COVID-19

An Update from our Providers...

November 04, 2021

 

UPDATE ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

 

As of November 02, 2021, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for use in children as young as

5 years-old.  We are holding our first COVID vaccine clinic for this age group on Tuesday, November 09.

Please call our Morganton office to get your child scheduled.  Since the dose is lower than the dose for those 12 years and older, we will NOT be scheduling patients in both age groups on the same day. 

 

Due to increasing vaccinations in adolescents and adults, in addition to masking and good hand hygiene, the infection rate in Burke County has dropped below 5%.  We anticipate that once the younger children (5 – 11 years) begin receiving the COVID vaccine, this rate will continue to drop.  Even if you or your child have been infected with covid-19, this does not mean you are immune for life; many people have been infected (and even hospitalized) a second time.  The best available evidence recommends that you get vaccinated (12 weeks after a positive COVID test) in order to protect yourself against illness from future SARS-CoV-2 mutations.   To date, more than 700 children have died in the US from complications of COVID-19. 

 

All employees and clinicians at Mountain View Pediatrics have been vaccinated against COVID-19.  We are mandated to wear masks in the office, and we continue to ask all patients (over 2 years), parents and other family members to wear a face covering when inside the office. 

 

In terms of testing, we have in-office PCR (DNA-based) COVID testing which is available in 15 minutes.  This test is more sensitive than the antigen test.  For patients who just require testing due to exposure, we are sending those tests to our reference lab (LabCorp) which provides a result usually within 24-48 hours.  All of our COVID results are faxed to the child’s school, and they are entered into the state health department’s COVID registry. 

COVID Vaccine Clinic's

All COVID Vaccine Clinics are held at the Morganton Office 

Vaccines are now available for ages 5 & up

Ages 12 & Up
December 9th 2PM to 6PM
January 6th 2PM to 6PM

Ages 5 to 11
December 7th
9:30AM to 11:00AM & 2PM to 5PM
December 14th
9:30AM to 11:00AM & 2PM to 5PM
December 21st 
9:30AM to 11:00AM & 2PM to 5PM

January 4th
9:30AM to 11:00AM & 2PM to 5PM

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