UPDATE NOVEMBER 10, 2021
We are continuing to offer the COVID 19 vaccine for our patients. If you are already on our wait list, thank you for your patience as we continue to secure adequate vaccine and add more clinic days. You will be hearing from us shortly. If you would like to add your name to our call back list, you may call the office, send a message via the patient portal, or send a message via this website ("Contact us" tab)
UPDATES: NOVEMBER 2, 2021:
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old.
Chester Pediatrics plans to offer the COVID vaccine for this age group in our office during specific hours in the afternoon and on Saturdays. You may call the office now to be put on a call back list. You may also send us a message via the patient portal or message through this website ("Contact Us"). If you have previously put your child's name on our list, you will be receiving a call within the next week to schedule an appointment.
Here is a link to the CDC website section on COVID vaccine for children including recommendations and potential side effects from the vaccine.
An article from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) which answers some frequently asked questions:
We are seeing sick patients, including those with possible COVID 19 symptoms as well as those with or without symptoms who have been exposed to COVID 19 at designated times during the morning and afternoon in both our Chester and Courthouse locations. We will continue to provide social distancing which may include seeing your child outside the building if appropriate. This will allow for added protection for both our families and our staff.
We currently offer both in-house "rapid" COVID Ag testing (results within the hour) as well as "send-out" COVID PCR testing (variable return time, currently averaging 2 to 3 days). Your provider will determine which test is appropriate for your child based on symptoms and recent history.
We continue to provide wellness care at both the Courthouse and Chester offices.
We continue to adhere to our best safety practices. These include personal protective equipment for all staff, sanitation in between each patient, keeping our waiting rooms closed, and limiting the number of visitors into our buildings.
Should you have questions about our safety practices or what type of appointment is most appropriate for your child, please give us a call.
When making your appointment:
- The receptionist will ask you a series of questions to help identify what kind of visit would best suit your family, including telehealth visit if appropriate.
- If you are coming to the office, we will ask you to provide the cell phone number of the person bringing your child. When you arrive for your appointment, we will ask you to wait in the car, rather than inside the office, and will call you when we are ready to see you. We ask that anyone aged two and above wear a facemask as is recommended by the CDC.
Answers to some frequently asked questions about COVID 19:
What is considered an exposure to COVID?
Individual who has had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) Note: This is irrespective of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask or whether the contact was wearing respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Person with COVID-19 who has symptoms (in the period from 2 days before symptom onset until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation; can be laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness)
- Person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (laboratory confirmed) but has not had any symptoms (in the 2 days before the date of specimen collection until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation).
What do I need to do if I or my child was exposed?
- Per the CDC, stay home until 14 days after last exposure and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others at all times
- Newer guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health state that you may shorten this quarantine to 7 days after the last exposure if you test negative with either a PCR or antigen test at least 5 days after exposure.
- Self-monitor for symptoms
- Check temperature twice a day
- Watch for fever , cough, or shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
- Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop
When is it Safe to be Around Others after being diagnosed with COVID 19?
If you (or your child) are diagnosed with COVID-19 and have COVID-19 symptoms, you may be around others after these three things have happened:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
- At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and
- Other symptoms have improved.
If you (or your child) are diagnosed with COVID-19 based on a positive viral test but never had symptoms, you may be around others when at least 10 days have passed since your first positive test
Do I (or my child) need to quarantine after exposure if I (or my child) has already had COVID 19?
Per the CDC...People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
Do I (or my child) need to quarantine after exposure if I (or my child) has been vaccinated for COVID 19?
Per the CDC, you are considered fully vaccinated if more than 2 weeks have passed since you received your second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. You do not need to quarantine if you are exposed to COVID 19 but it is recommended that you wear a mask indoors in public places for 14 days after exposure.
For Up To Date COVID information from the CDC, please click on the following links
How to protect yourself https://www.cdc.gov/coronaviru...
Information related to schools and child care facilities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronaviru...
What to do if you have COVID 19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronaviru...