At home COVID-19 tests

The federal government is now offering 4 free at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests per household. You can order them here https://www.covidtests.gov/ Tests will be mailed and are expected to arrive in late January.

COVID testing

With the current surge in COVID-19 cases, it can be very challenging to find a test when needed.  If your child needs a test due to symptoms of COVID-19, due to an exposure, or for another reason, we advise that you make an appointment at a community testing site using the following link:  COVID-19 testing locations and guidance – King County. Seattle Children’s hospital announced this week that they would no longer be offering COVID testing  for providers in the community– COVID-19 Testing Information (seattlechildrens.org). An at home rapid antigen test can also be appropriate, if available.  See the following link for self-testing information:  COVID-19 self-testing – King County.

If your child has symptoms and you would like them to be evaluated, then you may contact our clinic to schedule a telehealth/virtual appointment.  We can discuss testing and management during this visit.

If your child is having any difficulty breathing or there are other urgent concerns, please proceed to the nearest emergency department or call 911.

The best way to prevent severe COVID-19 infection is to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for all children age 5 and up, and booster doses are authorized for children age 12 and older, who received a vaccine at least 5 months prior.

COVID Booster shots for children 12-15 years old

Kids age 12 and up can now get a booster shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine after the CDC last week recommended COVID-19 boosters at least 5 months after their second shot. Please use the following link to locate a vaccine near you: Vaccinate WA: Find COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Near You. We are currently not offering any more COVID vaccine clinics in our office.

COVID Vaccine clinic update

Our pediatric COVID vaccine clinic for ages 5-11 year olds on Saturday, 11/20/21, is now full. We still have openings available for our COVID vaccine clinic on Monday, 11/22/21, and Tuesday, 11/23/21. Please call to schedule! We do not have the COVID vaccine available for our patients ages 12-18 years, just ages 5-11 years.

There are several other resources for vaccine access in our community:

  • Several pharmacies are partnering with local school districts. Reach out to your district for information on school and community vaccination events.
  • The WA Department of Health has added an option to filter your search by pediatric Pfizer doses and anticipates increasing availability over the next several weeks.
  • University of Washington is offering the vaccine and your child can be added to their waitlist by calling the number on their website.
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital has pediatric COVID vaccine available
  • Valley Medical Center | COVID-19 Vaccine has pediatric COVID vaccine available
  • Pharmacies have also began to receive pediatric 5-11 year old doses this month.

COVID Vaccine Clinic for 5-11 year olds

We anticipate our initial shipment of COVID vaccine for ages 5-11 years to arrive in our clinic early next week. We will be hosting a vaccine clinic  on Saturday, 11/20/21, with the 2nd dose scheduled 3 weeks later on Saturday, 12/11/21. The vaccine clinic will be by appointment only, so please call to schedule.  Our clinic does not have the COVID vaccine for ages 12-18 years at this time. When we receive another shipment of the pediatric COVID vaccine and can schedule another vaccine clinic, we will post the information on our website.

There are several other resources for vaccine access in our community:

  • Several pharmacies are partnering with local school districts. Reach out to your district for information on school and community vaccination events.
  • The WA Department of Health has added an option to filter your search by pediatric Pfizer doses and anticipates increasing availability over the next several weeks.
  • University of Washington is offering the vaccine and your child can be added to their waitlist by calling the number on their website.
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital has pediatric COVID vaccine available
  • Valley Medical Center | COVID-19 Vaccine has pediatric COVID vaccine available
  • Pharmacies have also began to receive pediatric 5-11 year old doses this month.

COVID Vaccine Update for 5-11 year olds

The initial allotment of pediatric COVID vaccine in Washington State was sent to large, mass vaccination sites and hospital systems as well as some pharmacies.  We do not have any in our office yet, although we have placed an order and are hoping to be able to help vaccinate our patients here in our clinic soon. If you are able to get your child vaccinated now, we encourage you to do so.

We recommend our families consider appointments through UW Medicine, where you can place your family on a waitlist now and will receive a text alert to schedule the vaccine appointment.  Valley Medical Center has also received doses of the pediatric COVID vaccine. Other locations to find appointments would include Seattle Children’s Hospital and on the Washington Department of Health Vaccine Locator.

Once we receive a supply of the pediatric COVID vaccine for ages 5-11years old we will announce it here.

 

COVID Vaccine for 5-11 year olds

The FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee met 10/26/21 and voted to recommend emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. There are several more steps in the process and we expect vaccines to be available to 5-11 year olds at some point in the next 1-2 weeks.

Vaccinating this age group in a timely manner will be a community effort involving our schools, hospital systems, pharmacies, King County, and local pediatricians. Renton Pediatric Associates is working hard to determine if we can provide vaccines to some of our patients and we appreciate your patience as we figure out the logistics. We will continue to update our website with information about where to get the vaccine as it becomes available over this next week.

Flu Vaccine is here!

The 2021-22 seasonal influenza vaccine is now available at Renton Pediatrics for any child age 6 months and older.  We will be offering Saturday morning Flu Vaccine Clinics starting on October 2nd. These clinics will be by appointment only, so please call us first to schedule. We will also be offering appointments throughout the week if you cannot make one of the Saturday clinics. Your child is also able to receive a flu vaccine during any normal doctor’s appointment.

FACE MASKS REQUIRED

Please note that parents and patients over the age of 2 are required to wear a face mask in the office. Thank you for your understanding!