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COVID-19 Vaccine Information Updates:

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We urge anyone who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get vaccinated. Pfizer can continue to be used for anyone 12 years of age and older. Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) can be used on anyone 18 years of age and older. Vaccines against COVID-19 are both safe and effective and help protect yourself and loved ones. In addition to completing a ‘primary vaccine series’ which is either 2 doses of Pfizer, 2 doses of Moderna OR 1 dose of Janssen, some people are eligible to get a 3rd dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine to improve protection if you fall into one of the 2 groups below.

Group 1 (Additional dose): You are moderately or severely immunocompromised AND you got your 2nd dose of Pfizer OR Moderna at least 28 days ago.

If so, you are eligible to get an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. It is best if you get the same type of vaccine that you got for your primary series but if you cannot get it is okay to get another type as long as it is an mRNA type of vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna)

Examples of conditions that make you moderately or severely immunocompromised include but are not limited to the following:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

* For more information about immunocompromised and underlying conditions please visit the CDC’s Medical Conditions page or speak to your primary care doctor about your health status.

This additional dose is recommended because people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 disease and may not get as much protection from the vaccine as other people, and this additional dose will help increase protection.

Group 2 (Booster dose): If you received 2 doses of the PFIZER vaccine and your 2nd dose was at least 6 months ago, the CDC has put out the following formation about getting a ‘booster dose’. A booster dose is getting another dose of the vaccine to help increase your protection.

  • You SHOULD get a booster if you are
    • Age 65 or more
    • If you are 18 years old or more and live in a long-term care facility
    • If you are age 50-64 and you have underlying medical conditions
  • If you are in the below categories you can think about getting a booster based on what your personal risks and benefits are for getting a booster.
    • If you are age 18-49 with underlying medical conditions
    • If you are 18-64 and live or work in a place that puts you at high risk for getting or spreading COVID-19.

Please note: if you got Moderna or Janssen COVID-19 vaccines you cannot get a booster right now but that might change

If you have questions, you should talk to your primary care doctor about your health status and whether a 3rd dose of the vaccine is right for you.

Please continue to check our website regularly for the latest news and updates regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine or visit the CDC’s Facts and Information page for more information.

Patients of the Ambulatory Care Network can receive the COVID-19 vaccine during their next primary care visit, or can make an appointment specifically for the vaccine by calling their primary care practice, using the MyChartapp or myconnect web browser.

 

Pediatric Updates

Vaccination Update

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Dear Patient/ Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

We are reaching out to you with our updates on the COVID vaccine.  As you have likely seen on the news, the CDC and FDA have approved Pfizer vaccine for those children between 5 years and 11 years of age.  As your child’s doctor and health care teams we have reviewed the data and the science presented and we strongly recommend your child between 5 and 11 years of age receive their COVID vaccine.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Anyone who is 5 years or older can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is free for everyone!

You do not have to be documented to get the vaccine. No one will ask for your immigration papers when you go to get a vaccine.

Does my doctor recommend the vaccine against COVID-19?

Yes!

Protection against COVID-19 is important for your health, your family, and your community. The COVID vaccine Pfizer has shown more than 90% protection against getting COVID disease.

The vaccines are safe and have been shown to prevent children from getting hospitalized and dying of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor about why the vaccine is right for your child.

Unless your child has a known allergy to polyethylene glycol (PEG), this vaccine is recommended. If your child has a very rare PEG allergy you should speak with your doctor before getting the vaccine.

What happens when my child gets the COVID-19 vaccine?

After getting the vaccine, your child may feel pain at the injection site, pain in the arm, headache or feel tired. This usually lasts about one to two days. Some people get fever and body pain, but most people only have a sore arm.

What is the dose of the vaccine and how many doses are needed?

For children ages 5-11 years of age, 2 doses separated by 21 days are needed for full protection. The dose of the vaccine is 1/3 the amount of the vaccine in those 12 and older.

All children and adults need 2 doses for full protection and you will be scheduled for the 2nd dose on the day you receive your first dose.

Can my child get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time?

Yes! We recommend that everyone 5 years and older get BOTH vaccines. This will protect your child from getting sick with COVID-19 and Flu.  You can receive both vaccines on the same day.

How do I make an appointment for the COVID-19 and Flu vaccine?

For Columbia Patients:

There are many ways your child can get these vaccines:

  1. All eligible children will be offered their flu and COVID-19 vaccines at scheduled visits at their practice in the Fall/Winter. 
  2. You can self-schedule your child’s appointment online: https://schedule.nyp.org/covid_vaccine_acn_columbia
  3. You can call the practice, contact our Call Center at 1-866-463-2778 or send a message to your doctor through MYCHART/CONNECT asking for a vaccine ONLY appointment with a nurse. The Practice will schedule you for an appointment at one of our locations.  We also have appointments for flu and COVID-19 on Saturdays at the Audubon Practice.
  4. COVID-19 vaccines only for any member of your family you can call the NMIC/NYP Community Hotline at 646-838-0319.  Someone who speaks English and Spanish will make the appointment for you.
  5. You can go with your child to a local pharmacy which offers the flu vaccine for children ages 3 and up and COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up. We will be able to see the vaccine records in your child’s medical record.

