COVID-19 Information For Parents
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing to modify some practices in our office in an effort to continue to provide you with safe and effective care.
We absolutely recommend the COVID vaccine for our patients. We believe the vaccine is safe and effective. Only the Pfizer vaccine is currently approved for those who are 12 years and older. Other vaccines are approved and may be available for our patients who are 18 years and older.
At this time, we are not able to administer COVID vaccines in our office. We are, however, able to schedule patients 12 years and older for a COVID vaccine through BJC. These vaccines will be given at 3 locations: the Clayton Avenue building on the BJC campus, the Christian Detrick building on Dunn Road and a site in Ellisville (the Ellisville site is only open on weekends). Please call if you would like us to schedule a vaccine for your child (12 years and older only at this time).
We are happy to schedule these vaccines, but we also encourage our patients to get the COVID vaccine wherever it is most convenient for you. Vaccines are becoming available through many pharmacies, store locations, local health departments and other health systems.
We are extremely excited that vaccines are becoming more available, and we are encouraged by trials that are currently under way for children. We are hopeful that a COVID vaccine will be available to younger age groups over the next few months. As soon as we have information about this, we will post an update on our website and Facebook page.
We are able to offer testing for the SARS-Cov-2 virus, which is the virus associated with COVID-19. Depending on your child’s symptoms and exposure history, we may ask you to schedule a telemedicine appointment or we may ask to see your child in the office. Depending on several factors, we may recommend a rapid test in our office or a send-out PCR test. Rapid test results are available in approximately 15 minutes, while PCR test results are usually available within 2-3 days of testing. If your child is scheduled for a telemedicine visit, you will be advised of a time to drive to our parking lot. Upon arrival, we ask you to call the office and a provider will come to your car to obtain the necessary swabs for the test. Please call our office if your child requires a test for purposes of traveling, and we will notify you if we are able to do this at that particular time.
Office Visits During COVID-19
- As the pandemic evolves, we have implemented changes in our office to allow us to continue to provide safe care to all of our patients. In general, most visits can be accommodated in our office. For everyone’s safety and in attempts to avoid any exposures of well children to sick children, we will continue to ask you to check in from your car and we will call you when your room is ready. Additionally, we will have devoted rooms for sick patients to be seen in, and we will ask any patients with sick symptoms to come through our back door. A staff member will meet patients at the back door.
- In most cases, we will now be conducting visits in office rather than virtually. If it is determined that a telemedicine visit is more appropriate (due to exposure history or other factors), we will ask you to familiarize yourself with the Zoom platform. Zoom is free, HIPAA-compliant and simple to use. Download a Zoom patient guide here. To use this, you will need to download the Zoom application to your phone or computer. You also will need to complete a consent form (PDF, Microsoft Word) to allow us to provide services through these virtual visits.
- We will be accommodating all ages for well visits. We will call you to confirm your well appointments as we always have, and we ask that you report any signs of illness (both you and your child) at that time. Only 1-2 other family members may accompany your child to appointments in the office, and that person must not have any sick symptoms (fever, cough, headache, difficulty breathing).
- We thank you for your cooperation with these new policies and procedures. We are determined to stay up to date with the quickly evolving information and guidelines related to COVID-19, and we will communicate changes on our website and Facebook. If an in-office visit is needed, the following guidelines apply:
- If your child has a well visit scheduled and also has ANY sick symptoms, please let us know.
- If you yourself have sick symptoms, we will not be able to see your child during the morning well hours.
- We ask that only 1-2 other people accompany your child to any appointments.
- When you arrive to the parking lot, please call the office to notify us that you are here. At that time, we will let you know if your room is ready. If the room is not ready, you may wait in your car and we will call you when the room is ready.
- We will continue to screen all patients for symptoms and epidemiological risk factors.