As you may have heard, on 5/10/21 the FDA approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12-16 years. This is in addition to it already being approved for all eligible people 16 years and older. We encourage everyone who is eligible to receive any of the available COVID-19 vaccines to schedule and receive them as soon as possible. As of 5/17/21 Penfield Pediatrics has opened scheduling for our patients 12 years and older to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in our office. We are limited by the supply of vaccine that we can order and our scheduling capacity. We will vaccinate as many eligible children in our practice as we are able to but it is likely that some families will be able to have their children receive the vaccine sooner through one of the county clinics (see below).
If you schedule to have your child receive the vaccine at our office you will need to complete the New York State COVID-19 Vaccine form and print the submission confirmation before the appointment. The form can be accessed here: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/vaccine
When you arrive for your appointment you will be asked to complete a consent form and you will be provided with the emergency use authorization information.
Our patients ages 12 and older who wish to be vaccinated but cannot be accommodated at our office can book an appointment at a NY state administration site using the Am I Eligible? website: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
Important considerations when booking an appointment:
If you are age 18 and older: You may schedule to receive any vaccine that is available: Pfizer (2 doses, 21 days apart), Moderna (2 doses, 28 days apart) or Johnson & Johnson (1 dose only).
If you are age 12-17: You may ONLY schedule to receive Pfizer (2 doses, 21 days apart) at this time. You are not old enough to receive the other manufacturers!
If you are currently ill with Covid illness, you cannot attend a vaccine appointment until you have recovered from the illness and have been released from isolation! Please do not risk the safety of others. Once you are released from isolation, there is no recommended minimum interval between infection and vaccination so you can be vaccinated as soon as an appointment is available.
If you have had Covid illness in the past, you are still eligible for vaccination now, even if you were asymptomatic when you tested positive for Covid illness.