Omicron, Vaccine Boosters and Your Child

Urgent Care for Children is committed to providing families with quality care and thoroughly addressing parents’ questions and concerns during every visit, all 365 days a year. We listen, we hear your worries and we want to help ease your anxiety. The latest COVID-19 surge has led to an increase in testing as well as questions regarding vaccinations, boosters, and home treatment. 

A few weeks ago we shared information regarding the Omicron variant to help prepare families during the holiday season. Now, the variant has hit the homes of many families we serve across Alabama, Tennessee, and Louisiana. This variant has caused a notable spike in COVID-19 cases in a very short amount of time, with 8,471,003 total child COVID-19 cases reported in the United States, and children representing 17.4% (8,471,003/48,641,190) of all cases as of January 6th, 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccinations
Alabama entered the new year with the highest reported daily case numbers since the pandemic began; the state also ranks around 45th in the U.S. in the number of people who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination, at 2.7 million, and about 2.2 million people are fully vaccinated. In an effort to continue to mitigate the rise of COVID-19, the state health department recommends vaccination and boosters for all those eligible to receive it. At this time, COVID-19 vaccinations are available for the following:

·        Pfizer Vaccine for children ages five – 11

·        Pfizer Vaccine for children ages twelve – 17

·        Pfizer, Moderna, or the Janssen (J&J) vaccine for anyone eighteen years of age or older

COVID-19 Boosters
On January 5th, 2022 the CDC approved COVID-19 boosters for children ages twelve to 17. Pfizer’s vaccine for twelve to 17-year-olds is the only vaccine approved for boosters in this age group. If your child is in this age range and was fully vaccinated at least five months ago, a booster is recommended. Physicians also endorse the use of a Pfizer booster in immunocompromised children ages five to 11

For individuals who have received their full course of Moderna’s vaccine, or Pfizer’s adult vaccine, a booster is recommended if it has been at least five months since your second vaccination. If at least two months have passed since receiving your Janssen (J&J) vaccine, a booster is recommended. Moderna, Pfizer, or Janssen (J&J) serums can be safely administered as an adult booster regardless of the type of vaccine you received beforehand.

Home Treatment
If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, please call your child’s primary provider for guidance. It is important for children and adults who have tested positive to self-quarantine and stay home for at least five days. Do not seek a COVID-19 vaccination for your child until after their isolation period has ended. 

Anyone in the home who has tested positive should wear a well-fitted mask around others and stay in separate spaces if available. Symptoms vary and can range from mild to severe, if you or your child develops any emergency signs such as trouble breathing, seek assistance from an emergency room. The Centers for Disease Control recommends ending isolation after five days if your symptoms have improved and you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.

We’re Here to Help
All Urgent Care for Children clinics provide rapid antigen and PCR Covid-19 tests for both children and adults. Due to increased demand, all adults seeking Covid-19 tests must save their spot in advance. Children can be tested on a walk-in basis, or parents can choose to complete paperwork ahead of time by saving their child’s spot in advance. We have created separate registration links for adult and pediatric visits for your convenience. We care for the communities and families we serve; therefore, we proudly accept most insurance carriers including Medicaid.