Does Tribeca Pediatrics administer the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes, if 6 months to <5 years: We are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine during well visits at all locations, with no additional scheduling required. Limited COVID-19 vaccine clinic appointments will also be available at Warren Street, Prospect Heights, Hoboken, and Ardsley.
Yes, if 5 to 11 years old: We are offering the COVID-19 vaccine at Warren Street and Prospect Heights, Hoboken, and Ardsley.
No, if 12 years and older: We are not currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 years and older. Vaccination sites for children 12+ can be found here.
Does Tribeca Pediatrics offer the Bivalent Booster vaccine?
We currently offer the Pfizer Bivalent Booster vaccine for 5-11 years old only. To find a vaccine location for children 12 years and older, check here.
Does Tribeca Pediatrics plan on offering the Moderna vaccine?
We do not have plans to obtain the Moderna vaccines as it is not interchangeable and the dosing interval is different from the Pfizer vaccine.
If you prefer to get the Moderna vaccine for your child, you may find a location here:
Is the Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine safe?
Both the COVID-19 vaccines (for ages 6 months to <5 years and 5 years to 11 year olds) 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.
What is the difference between the Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine and the adult vaccine?
In comparison to the adult vaccine, the 5 to 11 year dose is a third of the adult dose and the 6 months to 5 year dose is a tenth of the adult dose.
How many COVID-19 vaccines doses will my child need to receive?
For 6 months to <5 year-olds, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is currently a 3-dose series. The second dose is 3 weeks from the initial dose, and 2 months after for the 3rd.
Similar to the adult vaccine, 5 to 11-year-olds will receive two COVID-19 doses; the initial dose, followed by a 2nd dose 3 weeks later. Children in this age group are now eligible for a bivalent booster dose 8 weeks after their completion of the primary series.
What if my child gets COVID-19 in between doses?
As soon as your child completes their quarantine period and is symptom-free, they will be able to get their next COVID-19 vaccine dose.
Does my child need to have all three doses for the Pfizer vaccine for 6 months up to 5 years? Or 2 doses of the vaccine for 5-11 year olds?
Yes, in order to obtain the intended efficacy, the full primary series would need to be completed.
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.
What if I do not want to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the well visit?
Due to the limited capacity of staffing and space and to ensure we are able to equitably offer the vaccine to the large volume of patients that fall within this age group, we are unable to offer additional COVID clinics outside of scheduled well visits and designated clinic locations.
If you do not wish to get the COVID-19 vaccine at your scheduled well visit and/or are unable to schedule at one of our COVID-19 vaccine clinics, please check our website for an link to other vaccination sites around the NYC metro area who are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children 6 months to <5 years old.
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