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Coronavirus Update

9/27/2021
 
UPDATED*

*We are continuing to offer both Rapid COVID antigen testing and COVID PCR testing at our office; however, we now need to limit testing to only those children being seen for sick appointments.  If you require a COVID test simply for return to public activity, then you can utilize the one of the multitude of sites across the state which offer COVID testing.  See  COVID testing for the nearest location.

We support CDC advised mask mandates for schools and daycare. Please see our policy on mask exemptions.

We are continuing to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in our office for existing patients and family members.  Please use the COVID-19 Vaccine Sign Up Sheet to be eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine. We are monitoring the increased reports of myocarditis and pericarditis in adolescents and young adults after COVID-19 vaccination. Our practice continues to wholeheartedly endorse the recommendations of the CDC, which state: "The known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis. We continue to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for anyone 12 years of age and older."

As of May 2021, the CDC no longer recommended that COVID-19 vaccines be given alone. Therefore, COVID-19 and other vaccines can be given without regard to timing. Thus, other vaccines can be administered on the same day as or within 14 days of any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. This should make it easier for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Check out the CDC Guidelines When You've Been Vaccinated for updated exposure recommendations after a person is considered fully vaccinated (>2 weeks after their final vaccine dose).


See these additional links for important office related COVID-19 related information:

*COVID-19 Scenarios addresses the most common questions we are receiving about COVID-19

Click MIS-C to lean what we currently know and when to be concerned

*When can my child return to daycare, school, work, etc? See how our doctors will determine whether your child is cleared to return to public activities.

Please view our procedure for in-office evaluation of patients with symptoms possibly related to COVID.

Click the link for our appointment procedures to see how to utilize curbside check-in for you visit to our office.

Click the link for specific information on COVID testing in the state of Maryland.



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Below are links to both national and local resources for helpful and up to date information on COVID-19.  These links are regular updated by the hosting organizations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information (CDC)

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019

US Food and Drug Administration COVID-19 Testing Basics

Coronavirus--Maryland State Dept of Health 

University of Maryland Coronavirus Update 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Johns Hopkins Medicine

Howard County Health Dept COVID-19


Should you have any questions that are not answered by the resources above, feel free to call our office or contact us via electronic message using the patient portal.  

(Originally created 07/09/2020)
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