Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for use for ages 12 to 15 (older teens and all adults were previously eligible). We recommend that you make arrangements for your children 12 and up to be vaccinated with a website such as https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/
Currently, Pediatric Health Care does not have the vaccine. We are waiting on guidance from the state on how and when the vaccine supply will be distributed to our office. We will be in touch once we have more information regarding vaccine availability.
Why we think it is important for adolescents to get vaccinated:
The ability to get vaccinated is crucial for this age group, as It promotes the potential to gather and socialize and continue on — which is just as important for children as for adults.
In the vaccine clinical trial, there were no cases of COVID-19 in the 1,100 children who received the Pfizer vaccine and 16 cases in the 1,100 children in the placebo group, according to the FDA. The trial also found that vaccinated adolescents had high levels of antibodies in their blood — a signal they had developed strong protective immunity.
Please find more information below:
Supporting Clinicians, Patients and the Public
Phone Number: 617-724-7000
The call line will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Partners patients and the public:
Any patient or member of the public is encouraged to contact the call line with questions and concerns and for reliable, expert information about the developing outbreak.
For FREE Covid testing: please visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread
Important Information about the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV):
- There are many strains of coronaviruses. They can cause a range of different illnesses including SARS, MERS and the common cold.
- Symptoms of 2019-nCoV can include fever, myalgias, cough and shortness of breath.
- Human-to-human transmission is well established. China is reporting that some health care workers have become infected after caring for patients.
- Incubation time after exposure can be up to 14 days.
- Most patients recover but a small percentage of deaths have been reported (~2%). This is in contrast to a mortality of ~0.1% for the 2019-2020 seasonal flu to date.