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Can I go to my medical provider to get elective procedures?

This article was updated on May, 27, 2024

Although the government has declared that the Covid-19 pandemic is no longer a public health emergency, there are still various factors to consider when it comes to going to the hospital for an elective procedure, especially for the elderly and others who may be immunocompromised.

Whether you can go to your medical provider for elective procedures depends on several factors, including local COVID-19 conditions, healthcare facility policies, and public health guidelines. Here’s what you need to consider:

Factors to Consider

  1. Local COVID-19 Conditions
    • Community Transmission Rates: High local transmission rates might lead to postponement of elective procedures to conserve healthcare resources for COVID-19 patients.
    • Public Health Orders: Check for any state or local public health orders that might restrict elective procedures during surges in COVID-19 cases.
  2. Healthcare Facility Policies
    • Hospital and Clinic Policies: Each healthcare facility sets its own policies regarding elective procedures. Contact your medical provider or the facility to understand their current protocols.
    • Screening and Testing: Facilities might require COVID-19 screening or testing before elective procedures.
  3. Vaccination and Health Status
    • Vaccination Status: Being vaccinated can reduce the risk of complications from COVID-19, making it safer to undergo elective procedures.
    • Underlying Health Conditions: If you have underlying health conditions that increase your risk for severe COVID-19, your provider may weigh the risks and benefits more carefully.

Steps to Take

  1. Consult Your Medical Provider
    • Discuss your specific situation with your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized advice based on your health status and the current local conditions.
  2. Understand the Risks and Benefits
    • Assess the urgency of the procedure and weigh the potential risks of delaying it against the risks associated with COVID-19 exposure.
  3. Follow Safety Protocols
    • Adhere to all recommended safety protocols, including wearing masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing where applicable.


Yes, you can go to your medical provider for elective procedures if it is deemed safe by your healthcare provider and local health authorities. It’s crucial to stay informed about local COVID-19 conditions and adhere to any specific guidelines provided by your healthcare facility. Always consult your medical provider to discuss the best course of action for your particular situation.

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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