COVID-19 Vaccine Q & A

Is Southdale Pediatrics offering COVID vaccine for patients?

Yes, we are offering COVID vaccine for patients ages 5-11. We offer first, second and booster doses

 

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

Our vaccine clinics are being done in partnership with Cub Foods. Cub Foods pharmacists and nurses are helping in our effort to immunize your family.

We will be administering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which is given in a two-dose series, three weeks apart. A booster dose can be given for children ages 5-11 five months after dose #2.

 At this time, we are only offering COVID vaccine appointments in our vaccine clinics and are unable to offer them during well child checks.

Since vaccines are administered by CUB, record of the vaccine will not appear in patient portal or immunization record right away.

Due to staffing and supply constraints, we are unable to offer COVID vaccine to those 12 years of age or older during these clinics.

Two days prior to your appointment, you will receive an email, phone, or text message reminder about your appointment. Please bring a copy of your prescription drug card, which Cub will use to run the vaccine information through your insurance plan.

Please wear a mask in our offices and reschedule your appointment if your child is ill on the day of their appointment. Your child will be asked to wait in our office for 15 minutes after their vaccine is given to monitor for any immediate side effects.

Children ages 5-11 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.

COVID vaccine can be given at any time in respect to other vaccines. There is no need to space COVID vaccine out from flu vaccine.