With schools back in session we are seeing an increase in illness in children. Our best hope in keeping the kids in school this year is making sure all eligible (age 12 and older) Rhode Islanders get vaccinated. We must all continue to practice good hand hygeine, consistent masking, and get COVID-19 tested as soon as possible for any symptoms / contact with a case.
When you arrive at the office for a sick visit please call from your car to check in. If you are arriving for a well baby/child/teen visit please come right in the front door and check in at our front desk. Masks are required in the office for all patients (age 2+) and parents. Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the area, we are again requesting that only one parent accompany the patient to the appointment. Please leave siblings at home. Teenagers (13+) may come in by themselves – please have them bring a cell phone in so we can Facetime / call you from the exam room.
We are currently scheduling well visits through March 2022. If your child got behind due to the pandemic or even if you are not sure when they are due please call and we can help.
If your child is ill and needs to be seen for a sick visit, please call our office at 401-884-8900. We are able to do both rapid and PCR COVID-19 testing at sick visits.
If your child does not need to be seen and just needs a COVID-19 test, please refer to the RI Department of Health School Testing Program website to schedule. If you have trouble scheduling online or have questions the DOH Pre-K-12 hotline is 844-857-1814 (M-F 8:30-5, Sat/Sun 8:30-4:30).
If you are interested in getting your child (age12+) a COVID-19 vaccine we are administering the Pfizer mRNA vaccine on Wednesday late afternoons. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.
We will be hosting our usual fall flu vaccine clinics (again outside!). We will post information on the website and mail home postcards soon with the details.
We are always available to discuss your concerns, don’t hesitate to call.
EGP 12+ BOOSTER CLINIC THIS SUNDAY 1/16/22 from 12-2pm
Please call the office this week to schedule your child’s COVID 3rd dose.
If your child is 5 months or more from their primary vaccine series (2 doses) the CDC has recommended a third booster dose.
Vaccine efficacy may wane over time. In follow up studies, a booster dose has been shown to be effective in preventing severe disease. Many vaccines in childhood require booster doses (dTap, Polio, Pnumococcus, meningitis, etc!) Covid is no different.