COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
On March 16, 2021, Governor DeWine announced that Ohioans 16 years of age and older will be eligible to start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, March 29, 2021. This is exciting news for our teens! We fully support this initiative and recommend that all eligible people receive the vaccine!
Our practice has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine provider. Now that the age eligibility will be down to 16 years, we plan to take the next necessary steps to make the vaccine available in the office. We don't yet have a timeline of when that would be.
Please be aware that if your older teen has a health condition that already makes them eligible for the vaccine, they can be scheduled now. These health conditions include:
- Sickle cell anemia
- Down syndrome
- Cystic fibrosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Type I diabetes
- Type II diabetes
- People born with severe heart defects, requiring regular specialized medical care
Turner syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, and other severe genetic disorders
- Phenylketonuria (PKU), Tay-Sachs, and other rare, inherited metabolic disorders
- Epilepsy with continuing seizures; hydrocephaly; microcephaly, and other severe neurological disorders
People with severe asthma, who have been hospitalized for this in the past year
- Solid organ transplant candidates and recipients
- Bone marrow transplant recipients
- Alpha and beta thalassemia
- People with end-stage kidney disease
For more COVID-19 Vaccine information from the American Academy of Pediatrics, please visit the following website:
Governor Beshear announced on March 18, 2021 that the state of Kentucky will make COVID-19 vaccine available to adolescents 16-17 years old by April 12, 2021. Their website allows you to explore when and where the vaccine will be available. Again, if your older teen has a health condition, they may be eligible now.
SCHEDULING A COVID-19 VACCINE
There is no single way to schedule yourself or your eligible teen for the COVID-19 vaccine. The following is a list of websites to provide you with information and aid you in scheduling an appointment.
REMEMBER, ONLY THE PFIZER VACCINE
IS CURRENTLY APPROVED FOR PATIENTS 16 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER. IT REQUIRES 2 DOSES OF THE VACCINE, GIVEN 21 DAYS APART, IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE SERIES.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The CDC's site allows people to find vaccine providers using their ZIP code. The site allows you to filter for vaccine type (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) and then shows if a provider has vaccine available.
From there, you will be given a link to check appointment availability for those providers that have vaccine in stock.
Ohio Department of Health
ODH's website has a Vaccine Management Solution tool which will check your eligibility for the vaccine and then provide a list of vaccine sites by location. From there, you will be able to schedule directly or be directed to the provider's website for scheduling
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
The vaccine clinic is in the Sabin Auditorium at Cincinnati Children's Burnet Campus in the Location D building on the first floor.
TriHealth offers vaccine appointments in multiple locations. Starting March 22, 2021, everyone 16 years old and older will be able to schedule prior to the March 29, 2021 eligibility date.
This is an app that allows for both vaccine scheduling and check in with a vaccine provider. Multiple local health departments, including Clermont County Health Department, are using this tool for scheduling. More information can be found on the ArmorVax website, or you can find the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play
Local health department websites also offer county specific information. You can find your local health district with this link and then search for your county:
OFFICE PANDEMIC RESPONSE
- Masks are required to enter all of our offices for everyone aged 5 years of age and older
- We also strongly encourage children aged 2-5 years to wear masks
- Be sure the mask is worn over your nose and mouth and secured under your chin!
- We respectfully request that anyone who feels they are unable to wear a mask refrain from accompanying patients into the office
- If this is not possible, adults requesting a mask exemption must bring documentation from a personal physician or other medical provider
If your child has an appointment scheduled to come into the office for a check up, follow up, or immunization only, please review the following questions on the day of the appointment:
- Has the patient or any accompanying adult(s) experienced any of the following symptoms in the last 48 hours: fever (to 100.4 or higher) or chills, frequent cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?
- Within the past 14 days, has the patient or any accompanying adult(s) been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with a person who is known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or with anyone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19?
- Is the patient or any accompanying adult(s) isolating or quarantining because of possible exposure to a person with COVID-19 or concerned about being sick with COVID-19?
- Is the patient or any accompanying adult(s) currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test?
IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS IS YES, THE APPOINTMENT WILL NEED TO BE RESCHEDULED
My child has COVID-19 symptoms or was exposed to someone with a positive test . . . Now what?
Children with symptoms concerning for COVID-19 or those for which there are concerns or questions after exposure to COVID-19 should be evaluated through an appointment with one of our physicians. Many of these appointments will be via TeleHealth so as to further limit exposures. If necessary, the child will be brought into the office to be evaluated in person.
Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is still important to bring your family into the office for check ups and immunizations. Follow up visits are also essential, as are visits with the doctor when you are concerned that one of your children is ill.
- The Eastgate office is scheduling well and ill children during different blocks of time through the day and evening
- Our Batavia and Loveland offices are for well children only
- TeleHealth visits are available for follow up visits for medical conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, and depressions and for ill visits when appropriate
- A confirmation call is placed the day before any scheduled appointment to quicken the check-in process and allow patients to be escorted to an exam room immediately
- All staff members wear masks in the office at all times, as well as other recommended PPE when appropriate
- Per CDC guidelines, high touch surfaces are cleaned with a bleach solution frequently and exam rooms are sanitized after every visit
- Our office is working diligently to keep our patients and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following document outlines our enhanced office safety measures.
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