COVID-19 Update 11/22/22:
We have received the new Pfizer Covid Bivalent booster vaccine for those ages 5 and up. This vaccine includes protection against the original strain of Sars CoV2 as well as the new Omicron subvariants BA4 and BA 5. Patients and parents in this age group who received their original 2 doses, or a booster at least 2 months ago are eligible for this new booster. Of course, we have the original Covid vaccines for children ages 6 mos and up. The Pfizer vaccine for babies and toddlers (6 months to 4 years old) is a 3-dose series with 3 weeks between dose 1 and dose 2 and 2 months between doses 2 and 3. We also continue to also vaccinate children ages 5 and older for their primary series and their booster shots. All children over the age of 5 are eligible for a booster dose of the vaccine 5 months after their primary series was completed. If your child received their first doses elsewhere, we could still give them their second or booster dose. Please call us or email us at [email protected] to schedule. Click here to view our latest newsletter.
COVID-19 Testing update:
We have an in office rapid antigen test for Covid-19. We can do this test if your child is ill with symptoms or if they have been exposed and are asymptomatic. The results are known within 15 minutes. We also have the ability to continue to send out the PCR tests. The turn-around time for the PCR test is now about 1 business day. Many parents have also asked about antibody testing. This is a blood test to see if your child has antibodies to the novel coronavirus. We are not sure how long those antibodies remain detectable in the bloodstream and so if your child had symptoms consistent with Covid-19, we could order the test but be mindful that the results may or may not provide the information you are seeking.
This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will keep you updated as recommendations change. Thank you for your continued trust in us as your pediatricians. Here are links to the CDC website, GA dept. of health, and the AAP website for parents: