- Ohio AAP Family Resource Guide for COVID-19 Updates listed in bold. Last updated 1/8/22.
Dear West Side Pediatrics Families,
We strongly believe in the science behind vaccinations, including the COVID-19 vaccines. All of our staff are vaccinated for COVID-19 and we will all continue to wear appropriate PPE. We encourage all our eligible patients to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as well. If you have questions about the vaccine, please ask one of our providers for more information and guidance.
As of 11/3/21, the COVID-19 vaccine is approved for children down to age 5. As of 1/5/22, children aged 12 and over are approved for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Booster doses are recommended 5 months after your second vaccine. West Side Pediatrics has the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, both the Pediatric dose for ages 5-11 and the adult dose for ages 12 and up. We are offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in the Delhi office by appointment only. Please call to schedule your child's vaccine.
Cincinnati Children's Hospital is also able to offer the vaccine to children 5 and older. For more information on that, click here:
You can also find community locations offering the COVID-19 vaccine through the Ohio Department of Health: https://gettheshot.coronavirus...
As a reminder - children 5-17 years of age are only eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines (Pediatric dose vaccine for ages 5-11 and Adult dose vaccine for ages 12-17). There is nothing wrong with the other brands, they just haven'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. Wearing a mask is optional in most public places for vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear a mask in public. Most healthcare facilities, including WSP continue to recommend ...a mask for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
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.
6. What to do if you test positive for COVID-19?
Children 2 and over who can reliably wear a mask:
If you are ASYMPTOMATIC: Isolate yourself at home for 5 days after your test day. Then, wear a mask in public places and around other people for the next 5 days.
If you are SYMPTOMATIC: Isolate yourself at home for at least 5 days after your symptoms start. If after 5 days you have been without fever for 24 hrs without medication and your other symptoms are improving, you can end your isolation and wear a mask in public places and around other people for 5 more days. The CDC does not recommend taking a rapid test before ending the isolation period; the at home test can remain positive on average for 5 to 7 days but for up to 6 weeks or longer.
Children under age 2 or who cannot reliably wear a mask over their nose and mouth:
Isolate at home for 10 days after the first day of symptoms. (The first day of symptoms counts as day 0. Isolate through day 10 and return to the public on day 11.)
7. What if I am exposed to someone who tested positive?
If you have received a booster shot, completed your primary mRNA COVID vaccine 2-dose series less than 6 months ago, or received a single Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine less than 2 months ago:
The CDC says you do not need to quarantine after potential exposure. Wear a mask in public places and around other people and get tested 5 days after being exposed or if you develop symptoms. You should continue to wear a mask in public places and around other people for 10 days after your exposure, even if you test negative. If your exposure is to a child who has tested positive in your home, they need to isolate away from other family members, as best as possible. All household members are considered close exposed contacts. The last/most recent day you are exposed to someone with COVID during their contagious period (1-2 days before symptoms start through 5 days after symptoms start) counts as day 0.
If you are unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated against COVID:
Quarantine at home for 5 days after your exposure and then get tested. Wear a mask around other people for 10 days, even if your test is negative. Re-test if you develop any symptoms.
Children under age 2 or who cannot reliably wear a mask over their nose and mouth:
Quarantine at home for 10 days after the date of exposure (day 0) and return to the public on day 11. Your child should get tested if they develop symptoms of COVID during their quarantine period.
8. What does it mean to isolate?
Try to separate yourself from people as much as possible, stay in your room away from other household members even for meals. Someone should deliver food to your bedroom door. Designate one bathroom for the infected person if you have more than one bathroom. After using a shared bathroom disinfect the toilet seat and handle as well as the faucet handles, soap dispenser, countertop and light switch. Close the toilet lid before you flush. Turn on the exhaust fan and open windows (if weather allows) to improve ventilation in shared areas. If the infected person is a child over age 2, then both the infected person and the caregiver should wear a mask when the caregiver enters the room and open the window if possible. If others are in the house wear a high-quality mask when you leave your room. Everyone over age 2 should mask up in shared spaces. The most important thing is keeping people from breathing air that is filled with germs.
9. Who do I notify that I tested positive?
Anyone with whom you spent time going back 2 days before you got tested or your symptoms started. The CDC defines a close contact as someone who was less than 6 feet from you for 15 minutes or more.
10. I have already had Covid. Am I at risk for reinfection?
Yes. The degree of protection you get from previous infection varies widely. Early studies suggest antibodies from past COVID infections are not a strong defense against the Omicron variant of COVID.
11. A note on testing: Rapid tests are acceptable. PCR tests take longer but are more sensitive/accurate.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 are answered by the CDC at the following link:
What we are doing at West Side Pediatrics:
1. We are open for our regular office hours Mon-Fri in Taylor Creek and Mon-Sat in Delhi.
2. We are now seeing both well and sick patients in both the Delhi and Taylor Creek locations during all of our office hours!
3. We have separate entrances for well and sick children in both offices. The waiting room is for well patients only.
4. Sick patients will check in over the phone at the time you make your appointment. Call the office to let us know you have arrived when you are in the parking lot. We will call you back when we have your exam room ready and a medical assistant will meet you at the back door to escort you to your exam room.
5. Any patient will be able to have an in-person sick visit in either location, even if they have suspected or known COVID-19, if they desire. Telehealth will still be available but will not be required for any patient. If you or your child has known COVID-19, you will need to reschedule your well visit or other non-sick visit until the family is out of the quarantine period.
6. Please continue to wear a mask at all ill appointments; let a staff member know if you/your child needs a mask when you check-in. During visits that are not for an ill complaint, face masks will now be voluntary. The staff and providers may continue to wear masks at all visits.
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 either Mobility Health in Mason, OH or Cincinnati 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 24-48 hrs. WSP is now also offering COVID-19 testing both during an office visit, or without an office visit in your car if you do not think your child needs to see a provider. Call the office to schedule an office visit or an in-car COVID-19 test.
8. We are disinfecting all exam rooms and all inanimate objects in exam rooms after every patient (sick or well). We are also decreasing use of the waiting room. Even if your child is well, you can call from your car when you arrive to ensure an exam room is ready for you to avoid the waiting room if you prefer. You will be required to do this for all sick visits.
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