Important COVID-19 Updates and FAQ’s
Below you'll find answers to your most commonly asked questions. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, please contact us at Stamford Office, 203-324-4109 or Darien Office, 203-655-3307.
Applies to athletes >12 years old with NO known heart disease.
If your team/school requires a clearance form we are happy to help. We have received a large volume of requests and are trying to accommodate everyone as quickly as possible. To expedite this process, we are offering clearance via a phone visit. You can conference your athlete into the call if they will not be with you during the appointment. We will provide a sports clearance note at the end of the visit. Your insurance will be billed for a phone visit.
During the screening if we determine the severity of disease or symptoms warrant further investigation we will advise you at that time i.e. EKG, office visit, cardiology referral
Antigen testing is the home version, PCR testing is what is done in hospitals and labs
There is NO need to get confirmation PCR if your child was exposed, has symptoms and tested positive on a rapid home test.
Rapid test kits are very helpful if positive. There are some false negatives. If you suspect COVID and test negative, it may be necessary to do a second test. If the second test is negative, you can confirm with PCR testing.
NO FOLLOW UP TESTING IS REQUIRED for COVID infections, except under very specific circumstances.
COVID tests are only as good as the sample, get those swabs way up there!!!
PCR tests can detect viral particles for up to 90 days post infection, this does not mean the individual is contagious, it means they had the disease
Infants and children who cannot wear a mask need to isolate for 10 days if they are sick, the 5 day rule does NOT APPLY
Children with COVID who can mask, are fever free for>24 hours, five days post symptom onset or positive test (if asymptomatic) and improving symptoms may return to school/activities but must be vigilant with mask wearing for 10 days. They may still be mildly contagious.
Unfortunately, there are no uniform standards, please see your school system web site for guidance.
Here is a link to the Darien Public Schools chart which seem to be the most common recommendations.
See our COVID Vaccine Information page for extensive information about vaccines
All children > 5 yo are eligible for COVID vaccine.
Updated: Vaccines for 6 mos – 5 yo may start as soon as late June. We will update as more information becomes available.
Updated: Boosters are recommended for all children > 5 yo.
Boosters are recommended 5 months after completion of the first two doses.
Updated: Boosters are readily available at Stamford Hospital. Use this link to schedule an appointment.
Immunocompromised children 5-11yo should receive a booster 28 days after completion of the first two doses.
If your child has/had COVID they can get the primary series or booster any time after they have recovered but should do so before 90 days post infection. There is no definitive rule about the timing.
Per Yale Pediatric Infectious Diseases Department, there has been no increased rate of post vaccine myocarditis since vaccines were started for 5-12 yo.
For Adults, J&J Booster is 2 months after the first dose.
September 2022 COVID-19 Update
COVID Vaccine Update for 6mos.- 4 year olds
COVID vaccines are now available for all infants and children older than 6 months of age.
The physicians at Stamford Pediatrics uniformly endorse and encourage COVID-19 vaccination in all of our patients greater than 6 months of age. Both vaccines are safe and effective. Stamford Pediatrics is not currently administering COVID vaccine to any age group due to staffing and space constraints. Many options are available for getting your child vaccinated.
Vaccine Administration Sites
Stamford Pediatric Associates does not currently administer COVID-19 vaccines.
- Pfizer and Moderna are both approved and available.
- Pfizer 3 dose series, 3-8 wks between doses #1 and #2, 8 wks between doses #2 and #3.
- Moderna 2 dose series, 4-8 weeks between doses #1 and #2
- Side effect profile is similar to other age groups, most common being: fever, chills, tiredness, headache
- Booster shots beyond the above recommended primary series have not been approved
- There are very few contraindications to vaccination (i.e. current COVID illness, current fever)
- COVID vaccines can be given at the same time as other routine vaccines
Keep up with the latest Covid-19 updates and news by visiting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
COVID-19 and Back to School:
Helpful Resources for Your Family
If you have concerns about COVID-19 and transitioning back to school, please consult the helpful resources from the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
The Back to School Tool Kit has articles on a variety of topics such as:
- Is it safe to send my child back to school?
- Is it safe for my child with asthma to go back to school or daycare?
- How do I get my child comfortable wearing a mask?
- How can I help my child understand and follow safety precautions in classrooms?
- How can I prepare and support my child with special needs in their transition back to school?
- Please see Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital’s webinar to hear from experts in trauma, mental health and infectious diseases answer parents’ questions about the return to school during COVID-19. Watch it here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
We have compiled a collection of helpful COVID-19 vaccine information for you and your family to stay informed.
This new page includes helpful updates and articles to help inform parents about the latest vaccine information.
Stay informed and educated during the up-coming back to school season:
Long-Haul COVID-19 in Children and Teens
Post-COVID Conditions in Children and Teens
Do Masks Delay Speech and Language Development?
Behavioral Health Kit
This content is provided by ConnecticutChildrens.org
Lots of kids need help right now, but don’t know how to ask. Our pediatric experts share ways to support your child’s mental and emotional well-being every single day – from what to do when they’re struggling to how to build positive habits for a lifetime.
For support navigating mental health supports and resources, contact Connecticut Children’s Center for Care Coordination at 860.837.6200.
If you feel your child is in crisis, or a danger to themselves or others, call 911. In Connecticut, you can also call 211 for emergency or crisis intervention. For free, confidential support from the National Suicide Prevention Life Line, call 1.800.273.8255 or text “HOME” to 741741.
Managing Family Stress During COVID-19
For help managing stress – your child’s, and your own – Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center experts provide advice.
Is Your Child Struggling With Germ Phobia During COVID-19?
We’re all concerned about getting sick right now. But if your child has an intense fear of germs, and trouble functioning at school or at home because of it, they may be dealing with some degree of germ phobia. Pediatric psychologist Melissa Santos, PhD, shares tips to support them.
COVID-19 will be with us for a long time. Our offices are committed to keeping you and your family safe and healthy.
We are here for you! Please call us with any questions or concerns. We will get through this together!