You can also find other sites at:  COVID19vaccine.health.ny.govwww.nyc.gov/vaccinefinder, www.nycvaccinelist.com, vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/ or Bronx residents may schedule at somosvaccination.mdland.com/p/covid/.

For Cornell Patients:

There are many ways your child can get these vaccines:

  1. All eligible children will be offered their flu and COVID-19 vaccines at scheduled visits at their practice in the Fall/Winter.
  2. You can self-schedule your child’s appointment online: https://schedule.nyp.org/covid_vaccine_acn_cornell  
  3. You can call the practice at 212-746-3303, send a message to your doctor in Pediatrics through MYCHART/CONNECT asking for a vaccine ONLY appointment with a nurse, or self-schedule for the COVID vaccine at the Belfer Research building at 413 East 69th Street, New York, NY on MyChart/Connect
  4. COVID-19 vaccines only for any member of your family you can call the NMIC/NYP Community Hotline at 646-838-0319.  Someone who speaks English and Spanish will make the appointment for you.
  5. You can go with your child to a local pharmacy which offers the flu vaccine for children ages 3 and up and COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up. We will be able to see the vaccine records in your child’s medical record.

You can also find other sites at:  COVID19vaccine.health.ny.govwww.nyc.gov/vaccinefinder, www.nycvaccinelist.com, vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/ or Bronx residents may schedule at somosvaccination.mdland.com/p/covid/.

If you are having issues with your MYCHART/CONNECT account, please call 646-962-4200 for help.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Do not wait until your annual checkup – it is important to get these vaccines for your child as soon as you can to keep them safe!

Sincerely,

Your Care Team at NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network

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Dear Patient/ Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

As we start a new school year, we wanted to share with you some updates for our pediatric practices about COVID-19 and Flu. We, the doctors and the health care teams at Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian, want you to know that we are here for you.

How can we plan for a safe school year during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to be safe is for all members of your family who are 12 years or older to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It is the best way for your children to be able to go to school and not get sick.

It is also very important that all children 2 years of age and older wear their masks at all times when they are away from their family. Wearing masks will prevent COVID-19 from spreading at schools and daycares.

Get your child and your family tested if you have been exposed or have signs of having COVID-19.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Anyone who is 12 years or older can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is free for everyone!

You do not have to be documented to get the vaccine. No one will ask for your immigration papers when you go to get a vaccine.

Does my doctor recommend the vaccine against COVID-19?

Yes!

Protection against COVID-19 is important for your health, your family, and your community.

The vaccines are safe and have been shown to prevent you from getting hospitalized and dying of COVID-19

If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor about why the vaccine is right for you.

What happens when I or my child gets the COVID-19 vaccine?

After getting the vaccine, you or your child may feel pain at the injection site, pain in your arm, headache or feel tired. This usually lasts about one to two days. Some people get fever and body pain, but most people only have a sore arm.

Who needs a flu vaccine this year?

We recommend that all children ages 6 month and up get their yearly flu vaccine to protect against the flu.

It is a requirement that all children ages 6 months to 59 months of age in NYC childcare programs such as Head Start, nursery, public or non-public PreK and 3-K receive at least one dose of the flu vaccine between July 1, 2021 and by December 31, 2021.

If your child does not receive it he/she will not be allowed to attend the program. Please plan ahead.

Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine at the same time?

Yes! We recommend that everyone 12 years and older get BOTH vaccines. This will protect your child from getting sick with COVID-19 and Flu.  You can receive both vaccines on the same day.

How do I make an appointment for the COVID-19 and Flu vaccine?

There are many ways your child can get these vaccines:

  1. All eligible children will be offered their flu and COVID-19 vaccines at scheduled visits at their practice in the Fall/ Winter. 
  2. You can call the practice, contact our Call Center at 1-866-463-2778 or send a message to your doctor in Pediatrics through MYCHART/CONNECT asking for  a vaccine ONLY appointment with a nurse. The Practice will schedule you for an appointment at one of our locations.  We also have appointments for flu and COVID-19 on Saturdays at the Audubon Practice.
  3. COVID-19 vaccines only for any member of your family you can call the NMIC/NYP Community Hotline at 646-838-0319.  Someone who speaks English and Spanish will make the appointment for you.
  4. You can go with your child to a local pharmacy which offers the flu vaccine for children ages 3 and up and COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and up. We will be able to see the vaccine records in your child’s medical record.
  5. You can also find other sites at:  COVID19vaccine.health.ny.gov,  www.nyc.gov/vaccinefinder, www.nycvaccinelist.com, vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s/ or Bronx residents may schedule at somosvaccination.mdland.com/p/covid/.

