On this page, you will find our office guidelines regarding Covid-19 as well as info on how to schedule your child for a Covid vaccine.
COVID - 19 Office Guideline
- Everyone over 2 years of age MUST wear a mask to enter the office and throughout the visit. Masks with exhalation valves and gaiters are not permitted for use in the office. Please wear a surgical or cloth mask that covers the nose and mouth.
If your child or the adult bringing your child to the appointment has any sick symptoms, has had exposure to someone with coronavirus, or is waiting for a COVID test result then please call the office to reschedule the checkup.
We have recently seen an increase in COVID-19 activity in our area. Due to the high volume of calls related to this, we have provided links to the CDC and GA Department of Health that outline recommendations for quarantine and isolation guidelines related to COVID-19.
If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then please follow the quarantine guidelines:
If you have tested positive for the COVID-19 infection, please follow these isolation guidelines:
COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING INFO FOR 5 yr and up.
GPAM Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Children 5 years old and older:
The doctors and nurse practitioners at Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine recommend children ages 5 years and older be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. At this time, only the Pfizer brand vaccine has been approved for ages 5 years and above.
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. This is a new virus not seen before that is primarily a respiratory illness. Those who contract COVID-19 could have a wide variety of symptoms from none to severe disease and even death.
The Covid-19 Vaccine does NOT contain any virus and CANNOT give you COVID-19. The vaccines are safe to give if breastfeeding.
WHO SHOULD NOT GET THE VACCINE:
· Anyone who has had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
· Anyone who has a history of a severe allergic reaction to the ingredients in the vaccine (polyethylene glycol)
WHO SHOULD TALK TO THEIR PROVIDER BEFORE GETTING THE VACCINE:
· Anyone that is immunocompromised or on medication that affects your immune system
· Anyone with a bleeding disorder or on a blood thinner
· Anyone that is currently sick with a fever
· Anyone with a history of a multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children after COVID-19 infection
HOW IS THE VACCINE GIVEN:
The Pfizer vaccine is given in two doses minimum 3 weeks apart.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF THE PFIZER AND MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE?
There is a remote chance that the vaccines could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:
· Difficulty breathing
· Swelling of your face and throat
· A fast heartbeat
· A bad rash all over your body
· Dizziness and weakness
Possible side effects from the vaccines include:
· Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness
· General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever
We hope this provides some clarity on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and how strongly we feel that all children and adolescents that are eligible for them should get it. If you have further questions or concerns, we are happy to provide counseling through a telehealth appointment.
COVID-19 VACCINE AT GPAM
Gwinnett Pediatrics is excited to announce we have the Pfizer vaccine for our patients 5-11 years old. Unfortunately, we no longer have the vaccine for ages 12 and up. We do recommend vaccination for children 12 and up, you can go to the health department or the local pharmacy. It is both safe and effective at preventing COVID-19. Due to proper storage and dispensing of the vaccine as well as staffing, we will only be offering the vaccine in our Lawrenceville office on designated Covid Vaccine Clinic days.
Come take your vaccine selfie at GPAM. Do it for yourself, your loved ones, and your community. Call us today to schedule your vaccine at 770-995-0823.
Which vaccine does GPAM have?
Who can get it?
Children 5-11 yr of age who are established patients of Gwinnett Pediatrics.
Do I have to schedule an appointment?
Yes, please call the scheduling line at 770-995-0823.
Do you have it in all offices?
Due to proper storage and dispensing, at this time, we only have it in our Lawrenceville office.
Can I get the vaccine while in the office for something else?
No, the Covid-19 vaccine will only be scheduled and administered during the designated vaccine clinic. We are currently offering it on Tuesdays.
Do I have to get both doses of vaccine at GPAM?
No, we can do your second dose at GPAM even if you got the first one elsewhere. You just need to bring your vaccine card along to ensure it has been 21 days. Also, if you get your first dose with GPAM you are welcome to get the second one anywhere else Pfizer vaccine is provided as long as it's 21 days after the first dose.
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