COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A

Is Southdale Pediatrics offering COVID vaccine for patients?

Yes, we are offering first and second doses of COVID vaccine for patients ages 6 months – 5 years.

I can’t find an appointment at Southdale Peds for a COVID vaccine/booster – what should I do? 

Try checking these websites for local vaccine availability.

vaccines.gov

MDH

My child tested positive for COVID-19 – When can they be vaccinated?

Children who have had COVID infection in the past can receive their COVID vaccine if they are 10 days past their positive test results or the start of their symptoms. Children who have had COVID and received monoclonal antibody treatment need to wait 90 days to receive the vaccine.

My child has an illness or an exposure to COVID – When can they be vaccinated?

If a child has an exposure to COVID, they can receive their vaccine as long as they are at least 7 days out from the exposure and have a negative PCR between days 3-5.

If your child has a minor illness with only ONE minor symptoms of COVID they can receive the vaccine at any time. If a child has ONE major or TWO minor symptoms, the child should have a negative PCR test and be feeling better prior to vaccination.

Minor Symptoms: Congestion/runny nose, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, muscle/body aches, fatigue.

Major Symptoms: Fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of smell or taste.

My child turns 12 in between dose 1 and 2 – what now?

If a child turns 12 between dose 1 and 2, the AAP states that they can receive either dose for their second shot. Given that we know the 0.1 mg dose has shown good immune response in trials, Southdale Pediatrics recommends the smaller dose for the second dose. We cannot offer the larger second dose at Southdale Pediatrics.

Do your physicians recommend COVID-19 vaccines for children?

Southdale Ped’s physician viewpoint on the COVID vaccine for children