For you, for us and for all!  The staff and providers are all fully vaccinated against COVID-19!!

Please contact the office prior to your appointment if you or your child has ANY of the following symptoms:   runny nose, congestion, sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting or diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. 

 Only ONE caregiver will be allowed to attend an in person visit for children older than 6 months.

If you have travelled out of state or by plane in the last 10 days OR is if you have been exposed to an individual with COVID within the last 14 days, your visit will need to changed to a virtual visit or rescheduled. 

COVID Vaccine Info-(click here) Although BPMG is registered to give vaccines with the county, we DO NOT have vaccines at this time.  Vaccines are now open to all persons 16 years and older.  There is NO approved vaccine for children yet.  Approval for vaccines for children 12 to 16 is anticipated by summer.  Check our Instagram and Facebook accounts for updates 

Click here for resources on COVID vaccine and safety while pregnant or breastfeeding

Click here for other COVID-19 testing resources.

WHERE TO GET TESTED FOR COVID-19

BEFORE YOU TEST, PLEASE READ THIS:  

Please contact the office if you are concerned that your child may have symptoms that could be COVID-19 infection.  

We are able to refer to Benioff UCSF Children's Oakland for their drive-thru testing (this testing is physician referral only).  There can be a fluctuating delay on appointments/results timing depending on current COVID numbers.  

We are also doing limited PCR testing with self/parent swab as a car visit at our office.  These will be done only after having a video visit with the provider.  

If your child is asymptomatic but needs a COVID-19 test for another reason e.g. camp, daycare, etc, please see below for resources of where to get tested.  

Please note that if your child needs testing to return to school and is symptomatic,  Berkeley Pediatrics will only write a letter for return to school if your child receives a PCR test for viral genetic material, NOT a rapid antigen test or an antibody test.  Antigen tests have lower validity, and predictive value of an antibody test has not yet been determined.  PCR tests will take at least 1 day to obtain a result.  

Remember that a negative test results only gives you information for that moment in time and that there are false negatives.  Obviously, practicing social distancing (6 feet distance), wearing a mask and good hand hygiene are the key factors in prevention of COVID-19.  

Please note:  there have been recent concerns about some PCR based testing being used in the community e.g. Curative.  While this issue is still being examined, the concerns of validity highlight that these tests should not be used in place of quarantining/isolation guidelines after possible COVID exposure and should not be used in place of social distancing and masking.  

Overview of COVID-19 Testing from CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/testing-overview.html


COVID-19 TESTING RESOURCES:  

Berkeley Public Health Testing Information

https://www.cityofberkeley.info/covid19-testing/

Alameda County Testing Locations--there are community testing sites free of charge

http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov/testing.aspx

https://covid-19.acgov.org/tes...

Contra Costa Health Services/CC County

https://www.coronavirus.cchealth.org/get-tested


The following clinics administer both rapid antigen and PCR tests (please make sure it is a PCR test).

Carbon Health Clinics

https://carbonhealth.com/coronavirus

Dignity Health Bay Area 

https://www.dignityhealth.org/...

Color Community Site 

https://www.color.com/communit...

Renegade--Private testing approx $120 per test/testing site on Martin Luther King, JR CHORI parking lot.  Can submit for insurance coverage on your own. 

https://www.renegade.bio

updated 2/15/2021

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