COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Also: Coronavirus

For the safety of your family, this information is intended for use by North Seattle Pediatrics patients exclusively.

7/1/21:

Per our Department of Health: All people, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks in some settings:

  • Public transportation and in transportation hubs, including airports, bus or ferry terminals, and trains
  • Child care facilities, camps, K-12 schools or other child-focused settings when children are present or expected to be present
  • Health care settings like hospitals, long-term care, or doctors’ offices
  • Correctional facilities in areas where incarcerated individuals are present or expected to be present
  • Homeless shelters in areas where individuals being served are present or expected to be present

5/17/21:

Seattle Children’s is providing COVID-19 vaccination services to the general public, including our patients. At this time, all people 12 years and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state under an Emergency Use Authorization.

Visit their website at: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/patients-families/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information

5/12/21:

You may now schedule an appointment with UW Medicine immediately in one of two ways.
To book an appointment:
Visit their website at uwmedicine.org/schedulevaccine.
Call us at 844.520.8700.
Additionally, they are offering WALK-IN appointments at four sites beginning Thursday, May 13, during the following hours:
North King County Vaccination Clinic: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This is located in the auditorium of the Shoreline Center at 18560 1st Ave. N.E. in Shoreline. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
UW Medical Center – Montlake: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
UW Medical Center – Northwest: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Harborview Medical Center: 9:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Please note that consent from an authorized adult is required for vaccination of all 12- to 15-year-olds. For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine for this age group, please refer to the FAQ on our website, where you also can find many other COVID-19 resources.

5/11/21:

COVID-19 Vaccine is now available for ages 12 years and up! We are unable to administer the vaccine here in our office due to the difficulty in storage requirements associated with the Pfizer vaccine.

One option is the UW will begin scheduling ages 12-15 on May 11 for appointments; walk-ins begin May 13. Click on link below for details. You do not have to be a current UW Medicine patient and there is no charge for the vaccine. https://www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus/vaccine

Or try the Vaccine Locator to find a location near you. https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/

4/8/21:

Washington residents age 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 15.
King County: To help residents find and book appointments, the City of Seattle opened a vaccination appointment notification list for anyone in Tiers 1-4 of Phase 1A and Phase 1B.

Preregistration is available for anyone 16 or older, residents who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination and anyone who lives or works in King County.

Anyone who signs up for this notification list will receive an email when an appointment becomes available at any of the city-run vaccination sites. The vaccination sites are located in North Seattle, Rainier Beach, West Seattle, and the Lumen Field Event Center.

Residents who receive a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine will be scheduled for a second dose while scheduling their first dose.

All WA counties: Washington residents can also use the Vaccine Locator tool to register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

3/22/21:

Comic: How the Covid Vaccine Can Save Your Life

3/19/21:

Covid vaccine info for families-

Vaccines for COVID-19 are becoming available as part of a phased approach in Washington. Getting immunized can protect you and your loved ones from becoming ill with the coronavirus.

Currently, Washington is in Phase 1b Tier 2. In addition to people included in the previous phase, Phase 1b Tier 2 includes people age 16 and up who are pregnant or who have a disability that puts them at high risk for severe COVID-19.

Children with the following conditions might be at increased risk for severe illness:

  • obesity
  • Down’s syndrome and severe genetic disorders
  • severe neurologic disorders, inherited metabolic disorders
  • sickle cell disease and thalassemia
  • congenital (since birth) heart disease
  • diabetes type 1 and 2
  • chronic kidney disease
  • asthma (moderate to severe and poorly controlled) and other chronic lung disease
  • immunosuppression due to malignancy or immune-weakening medications.
  • those who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low-vision, or deaf-blind and people with a physical or intellectual disability where they cannot use protective measures (e.g., severe autism, epilepsy)

We do not currently have COVID vaccine in our office but below are resources for families and patients to help schedule your vaccine if you qualify.

DOH vaccine eligibility criteria

Vaccinations For Current Seattle Children’s Patients

Pediatric patients who are eligible for the vaccine but who are not current Seattle Children’s patients may still access the vaccine through Seattle Children’s public portal or another public vaccination site.

2/14/21:

Improve How Your Mask Protects You

2/8/21:

Isolation and Quarantine Calculator

1/28/21

On this website, https://sites.google.com/uw.edu/supportourstudents/home, you will find free legal, mental health, technology, housing and food support for students and families in the Seattle and King County Area.

1/7/21

We look forward to the day when children are safely able to go back to school and enjoy their communities, thanks to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.

The timing of vaccine availability for children will depend on the results of the trials of the vaccine in adolescents and children that are planned or underway now. But based on the current pace of research, it may be possible to have a vaccine for at least some age groups of children and adolescents before the 2021-22 school year begins.

We will update here as we know more information. Also, at this time, we do not know where these vaccines will be given.

11/23/20

We are continuing to screen all families with appointments for well visits, consults and non acute sick appointments. Screening questionnaires may be texted prior to the appointment. Please call from your car when you have arrived at our parking lot or if you walk here, as you are approaching the building to check in for the appointment. Final screening will happen at this point. If there are any concerns with current symptoms or exposure to Covid-19 with the patient or any household contacts-the appointment will be canceled and rescheduled. This is to provide the safest care to our families and our staff.

