Concord Pediatrics is closely monitoring the pandemic caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are following all guidelines from the CDC and the NH Department of Health and Human Services. We will update this page frequently as new information becomes available. (7/23/21)
- Adults and children over 2 years old - Thank you for wearing a mask or face covering to your appointment!
- If you or your child are currently QUARANTINED, due to close contact to a person with COVID-19, please let our office know - we will make accommodations to see your child.
- A parent or child who is currently in ISOLATION due to testing positive for COVID-19, should not come to the office unless we have made special accommodations for your situation.
Can I get a vaccine? Can my kids get vaccinated?
At Concord Pediatrics we are thrilled to announce that all of our doctors and nurse practitioners, our nurse, and our team members in the front office have been vaccinated! Yes, 100% of our staff is vaccinated to protect you, our families, ourselves, and our community.
Vaccine Questions? Start here with COVID-19 Questions and Answers from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
All individuals 12 years of age or older are now eligible to register for vaccination in NH (phase 3B).
What is the process for registering and scheduling an appointment?
Concord Pediatrics will offer COVID-19 vaccine when we have the necessary storage capabilities - this may not be until September. We would encourage any vaccine eligible patients to not wait, and use an alternative site as soon as possible! Please contact our office with any questions.
Individuals 12 and older will go to a state-participating Walgreens Pharmacy, or another pharmacy (CVS, Rite Aid etc.) or supermarket (Hannaford, Walmart, etc.) that is offering vaccines. Please note that 12-15 year-olds need Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which may or may not be available at these sites (depending on their inventory that day). Some pharmacy-based vaccination sites are offering walk-in appointments (verify that they have the correct vaccine available for your/your child's age).
As of Spring 2021, vaccine clinical trials have begun in younger children. COVID-19 vaccines may not be approved for younger children (6 months and older) for several more months. By the time one or more COVID-19 vaccines are available for younger children we will have more data, more studies, and likely additional vaccines. Questions or concerns you have now may be answered or may not even be applicable at that point. So for now, hang in there and follow the science.
For more information please see the following links:
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information and NH COVID-19 Vaccine Phases from NH DHHS
- COVID 19 Vaccine Information for Families from the CDC
- Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines from the CDC
My unvaccinated child was in close contact with someone who tested positive - what do I do?
- If this COVID-19 positive person was in your household, your child needs to quarantine - stay at home for at least 10 days. *See the current Self-Quarantine Guidelines for further information and exceptions to this rule.
- As of June 2021, if the contact was outside your household, Self-Observation for symptoms is acceptable per NH Department of Health. This differs from CDC Quarantine Guidelines.
- Follow any guidance you get from the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
- Consider testing, even if no symptoms, after day 5 (counting since exposure to the person with COVID-19).
What about school, daycare, and sports? "I need a note to return to school."
- Public Health guidelines state that a child must be sent home from school (or stay home from school) if they develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19, even if those symptoms are mild. Unfortunately, it is impossible to distinguish the symptoms of a common cold from symptoms of COVID-19 and we cannot write a “return to school” note without performing a COVID test. We can evaluate your child and do testing for COVID-19 at our office.
- We are able to provide documentation of previously known conditions such as headaches, seasonal allergies, or asthma.
- Find information for those who have had COVID-19 and need a note or "clearance" to return to sports here.
What about playing with friends? Seeing family?
- When getting together with someone outside your immediate family (whomever you live with) it is important to have open and frequent conversations about risk tolerance and the degree to which your family is isolating. If you decide to get together with other people - continue to discuss risks and exposures, and be ready to alter plans if the number of infections in our area goes up, or if anyone in your group feels the slightest bit ill. Remember the goal is to avoid Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings. Being outside, spread out, and wearing masks will decrease your risk.
- Guidelines are updated frequently to include the role of vaccination status. See CDC Guidelines to make informed decisions about small gatherings.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
- The CDC still discourages non-essential travel. For the most up-to-date information visit the CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel page.
Please see the following links for more helpful information.
- CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website for "What you should know," "Latest Updates," and "Information for Specific Audiences."
- NH Department of Health and Human Services 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for "Frequently Asked Questions," and the latest updates for New Hampshire