We have the new bivalent boosters in stock

Good news…we now have the new bivalent COVID boosters in stock! We have both Moderna and Pfizer bivalent boosters:

Moderna bivalent booster approved for 6 years and up

Pfizer bivalent booster approved for 5 years and up
You can call us at 650.216.7794 or send us a MyChart message to make an appointment. If you are on MyChart you should also be able to set up an appointment online yourself.
If you have questions about the COVID vaccine please feel free to set up an appointment with your child’s doctor to discuss further. The American Academy of Pediatrics has lots of information about COVID vaccine on their Healthy Children website

Update on COVID vaccine options

There is a new bivalent booster that has been approved and we are getting a lot of questions about all the different COVID vaccine options out there.  We prepared this guide to try and help you in making your decisions, this applies to people who are immunocompetent [meaning they don’t have an underlying medical condition that impacts their immune system]. We know this is confusing, we’ve shared some informational diagrams as well for those of you who are more visual learners 😊 Feel free to set up an appointment with your doctor at PWG if you have more questions or would like to discuss further.  We currently have the following COVID vaccines: Novavax primary series for 12 years and up, Pfizer for 6 months and up [both primary series, old booster and new booster], Moderna 6mos and up [primary series and old booster for 18+, we do not have their new bivalent booster].

  • Primary series: these are the first doses of the vaccine and need to be completed before any boosters are given.
    • Pfizer age 6mo-4yrs: need 3 doses in the primary series. Dose 1 –> in 3 to 8 weeks get dose 2 –> at least 8 weeks later get dose 3
    • Pfizer age 5 years and older: need 2 doses in the primary series. Dose 1 –> in 3 to 8 weeks get dose 2
    • Moderna age 6 months and older: need 2 doses in the primary series. Dose 1 –> in 4 to 8 weeks get dose 2
    • Novavax age 12 years and older: need 2 doses in the primary series. Dose 1 –> in 4 to 8 weeks get dose 2
  • Boosters: these are additional doses of COVID vaccine that enhance or restore protection against COVID-19, which may have decreased over time.
    • Monovalent booster aka “the old booster”: this was the 3rd shot given to most people after finishing the primary series.
      • No longer recommended for people 12 years and up
      • Children ages 5–11 years are recommended to continue receiving 1 monovalent mRNA booster dose at least 5 months after completing the primary series
    • Bivalent booster aka “the new booster”: this was just approved this month
      • People cannot get a bivalent booster without first completing at least a primary series
      • Must be 2+ months from previous booster or primary series
      • Consider waiting 3+ months to get a booster after a prior COVID infection
      • Pfizer bivalent booster is approved for people 12 years and up
      • Moderna bivalent booster is approved for people 18 years and up
    • Ok to “mix and match” age-approved and age-appropriate boosters

One day later…

Good news we are open again with regular hours! We are seeing patients in the office, but there is quite a bit of clean up happening. We are hoping to have everything back to normal soon, until then please bear with us as we work through the aftermath of indoor flooding. Yesterday you saw the flood, today our office looks a lot drier thanks to the fans in the hallway 🙂

It’s been a Monday

PWG UPDATE: our office flooded this morning Monday 8/29/22 and our office is closed today. We will be rescheduling everyone, please be patient with us. We anticipate opening back up tomorrow with normal hours, we will keep you posted. Here’s a photo to show you how our Monday morning went, hope you all have a better day!

Bittersweet news from Dr. Megan

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation from Pediatric Wellness Group. I feel so privileged to have been able to be a part of the wonderful team here at PWG. I am confident that they will continue to care for my patients with the same level of care and service that I have provided over the past four years.

I want to thank my amazing families for trusting in me with the care of your most precious ones. I am truly humbled by the confidence you have instilled in me.  It has been an honor to be a part of your lives and I have sincerely enjoyed watching your little ones develop, learn, and grow.  Thank you for helping me to also grow, both as a physician and a mama, as we navigated this path together. I will miss all the encouraging smiles, hugs, and high fives and I will take those with me as I transition to my next role.

My family and I will be relocating to Santa Rosa, CA where I will practice at Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods.  It is a bittersweet move but one that is best for our family at this time.  My last day in the office at PWG with be August 19th, 2022. The front desk staff is available to accommodate all families with scheduling needs over the coming weeks.

All the best,

Dr. Megan

 

Flu Vaccines are here!

We are using an appointment-based system in order to safely deliver flu vaccines to our patients. If you have signed up for MyChart access with UCSF that will be the easiest way to get an appointment…if you don’t have MyChart access just go to www.ucsfhealth.org/mychart for instructions on how to sign up. Here are some important details regarding our flu shot clinics:

  • Flu vaccine clinic will be held in a green tent in our parking lot, look for the signs
  • Everyone over the age of 2 years will need to wear a mask
  • We cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time
  • You can make an appointment for a flu vaccine by
    • calling the office, please be patient as there may be delays due to high call volumes
    • sending in an appointment request using UCSF’s MyChart patient portal
    • use the self-schedule feature on UCSF’s MyChart to set up a flu vaccine appointment online
  • This flu vaccine clinic is ONLY for the flu vaccine and ONLY for established PWG patients

Thank you for keeping your child, family, and community safe this flu season!

Team PWG will be giving COVID vaccines to our younger patients

We are actively preparing to give COVID vaccines to our young patients between 6 months – 4 years and 364 days of age as soon as it receives full approval from all regulatory agencies. We anticipate a high volume of calls and messages and ask you to be patient with us while we work hard to take care of everyone’s request for an appointment.   Here are some key takeaways for you to know:

• We will have enough vaccine for everyone who wants their child vaccinated. We are only offering Pfizer vaccines at this time.

• COVID vaccine will be given by appointment only, we CANNOT accommodate walk ins at this time.

• You cannot schedule a COVID vaccine through the MyChart app at this time, you CAN send a message to your child’s pediatrician through the MyChart app requesting an appointment or call the office directly.

• PLEASE NOTE that your appointment may need to be rescheduled if it occurs prior to full vaccine approval

• If your child has an upcoming appointment, we CAN administer the COVID vaccine at that appointment, feel free to discuss this with your child’s doctor. 

• If you have any questions about the MyChart app please call MyChart Customer Service at (415) 514-6000. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Please read if you have an appointment at PWG coming up

 We are in the middle of a COVID surge right now, and we’ve seen and heard from many of you who are currently recovering from COVID. In the interest of keeping everyone safe please reschedule your child’s appointment at PWG for any type of visit until:
* it has been 10 days since COVID symptoms started OR you/your child had a positive COVID test
AND
* you or your child’s symptoms are getting better
AND
* you or your child have no fever for >24 hours without Tylenol or Motrin/Advil.
 
We are prioritizing COVID PCR testing and seeing patients with COVID related symptoms during our early morning walk-in slots Monday – Friday from 8:30a to 9:30a. Please see earlier posts for details.

Update to morning walk in hours

We heard you loud and clear this week, it’s been really hard to find COVID PCR testing appointments for your kids. That is why we are pivoting to prioritize COVID PCR testing and seeing patients with COVID related symptoms during our early morning walk-in slots starting Friday 1/7/22. What you should know:
* walk-in slots are available Monday-Friday from 8:30a to 9:30a
* these walk-in slots do not require an appointment and are given on a first-come, first- served basis
* once we run out of walk-in slots we will be happy to make appointments for a later time/date
* we will not be able to manage complicated or chronic issues, medication refills, etc. during this time
* these walk-in slots are for established PWG patients only.
Team PWG is here for you!