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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 12-22. There is ample supply of vaccine in the community at public health facilities, retail drug stores and with primary care doctors. Families are encouraged to find the most convenient and timely option for their child. 

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.

Vaccines for Children Age 5-11

The FDA is expected to grant Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be used for children ages 5-11 soon. We know the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing severe infection and hospitalization. Children’s National encourages all parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible once Emergency Use Authorization is granted.

Children’s National Hospital will be administering vaccine to patients in certain outpatient clinics as part of routine visits. We will also be offering vaccine to inpatients who qualify. Additionally, we will be conducting vaccine events for patients who have an increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection. If a child falls into that category, their family will receive a text message from us.

There are a number of options available to families seeking the vaccine for their 5-11 year old child. We encourage families to call their pediatrician, use retail drug stores like Walgreens or CVS and consider public health distribution in the county or city they live in to obtain the vaccine for their child. Families should also check out the CDC vaccine finder for locations within their area: vaccines.gov.

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. Please use this guide to decide when to get tested and where to get tested.

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.

Resources for Providers and Practice Care Teams