updates are listed in bold. Last updated 4/20/2021
Dear West Side Pediatrics Families,
With the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, we are excited to finally see a light at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic tunnel. However, until enough people can be vaccinated to reach herd immunity, we need to remain diligent with regards to wearing a mask, social distancing and other infection control strategies. At this time, we do not know if the COVID-19 vaccine prevents a person from transmitting COVID-19 to another person, even though the vaccinated person is protected from getting sick with COVID-19. Because of this, even vaccinated individuals need to continue to wear a mask and social distance.
As of Monday 3/29, the state of Ohio has lowered the age of people able to get the COVID-19 vaccine to 16. West Side Pediatrics has applied to become a provider for the COVID vaccine, but we have not received any details about when or how we would be able to start offering the vaccine. So we would like to help you and your children find other reliable sites/sources for obtaining the COVID vaccine while we are awaiting further instruction.
We expect the Pfizer COVID vaccine to be approved for children as young as 12 soon, with the Moderna COVID vaccine receiving similar approval shortly after. Please continue checking back as we will update this website when that happens.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital is able to offer the vaccine to children 16 and older at this time.
You can also sign up through the Ohio Department of Health: https://gettheshot.coronavirus...
As a reminder - children 16-17 years of age are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine (nothing wrong with Moderna, it just hasn't been approved under 18 yet). If you go through the ODH link, the 2nd page will give you instructions on who to contact to make sure you are getting a site with Pfizer vaccine. The ODH site also has links to a lot of good information to help answer any questions about the vaccine.
If you have any further questions about the vaccine in regards to your child(ren), please call or message us.
Please continue to adhere to the following guidelines:
1. Practice social distancing. Anyone over age 2 should wear a cloth facial covering when in public places. Stay 6 feet away from others you do not live with while in public places.
2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue is not readily available. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand rub (60% alcohol or higher).
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
5. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses.
If you believe anyone in your family has been exposed to COVID-19 or might have COVID-19:
1. Stay calm, stay at home and call your doctor. The incubation period from exposure to symptom onset is 2-14 days. Symptoms include any of the following: cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, fever, chills, body/muscle aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and vomiting.
2. There are now several quarantine options and testing strategies you can follow if you or your child has been exposed to a person with COVID-19. Please call the office to discuss your options if you or your child has been exposed.
3. If anyone in your family is ill and has had a positive COVID-19 test, they should stay at home and isolate until they are fever free x 24 hrs, their symptoms have resolved, and it has been at least 10 days since any of their symptoms started. If they are asymptomatic but have a positive COVID-19 test, they should isolate until it has been 10 days since they were tested.
4. Isolation is for people who are known to be positive for COVID-19 and means staying in a separate room in the house and staying away from other family members. In common areas of the house, both the ill person and the other family members should wear a mask.
5. Most COVID-19 illnesses can be treated at home. There is no curative medication for COVID-19. The treatment is supportive. This means isolation, rest, fluids and over-the-counter fever or pain reducing medications as needed. WSP is open and available to see sick patients both in the Delhi office or via telehealth.
6. Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 are answered by the CDC at the following link:
What we are doing at West Side Pediatrics:
1. Our walk-in clinics and Sunday hours are closed. We are open for our regular office hours Mon-Fri in Taylor Creek and Mon-Sat in Delhi.
2. We have made our Taylor Creek location a WELL ONLY office. No sick visits for contagious illnesses will be scheduled at the Taylor Creek location until further notice. We can also see well patients in the mornings and evenings at our Delhi location. This includes well child exams, pre-ops, mental health visits/med rechecks. This is to ensure our well children can still get their vaccines and check-ups and medication rechecks, without needing to worry about being exposed to sick children or germs. You can also schedule a telehealth visit for a medication recheck appointment if you would prefer.
3. Sick visits for contagious illnesses will be seen in the afternoons and evenings only in the Delhi office or via telehealth at any time of the day.
4. We have separate entrances, bathrooms and hallways of the Delhi office for sick and non-sick patients in the afternoons/evenings. The waiting room is for non-sick patients only. Sick patients will check in over the phone and park in designated spots in the parking lot. Any non-sick patient is also welcome to check-in over the phone from your car at either location, if you prefer to avoid the waiting room.
5. We are no longer screening for COVID-19 exposure or symptoms over the phone. Any patient will be able to have an in-person sick visit in the Delhi location if they desire. Telehealth will still be available but will not be required for any patient.
6. All of our staff are wearing masks all day in both offices. Please wear your own cloth mask to all appointments. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you and your children over age 2 upon arrival. We ask that you wear your mask at all times while in the office. This is for your safety, as well as the safety of our staff, and is in accordance with the current Public Health Orders in the State of Ohio.
7. Testing for COVID-19 is available at WSP! We can test any member of the household, including adults. We will perform the swab at our office and send the swab to Children's Hospital to complete the test. You can also still get testing directly at Children's Hospital, including at the Green Township Location. Results will be available in 24 hrs. WSP will ONLY perform the swab if you have a SICK VISIT here (either in the office or via telehealth). If you call just for an order for a test, this will still be scheduled at Children's Hospital.
8. We are disinfecting all exam rooms and all inanimate objects in exam rooms after every patient. We are also decreasing use of the waiting room. If you prefer, you can call from your car when you arrive to ensure an exam room is ready for you to avoid the waiting room. You will be required to do this if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
Thank you for allowing us to help keep you and your families safe and healthy. Please contact us should you have any questions.
West Side Pediatrics