COVID-19 Vaccine | Post Road Pediatrics

To date, two vaccines have been authorized by the FDA for emergency use to assist in the prevention of COVID-19: one for people 16 years of age and older and another for people ages 18 and over. The FDA has just expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include those 12-15 years of age. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is expected to give their approval and the vaccine will then be available to our patients in this age group.

Due to allotment increments and need to use the vaccine in a limited time period, we are unsure when or if we will have the vaccine available for administration at Post Road Pediatrics. We are keeping a close eye on communications from the Department of Public Health and we will communicate details to our patients and families when we know more. Please see our COVID-19 Vaccine page for details. We will do our best to keep this information as up-to-date as possible! We expect that there will be ample available vaccination opportunities at retail pharmacies and mass vaccination sites before we have the vaccine in our office. These opportunities can be found at https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.

Please note that it is recommended that patient wait at least 2 weeks between the COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccinations our patients receive as part of the standard immunization schedule. We will delay vaccinations typically given at well visits and schedule a nurse visit for future administration if this situation arises.

The providers, nurses, and staff at Post Road Pediatrics have been lucky enough to be able to be vaccinated already. We believe in the safety and efficacy of the currently available vaccines and recommend that the patients that we care for and their family members take the opportunity to be vaccinated as it becomes available to them.

This interview with Paul Offit (renowned vaccine expert) answers a lot of questions about the process of SARS-COV2 vaccine development.

CDC links regarding the vaccine:

Studies are continuing for younger age groups and our younger patients may be able to be vaccinated in the fall. We will do our best to continue to keep everyone updated.

Important Information for Our Patients with High Risk Conditions That are Followed at Boston Children's Hospital

For our patients that have high risk conditions and are followed by specialists at Boston Children's Hospital, they have asked that you wait to hear from them regarding availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. They will reach out by email or by phone as soon as the opportunity to schedule a vaccination appointment becomes available.

We anticipate that there will be opportunities to schedule a vaccination appointment through state and local health care organizations and agencies by visiting mass.gov/vaccine. As priority groups expand, there may be opportunities to schedule your own vaccination appointment before you are contacted by Boston Children's Hospital.

To help assure that you can be contacted in the event of vaccine availability at Boston Children's Hospital, it is recommended that you have an active MyChildren's patient portal account and that your contact information (phone and email address) is up to date.

While we await opportunities for our patients to be vaccinated, we continue to stress the importance of keeping yourself and your family members safe by the safety measures that have been and continue to be recommended. Continue to wear a mask when you are around others, stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of your household, and wash your hands often.