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COVID-19 Update:Learn where you can get your child vaccinated, as well as other important facts about COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Primary Care Providers

Children's National Hospital is adapting and responding to the ever fluid situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working with local, state and national experts to bring you the following resources to help you and your practice during this time.

Information about COVID-19 Vaccination at Children's National

Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Children’s National is administering the Pfizer vaccine to individuals ages 5 and older.

  • Families can obtain vaccines for their 5-11 year old by completing this form.
  • There are a number of safe and convenient options available to families seeking vaccines for their 5-11-year-old children. We encourage families to call their pediatrician, use schools and retail drug stores like Walgreens or CVS, and consider public health distribution in the county or city you live in to obtain the vaccine for your child. Families can visit www.vaccines.gov to find a location to receive the vaccine.
  • The Walgreens location at the Children’s National main hospital campus is accepting appointments to vaccinate eligible individuals with the Pfizer vaccine.
  • Eligible children may be offered Pfizer vaccine as part of specialty outpatient visits and during emergency department visits.
  • Children’s National and HSC inpatients who meet age requirements will also be provided the vaccine when it’s considered appropriate for them by the medical team.

Information about COVID-19 Testing

If a child is experiencing a medical emergency due to possible symptoms of COVID-19, we recommend they go to the nearest urgent care or Emergency Department. If a child does not have any symptoms or very mild symptoms that aren’t concerning, we recommend testing at a community-based site.

NOTE: Many schools are offering testing for students who develop symptoms at school. We encourage parents to opt-in for testing. Those results typically come back within 24-48 hours. Families are encouraged to check with their local school district for more information.

  • If there are no symptoms or known exposure (after travel or possible exposure), get community-based testing 3-5 days after travel or possible exposure if vaccinated; 5 days if unvaccinated.
  • If there are no symptoms or known exposure (need test for work or school), get community-based testing in the timing as needed for school or work.
  • If there are no symptoms but known exposure to a person who tested positive for COVID-19*, get community-based testing 5 days after exposure.
  • For mild symptoms (such as runny nose) that don't concern you, get community-based testing as soon as possible (within 1-3 days).
  • For symptoms that concern you, contact you PCP for an urgent office appointment or referral to an urgent care facility within 1-2 days of symptoms starting.

*Some school districts do not require testing for vaccinated students who were exposed and have no symptoms, but testing is advisable.

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