COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Hilliard Pediatrics' Vaccine Supply
We are receiving our vaccines through the Ohio Department of Health. As such, we are not able to control how many doses are allocated to our office or which vaccine we receive. Please note we are required to follow the guidelines set out by the federal government and the state of Ohio with regards to eligibility and clinical indications. You must be at least 12 years of age on the date of the appointment to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
Our current appointment availability is for the Pfizer vaccine which is currently authorized for 12 years of age and older.
The FDA has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to patients 16 years of age and older. This is now being marketed with the name Comirnaty. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is still under EUA (emergency use authorization) from the FDA for patients 12-15 years old. It will maintain its current name for now.
V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
Once you get a COVID-19 vaccine, you can enroll in v-safe using your smartphone. V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers to the web surveys, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. To sign-up, visit vsafe.cdc.gov.
Parents and guardians can enroll adolescents (ages 12 and older) in v-safe and complete health check-ins on their behalf after COVID-19 vaccination. All adolescents in the family who are eligible to be vaccinated can be enrolled in v-safe. Parents and guardians should use their smartphone to complete a separate v-safe registration for each adolescent. All v-safe communications will be sent to the parent or guardian’s smartphone. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/v-safe-register-dependents.html
Current Vaccine Availability - Appointments Available
The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals 12 years of age and older. We have appointments available for our patients and their family members on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. To schedule an appointment to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, please call our office at 614-777-1800, opt. 2 during normal business hours. You can also receive the vaccine at a regularly scheduled appointment. Unfortunately we are not able to administer COVID-19 vaccines doing our walk-in hours.
For individuals who are under 18, you will need your parent or legal guardian to consent to you receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. If the child is coming to the appointment alone, the parent/legal guardian must complete the screening questions and consent prior to the appointment and the child needs to bring the completed form with them to the appointment. COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form
If you are not a patient of Hilliard Pediatrics, when you come to your appointment, please bring your photo id and a copy of your insurance card (if applicable). For those that do not have a valid photo id (i.e. driver's license), you will need to bring documentation of the patient's age. This can be a passport, vaccine record, or birth certificate.
If this is your second dose, please bring your vaccination card.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Do we recommend kids 12-18 year old get the COVID vaccine?
Why Should kids 12-18 years old get the COVID vaccine?
- Though COVID-19 causes mild illness in most children, some cases of severe disease do occur in children. The vaccine does an amazing job at preventing severe COVID and keeping people out of the hospital/ICU.
- The vaccine can also help kids avoid annoying "long haul" symptoms of COVID.
- Kids are great at spreading germs! By vaccinating our older children, we can help stop the continued spread of COVID and help protect those who are more vulnerable.
- If we can continue to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and prevent severe disease, our kids can start returning to normal activities. We want our teens to go to school, play sports, sing the school musical, march in the band, hug their grandparents, and socialize with their friends.
- To avoid a 10-day quarantine! If a fully vaccinated person has an exposure to a person infected with COVID, they do not need to quarantine - just monitor for symptoms.
Is the vaccine safe for kids?
- Yes! Hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccines have been given around the world as these vaccines continue to prove their safety and efficacy. Clinical trials in adolescents involving >2,000 participants show that COVID vaccines are safe and very effective in teenagers as well.
- The current COVID vaccines went through the same testing process and safety evaluation as other childhood vaccines.
Is the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine fully FDA approved?
- Yes and No. The FDA has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to patients 16 years of age and older. This will now be marketed with the name Comirnaty.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is still under EUA (emergency use authorization) from the FDA for patients 12-15 years old. It will maintain its current name for now.
- It is still the same vaccine for both age groups - there is not a different between the vaccine given to either age group, except that it will now have a brand name of Comirnaty for those patients 16 years and older.
- Yes, this is confusing and silly. Yes, the new name is terrible. The bottom line is that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine now has full FDA approval in ages 16 and up, but is still under EUA for ages 12-15 for now.