Covid-19 Protocol

Updated on May 25, 2021


We are currently performing surgery on a normal schedule at Innovãre Hospital. An updated COVID-19 protocol is now in place which changes the testing requirements for those who are fully vaccinated.

As part of our new COVID-19 protocol, unvaccinated patients must take a nasal or throat swab “PCR” test which detects active infections of the virus. It’s important to note that Innovãre Hospital will not accept the results from any test taken more than five days before surgery with the day of surgery counting as the fifth day. This could present a problem for patients who live in areas where laboratories and testing sites are not able to provide the test results within five days. Patients with this issue should plan on arriving in Guadalajara three days before surgery so that the COVID-19 PCR test can be performed and the results received just prior to surgery. In addition to the required PCR testing, a rapid COVID-19 test is currently being administered to all patients at Innovãre Hospital. 

Patients who have been FULLY vaccinated for COVID-19 for at least 15 days prior to surgery will only be required to take a COVID-19 rapid test in Guadalajara. For example, patients who received the Pfizer (BioNTech) or Moderna vaccines need two shots to be considered to be fully vaccinated. Then, 15 days need to pass after the second shot to avoid needing to take a COVID-19 PCR test. Patients who received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine only need one shot and the 15 day period in avoid the PCR test.