COVID19 Vaccine for Children Under 5!

Updated June 22, 2022

Sound Beach Pediatrics is delighted with the news that the COVID19 vaccine has been authorized for use in children under 5 years of age!

We support COVID19 vaccination for children, along with the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For answers to some of the most common questions, please see these informative articles from Yale Medicine & the AAP.

COVID19 vaccine clinics dedicated to children 6 months through 4 years of age are now offered through YNHH and Stamford Hospital.

Click here for an appointment through YNHH

Click here for an appointment at Stamford Hospital 

Happy Summer!!

 

Dr. Katy & The Sound Beach Pediatrics Team

 

Formula Shortage

To Our SBP Families ~

The national formula shortage is causing worry for many families. We are here to help! We have excellent guidance for you from HealthyChildren.org on our SBP Resource Page. We are working with our formula reps to bolster our office supply so we can provide formula to our patients who need it. Please reach out to our office through our patient portal if you need formula urgently.

As with all of the ups and downs of the past 2+ years… we will get through this!!

The Sound Beach Pediatrics Team

 

Child helping his sister with her mask

Updated Office Workflow

As of January 14, 2022

We are currently seeing a surge of sick patients right now, and a surge in COVID19 infections in parallel with what we are seeing across the nation. There are numerous changes in CDC guidelines, and schools and daycare centers in the community are updating their protocols. Sound Beach Pediatrics has also updated our workflow. We remain steadfast in our goal to provide outstanding health care to our families, while simultaneously protecting our patients and our staff from COVID-19 disease transmission.

Office hours remain the same:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:45 am-5:00 pm (closed for lunch 12:30-1:30)
  • Saturdays: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Sundays: closed

Appointments can be scheduled during regular business hours.

All visits:

  • One parent or caretaker per child per visit. We currently allow an exception for newborns through 7 weeks, for both parents to attend.
  • No siblings allowed unless he or she is also being seen for an appointment (ie. double check up, double sick visit). Exceptions made only in urgent circumstances with provider approval.
  • Masks required for all children 2 years and up and all parents and caretakers.
  • Please complete Phreesia Digital Check In prior to your appointment. This includes the COVID19 screening questionnaire.

Well care:

  • Your child must be well and without recent COVID19 exposures (ie. not in quarantine). Please provide honest answers to our COVID19 screening questionnaire to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • All children must be healthy to come to a “face to face” well visit – no fever, no cough, no vomiting/diarrhea. If your child has any symptoms of illness, or COVID19 exposures, please let our front staff know so we can reschedule your well visit.
  • In certain instances, children with mild symptoms of illness (mild nasal congestion) who need a well visit urgently may be seen on the South Side in full PPE, at the discretion of the pediatrician.
  • We encourage children who require vaccinations to come into the office to receive immunizations.

Sick patients:

  • Please call upon your arrival to the parking lot.
  • You will be brought back to an exam room as quickly as possible, to keep the numbers of patients and family members to a minimum.
  • Sick patients will be seen on the South Side. These visits will take place in designated “sick rooms” by providers in full PPE, separately from our well patients.
  • No walk-in visits at this time.
  • Laboratory testing and referrals to the ER will be made as appropriate.
  • For a true emergency, call 911 and go directly to the Emergency Room.

Patients with a known COVID19 exposure or suspected COVID19 infection will be seen initially through a telemedicine visit. We refer these patients to Greenwich Hospital (or Stamford Hospital) for drive up testing. We ask for your understanding as we balance individual patient demands, office safety, and ongoing volatile fluctuations of the pandemic in our community.

Patients with a history of recent COVID19 infection should have a telemedicine visit with us 7 days after the positive test. If our physicians have any concerns, or you would like your child to be seen in our office, we will arrange an in office-visit for your child at the appropriate time.

In addition:

  • Medical advice and medication refills are provided through telemedicine visits​​.
  • Portal messages will be answered generally within 24-48 hours, Monday through Friday.
  • Please call us for urgent matters.
  • Please reserve after hours calls for true emergencies and urgent health matters.
  • As always, please call 911 for a true emergency.

We remain vigilant in ensuring your safety. We remain committed to following recommendations outlined by the CDC, AAP and Yale.

