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TWO IMPORTANT COVID ANNOUNCEMENTS INCLUDING VACCINE

#1    The FDA has recommended and CDC has approved 2 Pfizer COVID Vaccines for emergency usage for children: (1) 5-11 years old, and (2) 12 years old through adult . These vaccines have been modified for use in the appropriate age group. Carroll Pediatric Center has received these vaccines for distribution. We also expect to keep receiving regular shipments of these vaccines. If you want to schedule your child’s vaccine, please call the office (410-795-7300) during regular office hours (Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM).  These are a 2 dose vaccines requiring a second dose at least 3 weeks after the first dose and a booster at least 5 months later.

#2    Carroll Pediatric Center has in office COVID tests available for testing when indicated. This is an extremely high-quality Antigen Test (LumiraDx) that is very accurate (but not 100%)  and will provide in office results within an hour. This test can be used for rapid COVID diagnosis and is equally acceptable as the PCR COVID test for allowing children to return to school in many jurisdictions. This will help in prompt management of children with any potential COVID symptoms – cough, congestion, fever, runny nose, diarrhea, etc.

We look forward to increasing our ability to help all of our families prevent and promptly manage COVID-19.

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