The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have received full approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since October 29, 2021 the FDA also granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. Please call for an appointment. We are currently scheduling on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s of every week. Parents/grandparents of children in our practice also may make an appointment to receive the Pfizer vaccine in our office.
We strongly recommend vaccinating children 5 years and up as it is the best way to overcome this pandemic. Click here to see AAP news about the vaccine. The website www.HealthyChildren.org has an excellent resource with many answers to your questions about the COVID vaccine. Please click here to find out about common side effects of the vaccine, risk of myocarditis, why vaccines are given based on age instead of weight/size, plus answers to many more questions.
We also now offer COVID-19 PCR and rapid antigen testing in our office. PCR results are generally available within 24 hours while the rapid test results are completed within 15 minutes. Please call our office for more information and to schedule an appointment.
All Foster City Pediatrics physicians are offering in-person Well Child Check-ups for children of all ages and we encourage you to schedule one if your baby under 2 years old has not had one in the past 6 months or your older child has not had one in the last 12 months. We also still provide Telemedicine well child visits, Telemedicine sick visits, and phone consultations for a variety of symptoms and illnesses, including review of rashes and injuries. Your insurance will be billed for all telemedicine and phone consultation encounters.
Until further notice, for all sick visits and all well child visits 9 months old and over in the office, please limit the number of people coming in with your child to just one parent and the child. Please also fill out the COVID 19 screening questionnaires within 24 hours of the appointment for all persons who will be accompanying the child.
We are committed to continuing to provide sick visits for patients who need our attention but we urge you to keep your child home if just mildly ill. We are available by phone, telemedicine, and email through the Patient Portal for medical advice.
Our practice has put into effect many strict policies to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff and combat the spread of COVID-19 in our community:
- Temperatures are taken of all patients/parents upon entry to the office.
- All employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- Sick employees are being asked to stay home.
- All exam rooms have medical grade air purifiers.
- We thoroughly disinfect all door handles, exam room surfaces, sink handles and medical equipment prior to each patient.
- We have increased the number of hand sanitizers throughout the office.
- We require all employees and patients over 2 years old to wear masks without ventilation holes during the entire visit.
- We have instated a comprehensive social distancing policy, i.e., our waiting room will remain empty.
- We have removed all magazines, books, and toys in the waiting room and exam rooms.
- Please note: If you know your child or you has been exposed to a confirmed case of coronavirus or you have traveled to one of the high risk countries, please do not walk into our office. Instead, please call us at 650-574-2774 so we can give you appropriate advice.
INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 INFECTION:
We encourage you to visit these sites to obtain up-to-date information regarding the outbreak
CARING FOR YOUR CHILD DURING COVID-19:
- If your children ask about COVID-19, take time to calmly discuss with them the disease in a way they can understand. Read about it by familiarizing yourself with the two websites above. You do not have to offer many details that might sound frightening to them.
- Reassure your children that they are safe. Let them know it’s okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
- Limit your child’s exposure to media coverage of the event. Children might misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Help your children to have a sense of structure even while not physically in school. Talk together about a workable schedule of school work, playtime, and exercise. Try to have at least one family meal each day without screens so you can all talk together. Encourage 20 second breaks from the screen every 20 minutes looking at least 20 feet away to rest the eyes and stand and stretch. Incorporate arts, crafts, music, reading, and other hobbies into your schedule. Weather permitting, make sure they get outside for exercise and fresh air at least one hour per day. Teach them about “social distancing” strategies if outdoors. Also if you have older children, allow each person some “alone time” and personal privacy every day.