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 6 months and up.
GPAM Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Children 6 months old and older:
The doctors and nurse practitioners at Gwinnett Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine recommend children ages 6 months and older be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.
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 3 doses for those in the age group 6 months to 5 years, and two doses minimum 3 weeks apart for those above age 5 with boosters minimum of 6 months after.
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
We are currently finishing up the 3rd dose series for ages under 5 for those that received the 1st and 2nd doses. Gwinnett Pediatrics is no longer offering the vaccine in the office for ages 5 and up. We recommend you go to your local pharmacy or the health department. Visit www.Vaccine.Org to locate where you can get your child vaccinated.
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