Yesterday the FDA authorized booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is scheduled to meet on Wednesday regarding the authorization. Based on previous experience we anticipate they will also approve administration of booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccine for 12 to 15 year old adolescents.
We are prepared to follow this recommendation, we have plenty of vaccine and appointments available. Please send us a MyChart message or call the office at 650.216.7794 to set up an appointment. Note: we anticipate a very high call volume so sending a MyChart message may be more efficient. We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.
We are pleased to announce the birth of Dr. Megan Pesyna’s newborn boy, Mack! Both Dr. Megan and Mack are doing well and settling at home. She will be on maternity leave until January 2022, and our team of physicians is here to make sure everyone is taken care of while Dr. Pesyna is out of the office. Please join us in sending all good wishes for health and joy to Baby Mack and his parents. CONGRATULATIONS!
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. Our flu shot clinics start next week, here are some important details:
- Flu vaccine clinic will be held in a pop-up tent in our parking lot
- There can be 1 adult with each child
- 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: 1) calling the office 2) sending in an appointment request using UCSF’s MyChart patient portal or 3) 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… your vaccine dream team 😀
It is official, effective today the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the state will advance beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, allowing businesses to return to normal operations with “common-sense risk reduction measures.” Individual counties are still allowed to enact local mandates, and the health care sector is still required to follow more stringent infection control guidelines. What does this mean for you?
- Everyone over the age of 2 years is still required to wear a mask while in the office
- We are no longer checking temperatures prior to entering our office
- There can be more than 1 parent at a visit IF you have proof of complete COVID vaccination status. We will need to see your COVID vaccine card to confirm
- You do not need to check in from your car, you can come into the office
It has been quite a year, and we are grateful to our families for their patience as we navigated all the nuances of this pandemic. Team PWG implemented multiple safety measures as we remained open to serve our families and our community during this entire pandemic. We know it is not “over”, but thanks to all your efforts we are in a much better place today. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay kind to one another as we enter this next phase.
It has been a while since the last update, and there have been many exciting developments recently. The FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 and up, and we are proud to have played a small part in vaccinating some of 600,000 US adolescents that received this vaccine last week. There are also lots of updates about what is and is not recommended once you have gotten the vaccine. Here are some key items:
- Summer camp can be a safe activity if they follow health and safety guidelines such as wearing masks, hand hygiene and physical distancing
- The AAP has published a fantastic article about the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine, feel free to read and share
- Your child is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after the second dose of the vaccine
- Pfizer has announced plans to request EUA approval for COVID-19 vaccine for ages 2-11 in September
- Experts still recommend that unvaccinated children 2 and up wear a mask when around people outside their immediate household
We have plenty of COVID-19 vaccine appointments so please call or send us a MyChart message to set up an appointment. Team PWG wants to help make this a safe and happy summer for all our families!