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. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Updated 6/16/2021:

Media have described anecdotal concerns about myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccination with mRNA vaccines.  Heres are two sources of great info:

1)  from Dr. Paul Offit on "What you should know about COVID-19 vaccine and myocarditis in teens" 

2) a statement (5/24/2021) from the American Heart Association "COVID-19 vaccine benefits still outweighs risk, despite possible rare heart complications"

Updated 5/13/2021:

Pfizer vaccine is approved for EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for children ages 12-15!   Local sites have begun vaccination for this age group.  

ALL the providers at Berkeley Pediatrics recommend getting the vaccine for our patients age 12 and up.   There is NO evidence or reason to believe that the vaccine impacts growth, puberty, development or fertility.  (see FAQs below)

Where to get the vaccine: (updated 5/13/2021 at 3:45pm)

--UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital Oakland and San Francisco:  Call (415) 514-1196, Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose option 2, and stay on the line to speak with an operator

--Berkeley: There are two pop up sites in Berkeley at the Civic Center and the Buchanan Street (see Berkeleyside article below for info).  There will be a pop up site at Longfellow next week

--Contra Contra County:  Online at here or phone at 1-833-829-2626

--Alameda County: Signup online or over the phone at 510-208-4VAX

--Our families also have been to get vaccine appts at local pharmacies e.g. CVS, Walgreens, Riteaid and Safeway

Let's get our kids back to school, back to playing sports, back to hugging vaccinated grandparents and back to hanging out with friends!

Only Pfizer vaccine is now approved for teens12 years old and up.  Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for 18 years and older.    

Studies for children 6 months old and up are underway and the vaccines for children 11 years and under may be available as early as late summer 2021.  

Other vaccine information:

-- Please let your provider know if your child has received a COVID vaccine.  We would also like to have copies of any documentation of COVID vaccines to enter in your child's health record.  

--If you had COVID already, you can and should get the vaccine. So far, we know that the vaccines are still working 6 months after administration, but the vaccine is expected to provide 1-2 years of immunity.  You must wait the 10 days of Isolation after your Covid infection began before going to a vaccination site, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

--After you receive the vaccine, you must continue to wear masks, social distance and follow the local guidelines. Vaccine immunity builds over time. Your immunity begins around two weeks after your first dose. You are considered "FULLY VACCINATED"  two weeks after your final dose.  

--Rules for the fully vaccinated are changing on a day to day basis.  For the latest updates, follow the CDC website: Rules for the Fully Vaccinated  

--Allergies and the vaccine: you probably have heard about allergic reactions and the vaccine. These reactions are to the Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) or Polysorbate in the vaccine, so if you have either of these allergies, you should consult with your doctor first. Everyone else with known food or medication allergies can take these vaccines but you may want to consult with your doctor/allergist. If you have allergies, you will be advised to sit for 30 minutes after the vaccine, rather than the usual 15 minutes.

FAQs re: COVID vaccines:

--How do mRNA vaccines work?  These would include the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Here's a brief video that explains mRNA technology and why it is safe.  

--Can COVID vaccines cause infertility in adolescents?  Here's a short video from Dr. Paul Offit re: the evidence against this claim.

--Do you have other questions about the COVID vaccines e.g. length of efficacy, efficacy against variants, safety for immunocompromised patients, etc?  Please read this really great comprehensive article from Dr. Paul Offit re: common questions about COVID vaccines

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