If you are having issues with your MYCHART/CONNECT account, please call 646-962-4200 for help.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Do not wait until your annual check up—it is important to get these vaccines for your child as soon as you can to keep them safe!

Dear parent(s) or guardian(s),

We, the doctors and the health care teams at Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian, are here to take care of you in a safe way. 

All of our practices are open Monday to Friday by appointment ONLY.  The Audubon Practice continues to be open on Saturdays for flu shots by appointment ONLY.

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Will the clinic be a safe place?

Your safety comes first. We want you to know that we have increased our safety measures and that your experience will be more comfortable, modern and efficient than ever before.  Our waiting rooms are designed to allow for social distancing and you will not wait in the waiting room long, if at all.  The practice staff follow CDC guidelines and has the proper personal protective equipment and wear it at all times.  We are sanitizing areas throughout the day and exam rooms are cleaned extensively between all patient visits.

How do you call your Practice if you need an in-person appointment for a physical exam?

Audubon Practice: (212) 342-3200
Broadway Practice: (212) 304-6922
Rangel Practice: (212) 491-2300
Washington Heights Family Health Center: (212) 342-3060

What if I need a school physical form for my child?

If your child has had a physical exam in the last 18 months, their form can be completed without a new visit.  If your child needs a form, PLEASE send a message using MyChart, the patient portal.

What if I need a WIC form for my child?

All WIC offices are closed but they are available by phone at (212) 928-6500.  A blood test before your child’s WIC appointment may still be needed.  Please contact your practice by MyChart to see if we can complete your form with the information, we have from your most recent visit.

If your child or adolescent (any age) is sick, PLEASE CALL YOUR PRACTICE FIRST. We will see them either through a video visit using your phone/tablet or in person.

If your child or adolescent is suffering from increased anxiety or sadness or if you would like to talk to a social worker, please call your Practice.  We are here to help. Counseling is available via video.

If your child has asthma or wheezing, please bring your ALBUTEROL or VENTOLIN pump to all your medical appointments.  Using your own pump is the safest way to treat your child’s asthma.

If you are having issues with your MYCHART account, please call 646-962-4200.

Where can my child be tested for COVID if needed?

DOH Testing sites in Bronx and Manhattan

For more information call 1-844-NYC-4NYC or go to https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/covid-19-testing-sites/

 

BRONX

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis (ALL AGES)
545 East 142nd Street - Bronx, New York 10454
844-NYC-4NYC
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi (ALL AGES)
1400 Pelham Parkway South - Bronx, New York 10461
718-918-5000
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln (ALL AGES)
234 East 149th Street - Bronx, New York 10451
718-579-5000
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania (ALL AGES)
1225 Gerard Avenue - Bronx, New York 10452
844-NYC-4NYC
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx (ALL AGES)
3424 Kossuth Avenue - Bronx, New York 10467
Appointments: 844-692-4692
General Information: 718-918-5700
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Tremont (CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
1920 Webster Ave - Bronx, New York 10457
844-NYC-4NYC
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

4101 White Plains (CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
4101 White Plains Road - Bronx, NY 10466
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Bathgate Contract Postal Station (CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
4006 3rd Avenue - Bronx, NY 19457
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Edward Grant(CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
1302 Edward L Grant Highway (Entrance on W 169th and Cromwell) - Bronx, NY 10452
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Rapid Point of Care Testing Available Here

Rain Boston Road Senior Center (CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
2424 Boston Road - Bronx, NY 10467
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

St James Rec Center (CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
2530 Jerome Avenue - Bronx, NY 10468
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Rapid Point of Care Testing Available Here

Co-op City Retail Space (CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
105 Dreiser Loop - Bronx, NY 10475
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

MANHATTAN

NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue (ALL AGES)
462 First Avenue - New York, New York 10016
212-562-5555
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, Walk Ins: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health
(CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
Dyckman - Clinica de Las Americas
175 Nagle Avenue - New York, New York 10034
844-NYC-4NYC
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur (ALL AGES)
227 Madison Street - New York, New York 10002
844-NYC-4NYC
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem (ALL AGES)
506 Lenox Avenue - New York, New York 10037
212-939-1000
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan (ALL AGES)
1901 First Avenue - New York, New York 10029
212-423-6262
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Sydenham (ALL AGES)
264 West 118th Street - New York, New York 10026
844-NYC-4NYC
COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Highbridge Pool (CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
2301 Amsterdam Avenue - New York, New York 10033
844-NYC-4NYC
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Old Broadway (CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
21 Old Broadway - New York, NY 10027
844-NYC-4NYC
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saint Nicholas Houses (CHILDREN 2 YEARS AND OLDER)
281 West 127th Street - New York, New York 10035
844-NYC-4NYC
Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Most Urgent care locations also do FREE COVID testing.

Thank you for your understanding in helping us keep our patients, families, and loved ones protected and healthy during this time.