Welcome to Woburn & North Andover Pediatrics
Our practice offers you and your family a health care team of pediatricians and nurse practitioners to provide your child with high quality and cost effective health care seven days a week. Your child's pediatric health care team plays an important role by providing preventive health care, helping you and your family through times of illness, and answering questions about common childhood problems.
COVID-19 Update 5/14/2021 😷
We kindly request that if your child or parent/guardian has had exposure to COVID-19, and/or any compatible symptoms, that you connect with our office prior to visiting. We must complete the COVID-19 pre-screen questions, and may ask that you call to check in from your car. This will give us a few extra moments to gear up in the appropriate PPE and ensure an exam room is ready before calling you up for your appointment. It's critical for us to keep our staff safe so that we keep our patients and their families safe too!
In an effort to expand testing availability for our patients, we are now able to provide testing for both symptomatic patients and patients who have been exposed to COVID-19.
Calling Our Office
- Our front office staff will determine how best to handle your call. Symptomatic patients will be advised to make an appointment, preferably an in person visit. Patients with history of a direct exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 will be advised to schedule a virtual visit.
- Please no walk ins to our office for any reason...please call first!
- All patients visiting our office require COVID-19 pre-screening so that we can ensure providers are wearing the appropriate PPE during your child's visit. Positive responses will not jeopardize your ability to be seen but rather help us wear the appropriate PPE & sanitize properly.
- Patients responding positively to COVID-19 screenings, for both sick & well visits, will be asked to remain in their vehicles & call to check in (Woburn check in line: 781-638-1075; North Andover check in line: 978-557-5712).
- We require all adults & children over 2 years to wear a mask/face covering when visiting our office & throughout your visit. Please remember that whenever possible, only one parent/guardian (no siblings, please) should accompany the child to his/her visit.
- For patients/parents/guardians with current COVID infection or currently in quarantine, we kindly ask you to reschedule your non-urgent/well visit.
- We continue to take appropriate precautions to decrease germ transmission within our office by limiting our waiting room access, regular cleaning, frequent handwashing, wearing personal protective equipment, and social distancing to the best of our ability.
We are able to provide COVID testing for patients who are ill, directly exposed to COVID, or who who may need testing due to travel or preparticipation. Depending on volume & the type of testing available, results are expected in about 24 hours or so.
We generally prefer to see symptomatic patients in office so that we can do a physical exam & ensure there are no alternative diagnoses before ordering testing.
- Asymptomatic exposures to COVID-19
Patients who do not have symptoms but were directly exposed will need to have a virtual visit before ordering any testing. Our scheduling staff will call you after your virtual visit to schedule your lab appointment on the appropriate testing day. In Woburn, testing is done during certain hours and typically on the first floor in Suite 100, so the scheduling staff will provide you with clear instructions.
- Travel or pre-participation testing (college, athletic clearance,
Families should check on destination/program requirements for most appropriate time period for testing completion. These may be scheduled with the lab during certain testing hours. This type of testing is not typically covered by insurance, so an out of pocket fee of $100 is required to be paid prior to specimen collection. Parent/guardian may choose to investigate reimbursement from their insurance company on their own. A formal results letter will be published to MyChart for proof of testing.
If the above options are not optimal, please use this tool to locate a testing facility near you. We strongly encourage calling ahead to inquire about each site's procedures, how long results are taking to return, and what your insurance may or may not cover.
- MA Department of Public Health Quarantine Guidelines 12/7/20
On May 10, 2021, the Pfizer COVID vaccine was granted emergency use authorization for children age 12+ years. We do not yet have COVID vaccine available for patients but anticipate being able to secure Pfizer vaccine in the next month or so. Please follow our website & Facebook pages for updates as they become available.
When we get closer to scheduling time, all COVID vaccine appointments must be scheduled through MyChart. You need to wait to be notified that a scheduling ticket has been uploaded onto your account. Both children & their MyChart proxy accounts (parents/guardians) will be able to access the scheduling ticket. If you haven’t yet signed up for MyChart, or are unable to login, now is the time to call the office for assistance. Please note that vaccine availability will be first come first serve & we are not keeping a wait list.
While we are excited to be a vaccine resource for your children & adolescents, we encourage you to take advantage of any opportunity to have your child vaccinated through state & local health care organizations, retail pharmacies, or schools.
✳️ Our providers have all received the COVID vaccine and feel comfortable recommending it for our patients in this age group. There are no contraindications to vaccination, so there are virtually no patients in this age group who are ineligible. Please rest assured that though the vaccine development process seemed fast, we should trust the strict guidelines already in place. Here are some great resources on the Pfizer vaccine, but please call us with any case specific questions or concerns:
- Developing COVID-19 Vaccines - CDC
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
- Answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine - Boston Children's Hospital
- Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Authorized in the US - CDC
- COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Teens - Boston Children's Hospital
- The COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy: What You Need To Know - Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Shattering the infertility myth: What we know about COVID-19 vaccines & pregnancy - Stat News
As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we now know there have been limited reports of cardiac effects from even mild COVID infections. The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending clearance for return to sports/activity after COVID based on factors including severity of symptoms & intensity of sport/activity. As a standard, we are recommending cardiac clearance visits for children of all ages three weeks after symptomatic COVID infection. Parents should connect with our nurses to determine the best course of action before returning to activities, and once the patient is determined safe to return, a gradual return to play will be recommended.
Additional Information & Resources
A Boston Children’s Preferred Primary Care Practice