Update on COVID-19 Vaccine

Dearest families,

By now you have heard the exciting news that the COVID-19 vaccination is available for children 6 months and above.  We hope to answer many of your questions and concerns.

Will Foxhall Pediatrics administer the COVID-19 vaccine for 6 month- 5 year old patients?

Our office plans to administer the vaccine soon. We will notify eligible families when it is available. The vaccine will be provided by appointment only to minimize overcrowding in the office. We appreciate your patience.

Where else can I go to have the vaccine administered?

Participating pharmacies may require a prescription before they will give the vaccine.  In that case, please contact the office and allow 2-3 business days to complete the prescription. 

Morgan CARE Pharmacy (3001 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007) Phone: (202) 337-4100 
- anticipated availability by June 27, 2022


Kalorama Pharmacy (1841 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009 ) Phone: (202) 795-9711
       -will give vaccines to ages 3 and up


Grubb's Pharmacy SE, Inc. (1800 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC 20020) 
Phone: (202) 503-3610 anticipated availability by June 27, 2022

Grubb's Pharmacy - 326 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20003 - (202) 543-4400 - will vaccinate patients <3 years old

Preston’s Pharmacy (5101 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA, 22207) Phone: (703) 522-3412  
-Patient ages 3 and older

 

Walgreens pharmacies will offer vaccines by appointment ages 3 and above

 

What if my child has already had vaccines in the previous weeks or is scheduled to receive vaccines at their next well visit?

There is currently no wait period recommended between regularly scheduled vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccination.

What if my child has recently had COVID?

Emerging evidence indicates that people can get added protection by getting vaccinated after they have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. For children who have been infected with COVID-19, their next dose can be delayed 3 months from when symptoms started or, if they did not have symptoms, when they received a positive test.
If your child tests positive for COVID-19 after getting their first shot, they should wait until their isolation period has ended before getting their second shot.

My child will turn 5 soon, which vaccine series should they receive?

If a child will turn from age 4 to age 5 between vaccine doses, they are eligible to receive:
A 2-dose primary series using the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine product authorized for children ages 5–11 years
OR
A 3-dose primary series initiated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine product authorized for children ages 6 months–4 years. Each of doses 2 and 3 may be with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine product authorized for children ages 6 months–4 years, or the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine product authorized for children ages 5–11 years.

 

Specifically - if a patient's 5th birthday falls between doses of Pfizer vaccine given, then there is more than one dosing schedule available to them. For patients that are already 5 years old when they begin the vaccine series, they should complete the schedule recommended for ages 5 years and above. For patients that are less than 4 years and 9 months when they start the series - the full 3 dose regimen for patients 6 months to 4 years old is recommended.

What side effects should I expect?

Among children ages 6 months–4 years (Pfizer-BioNTech) or 6 months–5 years (Moderna), pain/tenderness at the injection site was the most frequent local reaction. The most common systemic symptom in older children was fatigue; in younger children (ages 6–23 months), irritability/crying and drowsiness/sleepiness were most common. Most systemic symptoms were mild to moderate in severity, typically began 1–2 days after vaccination, and resolved after 1–2 days.

 

How will their vaccine doses make it into their record if they are not given at the office?

You can email a copy of the vaccine card or load it to the patient portal and we will enter it into their vaccine record. 

 

We appreciate your patience and hope that this information is helpful.

Sincerely,
The Team at Foxhall Pediatrics