Here is a good article by UCSF's Dr. Monica Gandhi and medical student Kyle Hunter, where they argue that there are costs to Delta Variant fear. Check it out here.
East Bay Pediatrics will be closed Saturday July 3rd and Monday July 5th in observance of the July 4th holiday. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are not accepting drop-in appointments at either location. If you have a medical concern and need to speak to someone please call (925) 438-1100 and you will be connected to a UCSF after hours advice nurse or the on-call doctor.
The CDC recently relaxed its guidance for summer camps. According to the new guidance, fully vaccinated adolescents can attend camps at full capacity without masking and without physical distancing. In addition, for camps where not everyone is vaccinated, mask recommendations have relaxed for most outdoor activities unless campers are unable to physically distance. While the CDC has relaxed it’s recommendations, camps may set more stringent rules. For more information please see this article from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and over. Our state and local public health will have to make a decision on when and where to offer vaccine to these younger patients. As of right now, vaccines are still only being distributed to mass vaccination sites. East Bay Pediatrics DOES NOT have COVID vaccine. We are doing everything we can to learn about how we can obtain and distribute vaccine. We will update our website when we know more.
Now up on our website! Use this resource to answer many of your questions about COVID-19, testing and vaccination.
This past week, the American Academy of Pediatrics posted guidelines for return to camp. Time has shown that there is limited transmission of COVID-19 among children. Our area has increased capacity for COVID-19 testing and case numbers are going down. And camps have more time to plan for safe re-opening. If your child has no health conditions and if your camp has developed safety guidelines for keeping kids in small groups, camp is a safe choice this summer. Similar to the idea of increasing social interaction by returning to school, pediatricians are also encouraging a return to summer activities.
In case you have not seen it yet, please also review the AAP guidance for return to school.
East Bay Pediatrics does not carry and cannot administer COVID vaccine at this time. Some of our patients may qualify for the COVID vaccine and should check with their county public health website to find out how to get a vaccine.
Alameda County Public Health | COVID-19 | Alameda County Public Health (acgov.org)
Contra Costa County Public Health | Get Vaccinated | Coronavirus (cchealth.org)
Patients can sign up for vaccine appointments if they meet eligibility criteria and they do NOT need a note from their doctor.
Current eligibility criteria (this may be updated after April 15, 2021):
People ages 16 to 64 can be eligible if they are deemed to be at the very highest risk to get very sick from COVID-19 EITHER because they have one or more of the following severe health conditions:
OR if, as a result of a developmental or other significant, high-risk disability, one or more of the following criteria applies:
East Bay Pediatrics is open Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 9:30am - 12:00pm in the Berkeley location and Monday, February 19, 2021 from 8:00am -12:00pm in the Orinda location. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not accepting drop in appointments at either location. Please call to make an appointment (925) 438-1100. If you are transferred to a UCSF advice nurse, you can ask to have an appointment with one of our doctors during these holiday hours.
East Bay Pediatrics encourages all of our patients to get the flu vaccine this year. Studies have shown that those who have gotten their flu vaccines have fewer complications from Covid-19. If your child has not yet received a flu vaccine for the 20-21 season, we are holding a flu vaccine clinic at the Orinda location in the next two weeks (2/16 through 2/26). If your child has already received the flu vaccine, please notify our office of the date that the vaccine was given (month and year is OK) by messaging us through the patient portal.
In lieu of drop in, we bring you an on-line sign up and contact free check in through Solv. Make an appointment by clicking on this link or copying & pasting the link into your browser: https://www.solvhealth.com/book-online/A9mEQA.
Here are a few tips for using the new service:
If you encounter any problems, please call the office during business hours at (925) 438-1100.
Patients with upcoming visits can get the flu vaccine during their scheduled visit. If you don't see any available time slots, please try again another day. The system has been popular and fills up quickly.
East Bay Pediatrics mourns the passing of Dr. Mary Jones on November 21, 2020. Many of you have known her from over 20 years of practice at East Bay Pediatrics. Dr. Jones was the first female full-time physician at East Bay Pediatrics, joining the practice in 1982 and changing the dynamic of the practice for years to come. She touched the lives of so many patients, parents and staff with her sweet smile and calm manner. She spent countless hours going the extra mile for her patients. There is no question that her patients’ needs always came first.
In 2014, Dr. Jones redirected her work to become the clinical director for Katie’s Clinic, the Rett Syndrome Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Her passion for understanding the science behind the syndrome has led to significant improvements in the health and well-being of these girls. Dr. Jones will continue to impact Rett Syndrome patients and their families from around the world through the Katie Nues Foundation.
Although Dr. Jones has not been at East Bay Pediatrics for several years, we still consider her family and will miss her very much. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her family had a small ceremony to spread her ashes and will hold a virtual service on her birthday, February 8, 2021. Virtual services will be held by Zoom on Saturday, February 6 at 1pm. Please register in advance for the event using this link.
Please see her official obituary for more details about her amazing life and for information about services.
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