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.

COVID-19 Vaccine now approved for children ages 12-15 years

Effective May 12, 2021,  all youth ages 12 years and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in WA state.  People ages 12-17  years can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. People aged 18 years and up can receive any available vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has also announced that COVID-19 vaccines can now be given without regard to timing of administration of other vaccines. People can now get the COVID-19 vaccine within 14 days of other vaccines, including on the same day.

We are not currently offering the vaccine in our office, please see the resources below to help you obtain an appointment for the vaccine.

Valley Medical Center | COVID-19 Vaccine. Valley Medical Center is offering the vaccine.  Call 425.690.3630 between 7 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday to make an appointment over the phone. Please note: call volumes are high so there may be long wait times.

Seattle Children’s is offering the vaccine, regardless if you are a current patient at SCH. Here is the link to the public portal.

Here is the link for the WA state vaccine finder site by zip code: Vaccinate WA: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

COVID-19 Vaccine now available for anyone age 16 years and older

Effective April 15, 2021,  all youth ages 16 years and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in WA state.  People ages 16 and 17 years can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. People aged 18 years and up can receive any available vaccine. Wait at least 14 days after your COVID-19 vaccine before getting any other vaccine, including a flu vaccine. Or if you have recently received any other vaccine first, wait at least 14 days before getting your COVID-19 vaccine.  Please keep this in mind when scheduling your teen’s annual well child appointments, as vaccines are typically given at the 16-18yr well child checks. We are not currently offering the vaccine in our office, please see the resources below to help you obtain an appointment for the vaccine.

Valley Medical Center | COVID-19 Vaccine. Valley Medical Center is offering the vaccine.  Call 425.690.3630 between 7 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday to make an appointment over the phone. Please note: call volumes are high so there may be long wait times.

Seattle Children’s is offering the vaccine, regardless if you are a current patient at SCH. Here is the link to the public portal.

Here is the link for the WA state vaccine finder site by zip code: Vaccinate WA: COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

 

UPDATE ON COVID-19 VACCINE

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important tools to fight the pandemic and bring some normalcy back to our lives. Our providers and staff have received the vaccine to help keep our patients safe and allow us to stay healthy to care for you. We are here to answer any questions you may have about the vaccine, and how you can protect your family in the months to come.

Vaccines for COVID-19 are now becoming more widely available as part of a phased approach in Washington. Getting immunized can protect you and your loved ones from becoming ill with the coronavirus.

Currently, Washington is in Phase 1b Tier 2. In addition to people included in the previous phases, Phase 1b Tier 2 includes people age 16 and up who are pregnant or who have a disability that puts them at high risk for severe COVID-19.

We do not currently have COVID vaccine in our office but below are resources for families and patients to help schedule your vaccine if you qualify.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information (wa.gov)

Vaccinations For Current Seattle Children’s Patients

Valley Medical Center | COVID-19 Vaccine. Valley Medical Center is offering the vaccine.  Call 425.690.3630 between 7 AM – 4 PM, Monday – Friday to make an appointment over the phone. Please note: call volumes are high so there may be long wait times.

Pediatric patients who are eligible for the vaccine but who are not current Seattle Children’s patients may still access the vaccine through Seattle Children’s public portal or another public vaccination site.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Will the COVID vaccine be available for kids?

The COVID vaccine has not yet been adequately studied in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to advocate for adequate research in the pediatric population and both Pfizer and Moderna (the manufacturers of the two vaccines currently available) have now started studies that include children 12 years and older (the original trials only included adults). We anticipate these studies to expand to children 5 years and older in the coming months.

Will your clinic be offering the vaccine and when?

We are not a vaccine site for the current phase of vaccine distribution. We anticipate being able to offer the COVID vaccine to our patients as soon as we know it is both safe and effective in children. Renton Pediatrics does not have the ultra-cold freezers needed for the Pfizer vaccine (these are usually only in hospitals), so we will be offering the Moderna vaccine which can be stored at normal vaccine temperatures. Currently, the Moderna vaccine is authorized only for patients 18 years and older.  We received our first shipment of the Moderna vaccine at the end of December and have started vaccinating our doctors and staff in our clinic!

           

Should a breastfeeding mom get the vaccine when it is offered to them?

