We are acutely aware of the stress and upheaval affecting your families during this Coronavirus pandemic. We feel it ourselves! We want you to know that we will continue to be a resource to you in the care of your children, their development, and their overall health.
We know that parents may be challenged both by the epidemic as well as the challenge of helping children navigate their own feelings, a challenge amplified by not knowing how long the crisis will last. Here is a link to a handout entitled HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS.
We and our staff want our patients and families to know that we are here and available to support you. You or your children may have questions. We may not have all the answers, but we will do our best to guide you. (Our office is open. We are also available to chat by phone or employ virtual telehealth visits.) You do not need a medical reason to call us. We want to support you in any way we can.
Please stay in touch!
NEWS ABOUT COVID-19
What are you recommending for COVID vaccinations?
We strongly believe in vaccines and their unparalleled ability to prevent serious disease. We strongly believe that every patient eligible for the COVID vaccine should receive one.
Are you anticipating getting vaccines?
At this time, we do not anticipate that COVID vaccine will be distributed to our office. Quality control issues make larger facilities better enabled to administer the COVID vaccines at this time. We expect that vaccines will be available through pharmacies, hospitals, state locations, and some educational institutions. See https://vaxfinder.mass.gov.
What reasons exist for children to avoid vaccination against COVID?
To our knowledge, the only contraindication to the COVID vaccine is having had a serious or non serious allergic reaction to it, or to a component of it. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html
Which vaccine is best?
There is no best vaccine against COVID. There are advantages and disadvantages to each vaccine, and we do not have a strong preference which vaccine is administered. The Pfizer vaccine, at this time, is approved for individuals less than 18 years.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for children?
From what we know, yes! We know of no known long term consequences originating from COVID vaccine administration. We are recommending that this vaccine be administered to all of our family members as their age cohorts become eligible.