Berkeley Pediatrics is giving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to patients 12 years and older by appointment only.  We are anticipating approval of COVID vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 in early November but DO NOT have information yet on if/when we will receive vaccines for administration.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL the office for information.  We will send MyChart messages and post here and on social media as soon as we are scheduling vaccines.  

Two fully vaccinated caregivers will be allow to accompany the patient on all visits.  (updated 10/18/2021)

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.  We may not be able to see your child in person and may need to reschedule. 

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. 



With the recent surge in Delta variant COVID-19 and with the increase in other respiratory viruses, we are seeing/hearing about a lot of patients with mild respiratory symptoms.   We would generally recommend that your chid be tested for COVID.  There are many community sites that offer testing for this purpose (see below).  

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:  If there is a known positive COVID exposures, a negative test even PCR does NOT change the requirements for quarantining and isolation.  

Overview of COVID-19 Testing from CDC


Berkeley Public Health Testing Information

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

Contra Costa Health Services/CC County

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


Renegade--Private testing approx $120 per test/testing site on Martin Luther King, JR CHORI parking lot.  They now take insurance and has a 12 hr turnaround time.

City Health (sites in El Cerrito, Oakland, San Francisco, Dublin)--48 hr turnaround for PCR testing and $120 for expedited same day results.  Location in El Cerrito is on Carlson, near El Cerrito Plaza

Color Community Site--

Carbon Health Clinics

Dignity Health Bay Area

updated 7/25/2021

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