Regarding Covid-19 testing at Seattle Children’s Hospital: Please do not call for results until at least 48 hours after the test was done. We will call you as soon as we get the results faxed to us. And we also attach the results to the patient’s My Kids Chart.

8/6/20

We are now doing phone check in for all appointments! Please call from your car when you have arrived. If you walk to our building, then please call before entering. Call 206-368-6080. We have dedicated phone lines for this check in process.

We will be asking these screening questions:

1) Has the patient, or any household or close contact of the patient, had any of the following in the past 72 hours:

Fever (100.4 or higher), chills, shortness of breath, cough, nasal congestion/drainage, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea or new rash?

2) Has the patient, or any household or close contact of the patient, been diagnosed with COVID-19? If yes, must quarantine for 14 days and have no symptoms for at least 72 hours before the appointment.

3) Has the patient, or any household or close contact of the patient, traveled on an airplane or outside the state in the past 14 days?

If any of the above are yes, you might be rescheduled or we will have someone call you while you are outside of our office to get more details. Your doctor then determines if we proceed with the appointment.

7/23/20

A Washington State health order directs everyone to wear face coverings in all indoor public settings or when outdoors and unable to maintain a 6 foot separation from others.

It is our office policy to NOT write for mask exemptions except for the following reasons:

-the deaf or hard of hearing

-certain disabilities and health conditions (such as severe autism)

-children under 2 years (the Department of Health recommends children 3-5 years use face coverings if possible and children 5 year and older are required to wear them)

Businesses, including our office, are required to ensure that all clients wear a mask.

7/21/20

The UW Medical Center building policy requires all entering to wear a mask, as advised by Governor Inslee. Please note that parents and patients over age 2 are REQUIRED to wear a face mask in our office.

Screening questions for all appointments:
1) Has the patient, or any household or close contact of the patient, had any of the following in the past 72 hours:

Fever (110.4 or higher), chills, shortness of breath, cough, nasal congestion/drainage, loss of smell or taste, sore throat, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea or new rash?

2) Has the patient, or any household or close contact of the patient, been diagnosed with COVID-19? If yes, must quarantine for 14 days and have no symptoms for at least 72 hours before the appointment.

3) Has the patient, or any household or close contact of the patient, traveled on an airplane or outside the state in the past 14 days?

If any of the above are yes, we will reschedule a well exam. Or if it is a sick visit, a nurse may call you for more details.

6/1/20

In web links below, there is a new article on Returning to Child Care.

5/28/20

New link below for community resources if needed during the pandemic.

5/13/20

HERE’S AN UPDATE ON WHAT NORTH SEATTLE PEDIATRICS IS DOING TO HELP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE:

OUR FOCUS ON SAFETY
Keeping patients, staff and providers safe and healthy is our top priority. When you come into the clinic to see your provider, or for lab or diagnostic services in our building, we want to reassure you that we have comprehensive safety measures in place, including:
· Screening all patients over the phone and at entry, and screening of all staff and providers
· Requiring masks for all patients over 2 years of age, parents and staff
· Rigorous cleaning protocols and frequent disinfecting of surfaces
· Adapting our spaces to accommodate physical distancing
· Keeping ample supplies of personal protective equipment for use by our staff
· Maintaining separate times and spaces for sick and well children

ABOUT YOUR VISIT
You will notice some changes when you come in to see us. Screeners will greet you at the building entrance to ask you about any recent symptoms of infection. We ask that all parents/caregivers and patients over two years of age wear masks. Please allow a few extra minutes before your appointment time for the screening process. The current recommendation is to bring only children who have appointments along to the visit and one parent/caregiver to minimize people in the building.
We have modified our waiting room to allow for physical distancing. We appreciate your patience as we adapt to our new environment.

TELEMEDICINE OPTIONS
We continue to offer telemedicine services for your safety and convenience for many types of concerns. Telemed visits are currently covered by most insurance plans. Some of the things we can use telemed for are: rashes, pink eye, follow up visits for ADHD and depression/anxiety/behavior issues, screening COVID-19 symptoms and certain injuries. Please call 206-368-6080 to schedule. A staff member will help determine if your concern is appropriate for a telemed visit. At this time, we are not using telemed for well visits. We are, however, prioritizing our morning appointment times for well visits so well children are not in the office when sick children are here.

We are also offering after hours telemed visits for urgent concerns. You can request a telemed visit with the doctor on call by calling 206-368-6080 from 5-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Our office is still open for urgent visits on Saturday mornings 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

COVID-19 TESTING
Drive through COVID-19 testing is now being offered by Seattle Children’s by appointment. Please see this link: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/healthcare-professionals/covid-19-testing/ for more information, and call us if you think your child needs testing.

We are here for you as your child’s medical home, and we continue to strive to provide the very best medical care available for your child’s needs.

Talking with Your Children About COVID-19

We understand that this may be a stressful time while you continue to monitor your own and your child’s physical and mental health during an outbreak. The following resources are available to help you and your child during this time: ImaginAction (helps you be more in control over how you feel) and  Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety.