Coronavirus Updates

Updated 18 May 2022

Infant formula shortage questions- see AAP Healthy Kids site  for updated information- Information from NC Dept of Health and Human Services.

Can’t find formula for your baby younger than 6mo? Please call or portal message us!

COVID– Rates of COVID disease are lower now, but COVID is starting to increase in NC with the Omicron variants that are even more contagious than original Omicron.  Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are still very protective against hospitalization and death, so please get vaccinated and boosted ASAP as recommended below! We continue to strongly encourage mask wearing while indoors to help fight back against this awful disease.

The Pfizer COVID vaccine is authorized for children 5 years old and older.  AAP, AMA, AAFP & ANA leaders ALL strongly recommend COVID vaccine for children 5 and older- Video 

Check to see if you are up to date on COVID vaccine using this handy CDC Site

Children 5 years old until the day they turn 18 years old should receive the Pfizer vaccine, 2 doses 3-8 weeks apart.  Adults 18 years and older can receive any of the authorized COVID vaccines (Pfizer & Moderna are now preferred over J&J). FDA & CDC committees are meeting in early June to review data on vaccines for 6mo-4yo- hopefully we will have authorization by mid June if the experts approve it as safe and effective.

If you have questions about the vaccine, please call for an appointment so we can answer your questions!

Call or send us a portal message for COVID vaccine appointments

You can fill out forms for COVID vaccine appointments at Sandhills Peds to save time: English Spanish

Vaccine is widely available in the community at pharmacies and the health depts- Moore Co Health Dept will have clinics in Carthage: Call 910-947-SHOT (7468) to set up an appointment at the Moore Co Health Dept.

CDC Booster Vaccine Chart

Everyone 12 yo+ should receive booster doses if 2 months since J&J OR 5 months since the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna (ie you don’t have to have a high risk condition/job to qualify for a booster). FDA authorized boosters for 5-11 yo on 17 May, but we are required to wait for expert review by ACIP and CDC Director Dr Walensky.

Boosters are especially important for people who received the J&J/Jannsen “one dose” COVID vaccine (only approved for 18yo+) because J&J does not protect as well against Omicron.

Immunocompromised patients (eg kidney transplant, leukemia) should get a third primary dose 28 days after their second dose.

Sandhills Pediatrics is vaccinating patients 5 yo + and any family members.  Please call for an appointment or ask us about it next time you are in the office.

Breastfeeding– is a reason to get the COVID vaccination (protects mom and maybe even baby) and we encourage all of our nursing mothers to receive it.

Pregnancy–  CDC issued an urgent appeal for all pregnant people to get vaccinated 29 Sep 2021. The American College of OBGYN now strongly recommends vaccination for pregnant individuals – see here.  For more answers about breastfeeding and other COVID vaccine questions, click here to access the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia vaccine education center.

COVID Vaccine Incentives- Some insurers are paying patients to get vaccinated- preventing a single hospitalization from COVID pays for lots of patients to get gift cards!

Sandhills Pediatrics was honored to participate in a NC Dept of Health and Human Services Public Service Announcement promoting COVID vaccine.   PSA1- 30 seconds    PSA2- 60 seconds

Looking for information on Coronavirus COVID-19? New information is available daily, so we’d like to point you to the continuously updated CDC website for the most reliable information.  We recommend you follow the sensible precautions from the American Academy of Pediatrics provided here. To help us keep your child and other patients healthy, if you suspect your child has a Coronavirus COVID-19 infection, please do not come to walk-in clinic!  Call us and let us know about possible exposures so we can discuss the best plan to provide safe and high quality care.

COVID-19 resources specifically for kids

We have three COVID-19 resources specifically for kids to share.  Susie Boals, who some of you know as an Episcopal Day School librarian, sent us this resource Coronavirus: A Book for Children.  It’s about COVID-19 and the changes and responsibilities it brings to our families.  It’s recommended by school librarians and we like it too.  It’s available as a free download from Amazon.  Dr. Lindsay Johannes-Monroe, our psychologist, recommends this COVID-19 Time Capsule coloring and work book and Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and let us know what you think!

Please don’t let COVID-19 make you miss recommended vaccines!

One of our biggest worries about COVID-19 has been indirect effects of the pandemic on child and teen health, as families limit doctor's visits along with other outings.  The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have stressed the importance of pediatric primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and particularly the importance of maintaining high vaccination rates to prevent life-threatening disease.  We were disappointed to see recent information about vaccine delivery to children and teens reported in the New York Times.  In Massachusetts, the state health department said its vaccine doses were down 68 percent in the first two weeks of April, compared with the previous year.  And Minnesota reported that its doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine dropped by 71 percent toward the end of March!  We worry outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and other vaccine preventable, life-threatening diseases will follow COVID-19.

Please help us prevent vaccine preventable disease in our community.

At Sandhills Pediatrics, all patients and their families are screened for fever and respiratory symptoms when appointments are made.  Every family is greeted when they arrive, often before they even enter the office, and re-screened.  Each office is essentially separated into two halves.  Well checks and similar appointments have their own side of the office, with dedicated well-only check-in staff, nurses, and providers.  We haven't used the waiting room in weeks! If an exam room is not immediately available, families wait in their cars until they can go straight to a room.  We maintain appropriate social distances, wash our hands,  and wear masks at all times.

We are confident coming to Sandhills Pediatrics and we want you to be too!