Does Tribeca Pediatrics administer the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, we are offering the Moderna COVID vaccine for children 6 months to 11 years old. For a full update, read here .
We are not currently offering the COVID vaccine for children 12 years and older.
Does Tribeca Pediatrics offer the Bivalent Booster vaccine?
No, the Bivalent COVID vaccines are no longer authorized for use. Both Pfizer and Moderna brands are now mRNA monovalent vaccines, with the same COVID variant of XBB.1.5.
Is the Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines for all age groups have been proven safe and effective and approved by the FDA and CDC.
What side effects can one expect from the vaccine?
Your child may experience minor side effects including arm soreness, fever, body aches and fatigue. These symptoms can last 1-2 days.
How many COVID-19 vaccines doses will my child need to receive?
Children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years who have already had 2 or more doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the past, will only need to get one dose of the Moderna vaccine, at least 8 weeks from the last dose. If they have never received a COVID vaccine or only 1 dose of the Pfizer brand, they will need two doses of the Moderna vaccine, 4 weeks from the last dose.
Children between 5 years to 11 years will only need one dose of either brand.
What if my child gets COVID-19 in between doses?
It is advised to wait at least 3 months after a COVID infection to receive the new COVID vaccine.
My child had COVID-19 recently. In this case, is the vaccine still recommended?
If they are fully recovered and asymptomatic, the COVID-19 vaccine is recommended.
What if my child or I have allergies, or a history of anaphylaxis?
Anyone who has a history of anaphylaxis should discuss this with their doctor prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. For all patients, there is a waiting period after the vaccine is administered so that any potential reactions can be monitored.
Are there any contraindications? Is it okay to get the COVID-19 vaccine along with other routine vaccines at the same time or recently given?
There are no contraindications or limitations in minimal spacing between the COVID-19 vaccine and other routine vaccines, including the flu vaccine.
Should I wait for my child to turn 5 to get the larger dose?
We do not recommend waiting. The pediatric dose is proved effective for children within this age range (regardless of the size or weight of your child).
Are schools and daycares requiring the COVID-19 vaccine?
At this time, there is no state requirement for COVID-19 vaccine at schools. Private daycares and schools may have different requirements.
COVID-19 Testing FAQ
What test do you use?
Nasal PCR test.
Do you offer the COVID-19 rapid test?
We do not offer the rapid (antigen) test, as these tests have proven to be less reliable and also require a confirmatory PCR test for negative results.
Where can my child get tested?
Screening: Testing for screening (clearance for school, travel) can be scheduled at any Tribeca Pediatrics location. For a screening visit, you child must be symptom free and without any known COVID-19 exposure.
Symptoms: If your child has COVID-like symptoms, we will schedule an appointment with the pediatrician to evaluate to determine if a COVID-19 test is warranted.
Exposure: If your child was exposed to someone with COVID-19, a nurse will triage you over the phone to determine if and when your child should be tested.
Who can get tested?
Pediatric patients. We are not offering testing to adults.
Is there a minimum age for the COVID-19 test?
There is no age limitation. If warranted, it may be performed on a newborn.
How is the COVID-19 test conducted?
The sample is taken with a nasal swab.
What lab do you use?
How soon will I be notified with results?
The turnaround time for results is about 5 days. You will receive an email or phone call with the results.
Is there an additional cost for the test?
No. We will bill your child’s insurance.
Listen to selected COVID-19 podcast episodes of Tribeca Pediatrics: On Call, with Dr. TJ Gold:
Released: November 2nd, 2021
Released: May 11th, 2021
Released: January 29th, 2021