vaccine. We anticipate it will take at least until the end of May or longer before the city has vaccinated all people over 65, those with chronic medical conditions, and those working in occupations essential to our economy.

If you want to receive the vaccine in our office when we receive a supply:

Register your interest

You will complete and submit a questionnaire. The information you submit is confidential and the only people who have access to it are the staff of NSIM and Centennial Pharmacy. It will be used only for the purpose of COVID vaccine administration and not for any marketing purposes or sold to any other entity. Once we know that we are receiving the vaccine, you will be contacted about an appointment time by Centennial Pharmacy either by text message, email, or phone (depending on your contact preference).

WE URGE ALL OF OUR PATIENTS TO GET THE VACCINE.

If you have any concerns about the safety, effectiveness, rapidity of development or other issues regarding the COVID vaccines, please contact your primary care provider at NSIM.

Please be patient. No one will be truly safe until everyone in our country who desires the vaccine has received it.  Please continue to wear your mask when outside of your home, maintain social distance, wash your hands, and follow other guidelines from the health department and CDC. Once you receive the vaccine, you will need to strictly maintain these precautions at all times until our public health officials tell us otherwise.

Call us (215) 440-8681  | View COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Info