We will continue to make adjustments as the demands of the pandemic continue to change this summer, and into fall and winter. We will keep you informed. All of us at Sound Beach Pediatrics are here to help support your family in the coming months as we face the challenges of the pandemic with you.

Child asking questions

New COVID19 Guidelines & More Questions…

Happy New Year to Our SBP Families!

With the new year has come new and revised guidelines and recommendations related to COVID19 from the CDC. With these changes, many families have felt frustrated and confused. Parents are not alone! Many health care providers across institutions are uneasy about the changes and how to proceed. Pandemic fatigue is widespread. That being said, Sound Beach Pediatrics is working hard to help our families navigate through the Omicron wave and beyond. And fortunately, Omicron infection is proving to be mild for most children and adults.

Here are a few important tips & updates:

Please see our updated COVID19 resource page. It contains valuable links to the CDC’s latest and most relevant guidance in an organized fashion.

If your child has been exposed, tested + for COVID19, or you suspect COVID19 infection, please reach out to our office for an appointment so that we can provide further guidance.

Our pediatric COVID19 follow-up protocol has changed, based on the latest guidelines from the AAP, Yale and CHONY/Columbia.

  • We recommend that all patients who have COVID19 infection schedule a telemedicine visit with us 7 days after their positive test.
  • If our physicians have any concerns, or you would like your child to be seen in our office, we will arrange an in office-visit for your child at the appropriate time.
  • Our physicians will provide you with any necessary clearance letters for daycare or school after the visit. (Our letters can be posted to the patient portal for your convenience).
  • Please reach out to our team at any time if your child develops any worrisome symptoms: chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness or syncope/loss of consciousness.

Please complete our Phreesia digital check in prior to all office visits. This includes our 2022 Policies, Forms and Consents which are important for you to review, as well as our COVID19 screening questionnaire.

We will be sending out a Phreesia correspondence soon to all families, allowing them to complete our annual forms at any time prior to your next visit. This is a new Phreesia feature that we are excited to implement. We encourage you to complete these forms and consents as soon as you receive them, as it will save you time later!

Please reach out with any questions or concerns. We see the resilience in our patients and families and encourage you to keep pushing forward!

 

Dr. Katy and The Sound Beach Pediatrics Team

 

 

Young girl receiving a vaccine

Appointments for COVID19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11 Years

We just received news that Yale New Haven Health (YNHH) will be providing Pfizer’s COVID19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years starting November 7! Schedule your child’s appointment today. Do you have questions? Here is the latest information from the CDC.

Child with a bandage on his arm

Update on Pfizer COVID19 Vaccine for Children

Sound Beach Pediatrics is excited to hear that an FDA advisory committee has voted to recommend emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID19 vaccine for children ages 5-11, with the FDA’s final ruling expected very soon.

Sound Beach Pediatrics advocates for the COVID19 vaccination for children and we intend to provide the vaccine at the practice.

We want to update you on our plans:

  • Sound Beach Pediatrics’ application to provide the COVID19 vaccine is in process.
  • Additional electronic interface requirements must be met in order to provide the COVID19 vaccine from our practice:
    • This interface project is well underway between AthenaHealth (our electronic health record system) and the State of Connecticut.
    • I have communicated with both today, to ensure we are moving forward as efficiently as possible
  • We are making progress daily, committed to providing the vaccine as quickly as possible and in line with our state protocol.

We are also in active communication with Greenwich Hospital (Yale New Haven Health). Today, I spoke with the Chief Medical Officer of Greenwich Hospital, Dr. Karen Santucci. The hospital is expecting a surge in demand for the vaccine once it is available to younger children (ages 5-11 years) and is actively working on solutions to provide the vaccine on a broader scale to children in our community. Sound Beach Pediatrics will continue to work closely with Greenwich Hospital and will provide updates as available.

We believe it is a very pivotal time during the pandemic for children and families. We will keep you posted on news related to Yale New Haven Health’s vaccination program plans, as well as our own.

 

Dr. Katy & The Sound Beach Pediatrics Team

Dr. Alyssa and Dr. Jennifer

Welcome Dr. Alyssa & Dr. Jennifer!

