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. (9/28/21)
- Adults and children over 2 years old - Thank you for continuing to wear 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.
Please scroll down for information on:
- Testing Positive
- Close Contact & Quarantine
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 for vaccination.
How do I get my child immunized?
Concord Pediatrics will offer COVID-19 vaccine when we have the necessary storage capabilities - this may not be until October. 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 pharmacy (Walgreens, 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).
COVID-19 vaccines may not be approved for children 5 years and older until October-November 2021 or later. Vaccines may not be available for children 6 months and up until 2022.
For more information please see the following links:
- COVID 19 Vaccine Information for Families from the CDC
- Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines from the CDC
My child needs a COVID-19 test.
My Child Tested Positive for COVID-19 - What do I do?
My child was in close contact with someone who tested positive - What do I do?
- Unvaccinated people (children and adults) in contact with a COVID-19 positive person in the same household will need to Self-Quarantine.
- Vaccinated people in contact with a COVID-19 positive person in the same household will need to follow Self-Observation Guidelines.
- Anyone in contact with a COVID-19 positive person outside their household should follow Self-Observation Guidelines.
- Follow any guidance you get from the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
- If a person who is self-quarantining or self-observing develops symptoms, they should get tested. Symptoms = Rapid or PCR Test.
- Anyone in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 can consider testing, even if they have no symptoms after day 5 (counting since exposure to the person with COVID-19). No symptoms = PCR Test.
What about masks for the 2021-2022 school year?
- This is a complicated and always-evolving issue which is affected by local numbers of active cases, current COVID-19 strains affecting your area, and vaccination rates. Even those who are fully vaccinated might not be 100% protected from different strains of COVID-19 (though they will have a much more mild illness!). We are also still studying if vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 if they are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Of most concern are those individuals under 12 who are not yet vaccinated, and those individuals that due to medical conditions (for example: autoimmune conditions, cancer) have been unable to be vaccinated, or may not have had a big enough immune response to the vaccination. When in doubt, wear a mask to protect yourselves and others. At Concord Pediatrics we stand behind the advice given by the American Academy of Pediatrics and our NH Health Department and State Epidemiologist, Benjamin P. Chan, MD, MPH. See the NH COVID-19 Response site for the latest updates, and visit healthychildren.org for more information.
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.
Should I cancel my travel plans?
- For the most up-to-date information visit the CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel page.