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 activity in our area. Due to the high volume of calls related to this, we wrote out a clear recommendation for various scenarios based on current CDC guidelines. PLEASE NOTE: This is just a guideline. If you feel that your child needs testing or you have further medical questions regarding your child, the child will need to be assessed by a provider before tests can be ordered. Please call the office to determine if we need to schedule a telehealth or in-person visit.
If none of these example situations are applicable, please call or send a portal message and speak with our team.
If you are COVID POSITIVE:
- Need to quarantine at home and try to isolate from family members UNTIL:
- 10 days from onset of symptoms AND
- 24 hours fever free AND
- Symptoms improved
- Check temperature daily and monitor symptoms closely. Call us if symptoms are worsening.
- Everyone in the family is then considered "EXPOSED TO COVID POSITIVE" and must start their quarantine as detailed below from the last day they had full contact with a positive family member, (meaning more than 15 minutes within 6 feet distance). See below.
If you were exposed to someone that has tested COVID POSITIVE (with no protection-mask/eyewear) And you have NOT been vaccinated= HIGH RISK
- The safest option is that you should quarantine at home for 14 days, AND wear a mask at home to protect your family. New guidelines suggest that if you are without symptoms, you can end your quarantine after 10 days if you decide to not get tested. Guidelines also state you can shorten your quarantine to 7 days IF you have no symptoms and a negative COVID-19 test was done on day 5-7 of your quarantine period.
- Closely monitor for symptoms, and check daily temps.
- You should be tested if you develop *symptoms or fever.
- If you want a test with no symptoms, it is best to wait for 10 days after exposure to limit a false negative.
- A NEGATIVE TEST DOES NOT SHORTEN YOUR QUARANTINE. You must still follow quarantine guidelines.
EXPOSURE TO POSITIVE CASE IF YOU ARE ALREADY VACCINATED If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19 and you have been fully vaccinated, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.
*SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INFECTION: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of sense of smell or taste, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
If you were exposed to someone that has tested COVID positive with full protection (eye gear, mask, and limited contact) = LOWER RISK. (ex: a doctor performing a test)
- You should continue to closely monitor for symptoms and continue to wear protective equipment and a mask.
- If you develop symptoms, you should be tested and start quarantine.
If you were exposed to someone that "possibly" was exposed to COVID and is awaiting testing:
- You need to ASSUME you were exposed to someone positive and quarantine at home pending those results until you know that that person tested negative.
- If negative, then you can return to practice social distance and wearing masks as recommended to the general public. If positive, see above.
If you develop COVID symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, etc) with NO known exposure:
- You should contact the office and request an evaluation by one of our doctors.
- Depending on your child's symptoms, your provider may recommend that a Covid-19 test or another test be performed.
Any time a new household member gets sick with COVID-19 and you had close contact, you will need to restart your quarantine.
FOR MORE SCENARIOS AND EXAMPLES ON WHO SHOULD BE TESTED, WHEN TO TEST, AND HOW LONG TO QUARANTINE, CHECK OUT DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE CDC WEBSITE HERE.
COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING INFO FOR 12 yr and up.
GPAM Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Children 12 years old and older:
The doctors and nurse practitioners at Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine recommend children ages 12 years and older be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. At this time, only the Pfizer brand vaccine has been approved for ages 12 years and above. The Moderna vaccine is available for ages 18 years and older.
Both vaccines may prevent you from getting COVID-19 infection.
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 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna are vaccines that may prevent COVID-19 disease. They do 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 3 weeks apart.
The Moderna vaccine is given in two doses 1 month 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 12 years old and up. 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?
12 yrs and up to established patients of Gwinnett Pediatrics.
Do I have to schedule an appointment?
Yes, please call the scheduling line at 770-995-0823 OR send a portal message request.
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 Wednesdays and some 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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