Sound Beach Pediatrics welcomes Dr. Alyssa Schunk & Dr. Jennifer Fenster, our two new wonderful pediatricians! We are thrilled they have joined the SBP Team!

Teen girl receiving COVID vaccine

The Latest Update on COVID19 Vaccination for Children

Good morning!

As many of you know, the FDA has just authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 in the US. As the Washington Post just reported (5/10), this authorization was based on “a trial of nearly 2,300 adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, half of whom received the same two-shot regimen shown effective and safe in adults.”

Sound Beach Pediatrics is thrilled with the expanded offering of the vaccine to younger children. Dr. Henry and I encourage parents to vaccinate children 12 years and above.

We respect that some parents may be uneasy and opt to decline or defer vaccination. But, we strongly believe the benefits of vaccination outweigh any potential risks. The challenges for children during this pandemic, particularly for their mental health, have been tremendous. We are eager to see the pandemic further controlled and our patients’ lives return to normalcy.

In this very early stage, Sound Beach Pediatrics is not a vaccination site. The CT Department of Public Health has provided the following guidance this week:

  • To make an appointment: Log into the CT Vaccine Portal, which allows patients (and parents) to search for a vaccine provider nearest to you. Once results are returned, the locations display what types of vaccines are available at the locations listed, including Pfizer vaccines.
  • Other sites coming soon: Towns and school districts are planning some school-sponsored vaccination clinics. Parents can expect communications from participating school districts, or can reach out to theirs to inquire about available school sponsored clinics.
  • Administration of other vaccinations: The ACIP COVID-19 vaccine clinical considerations currently recommend spacing of 14 days prior to and following any other vaccines. But, please do not delay routine vaccinations for your children.
  • Setting expectations: According to the CT DPH this week, “No additional age expansion for children younger than age 12 years of age is expected prior to the fall of 2021.” Studies in younger children and infants are ongoing.

We will continue to keep you informed of important changes, and we eagerly await the authorization of the use of the COVID19 vaccine in our younger patients. On a personal note, my 17 year-old daughter (photo above) has already received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and my younger children will be soon to follow.

Wishing you good health and Happy Spring!

Dr. Katy and The Sound Beach Pediatrics Team

We have your child's health at heart

New Guidance for Patients with Recent or Prior COVID19 Infection

Dear SBP Families,

 

Dr. Henry and I wanted to reach out with an important update related to children, COVID19, the rare but serious potential for cardiac complications, and new guidance on return to PE and sports clearance. This is an important topic for all parents to understand – so please read on here and also visit our updated COVID19 Resources page.

Current data suggest that a very small proportion of children with COVID19 infection can go on to develop a serious condition called myocarditis (heart muscle inflammation). Symptoms may include chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations or syncope (loss of consciousness).

Fortunately, most children are either asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic with COVID19 infection – this is published widely and is also what we have observed here at Sound Beach Pediatrics since the pandemic began.

Among experts and academic institutions, there is a general consensus that the risk of cardiac complications increases with more significant symptoms of infection. Sound Beach Pediatrics has reviewed the most recent AAP guidelines, as well as guidance from a number of academic medical centers. We are implementing a new protocol for post-COVID19 PE and sports clearance, without age specification given how active school-aged children are.

Moving forward:

  • If your child develops COVID19 infection, we will ask you to fill out our Daily Symptom Checker and to come in to our office for a follow up visit 2 weeks after symptom resolution.
  • Please connect with our office by phone or portal for fever/ fatigue/ chills/ muscle aches lasting 4 days or more.
  • Call us immediately for any symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, or extreme lethargy.

Retrospectively:

  • If your child has had confirmed COVID19 infection (or strongly suspected), please reach out to us and make an appointment to come in for an office visit.
  • We will review your child’s symptom history, perform a physical exam, and guide you on any next steps.

We expect recommendations will evolve as we continue to receive new information related to COVID19 infection and its complications. Sound Beach Pediatrics will keep you informed and continue to work collaboratively with our local schools as well, to ensure best processes.

Please reach out with any concerns. We care deeply for your children and their health and are grateful for the continued trust you place in us.

 

Dr. Katy and The Sound Beach Pediatrics Team

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