Coronavirus Updates

Update 29 Nov 2021–  Yay-  the Pfizer COVID vaccine is authorized for children 5 years old and older so we can now protect all the school age children!   AAP has a video describing the vaccine development process.

COVID19 disease rates are increasing again in NC and it is very important that everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated get protected ASAP since Delta Variant is spreading  quickly. The vaccine is very safe and protects against even the much more contagious Delta Variant.  If you have questions about the vaccine, please call for an appointment so we can answer your questions!

Please call for an appointment or send us a portal message for COVID vaccine appointments-  Please bear with us as we work to meet demand for this important vaccine while short staffed- we sometimes have more appointments available in the middle of the day than after school- this is a vaccine worth getting checked out of school for! We are planning a COVID vaccine clinic at 7 Lakes the morning of Sat 4 December.

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:

  • Monday, November 29th – 4:00PM to 6:00PM
  • Tuesday, November 30th – 4:00PM to 6:00PM

Call 910-947-SHOT (7468) to set up an appointment at the Moore Co Health Dept.

NC DHHS Info on boosters

Boosters, who needs them FDA, CDC & ACIP made new recommendations 19 Nov 2021.  Boosters are most important for 18yo+ patients who received the J&J/Jannsen “one dose” COVID vaccine and people 50 yo+ but everyone 18yo+ should receive booster doses if 2 months since J&J or 6 months since second dose Pfizer or Moderna (ie you don’t have to have a high risk condition/job).

If you are 18 yo+ & had Pfizer/Moderna-  you should get a booster 6 months after your second dose- It is ok to have your booster be the same vaccine (follow Pfizer primary series with Pfizer AND ok to mix and match (follow Pfizer primary series with Moderna OR follow Moderna primary series with Pfizer)

If you had J&J/Jannsen: you should get a booster if it has been more than 2 months from their dose. We recommend boosting J&J with Pfizer or Moderna.

What about boosters for my 12-17 yo?  Experts currently believe younger people responded better to the primary vaccines and boosters are not recommended for them as of now.  12 yo+ with moderate to severe immunocompromise need an additional third dose a minimum of 28 days after their  second dose of Pfizer COVID vaccine (data now shows immunocompromised people didn’t respond well enough to the first 2 doses).

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

Sandhills Pediatrics is vaccinating patients 12 yo + and any family members.  Please call for an appointment or ask us about it next time you are in the office.

Vaccine finder website <https://myspot.nc.gov/> Vaccine is also available at many local health departments (Moore County 910-947-SHOT) and many local pharmacies, but you need to call and confirm with them that they have Pfizer COVID19 vaccine for those <18yo.

Children 5 years old until the day they turn 18 years old should receive the Pfizer vaccine, two doses given 21 days apart. Adults 18 years and older can receive any of the authorized COVID vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson &Johnson).

Breastfeeding is NOT a reason not to get to COVID vaccination, 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.

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!