The first round of vaccine studies did not include pregnant or breastfeeding women,  but the experts believe that it is safe and the goal is to not limit access to pregnant or breastfeeding women.  We recommend you contact your obstetrician to discuss your individual risk factors.

The good news is that there are very few conditions in which the risks of COVID vaccine outweigh the short-and long-term risks of COVID infection. The sooner adults in the United States get vaccinated, the quicker we will achieve herd immunity, which will—in turn—protect our children.

Is it possible to get COVID from the COVID vaccine?

None of the approved COVID vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19, so you cannot contract COVID-19 from the vaccine.

Should I still get vaccinated if I already had COVID-19?

It is recommended that even if you have already had COVID-19, you should still receive the vaccine when it is available to you. There is limited research on how long immunity lasts after a COVID-19 infection and a vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others long term.

Where can I get the vaccine?

First check the Dept. of Health Phase finder to see if you are eligible at:

Phase Finder Tool :: Washington State Department of Health

This is a link to vaccine location sites in WA state:

Vaccine Locations :: Washington State Department of Health

Do I have to continue wearing a mask and social distancing after I get vaccinated?

After getting vaccinated, nothing changes in the short term. You should continue to social distance and wear a mask.

 

 

COVID-19 Update

FOCUS on SAFETY:

Keeping patients, staff and providers safe is our number one priority. Currently, we are seeing all patients for well child care visits and encouraging families to keep up with their children’s scheduled immunizations.  When you come into the clinic to see your provider we want to reassure you that we here at Renton Pediatric Associates have a comprehensive safety plan in place that includes:

*Screening all our patients over the phone and when they first enter the clinic for COVID-19 symptoms

*Requiring masks for all patients over the age of 2 years as well as all of our staff and providers

*Rigorous cleaning protocols and surface disinfecting

*Adaptation of our spaces to allow physical distancing

*The use of personal protective equipment by our staff during your visit

*The maintenance of different times for our well child visits and sick office visit

 

ABOUT your VISIT:

With the recent resurgence of COVID in our community, please keep in mind our guidelines to keep you safe when visiting our office

*All parents and patients over two years of age must wear a mask for the entire visit

*Please bring only the patient who has the scheduled appointment and one parent to the office

*Please call our office to reschedule if you or anyone in your household within the past 14 days has had exposure to someone with a positive COVID19 case, has symptoms consistent with COVID 19, or has traveled outside of WA state

*Please utilize the handwashing stations in our office

*Please allow a few extra minutes before your appointment time for our screening process

TO FIND MORE INFO ABOUT TESTING FOR COVID19, COVID19 SYMPTOMS and QUARANTINE RECOMMENDATIONS PLEASE LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES LISTED BELOW

 

 

 

Flu Vaccine Clinics

Renton Pediatric Associates will be having Flu vaccine clinics on Saturday mornings starting the weekend of October 3rd. We will be offering appointments from 9:00am-1:00pm each Saturday. We will also be offering limited appointments during the week for the flu vaccine as well. Please call the clinic to schedule an appointments, no walk in visits will be allowed.

If your child has an appointment already scheduled in the clinic (for a well child visit or other concern), they can obtain the flu vaccine during that visit. A separate appointment does not need to be scheduled.

Flu Vaccine has arrived!

Renton Pediatric Associates strongly recommends the 2020-21 seasonal influenza vaccine for all of our patients ages 6 months and up.  Due to social distancing restrictions, access to appointments will be somewhat limited, but we will be doing our best to get all the children in our practice vaccinated.

We plan on having flu vaccine clinics on Saturdays in October and well as weekdays. These appointments will need to be scheduled in advance (no walk in visits allowed). We will post on the website when we have the dates and times for these clinics finalized, and then you will be able to call to schedule your child an appointment.

If you have a scheduled appointment already (for a well child visit or other concern), your child can get the flu vaccine at that visit rather than schedule a separate appointment. Siblings will be allowed to come into the clinic to receive the flu vaccine if their brother/sister is already being seen in the clinic for a scheduled appointment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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!

Changes to Scheduling Practices

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, scheduling practices at Renton Pediatrics have changed. Our goal is to meet the needs of our patients who need routine well child check-ups and immunizations while also continuing to provide care for children with illness. We are following the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.

All of our providers are now offering telemedicine visits. These are virtual visits using video technology that allow you to see your child’s doctor without leaving your home. Read more