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COVID related health matters

 

Dear PHA patient and family,

 

It has come to our attention that misinformation is circulating in the community regarding Pediatric Healthcare Associates’ (PHA) position on COVID related health matters.  Today, we are sharing with you PHA’s official position on those matters.

 

PHA has always followed the guidance from the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and State and local health departments on all COVID related issues, including vaccination and masking recommendations for young adults, adolescents, and children.  Statements or information contrary to these guidelines do not represent PHA’s practice-wide standards and are not supported by our group.  All our doctors, advanced practice providers and healthcare team are required to always comply with the PHA practice-wide standards.

 

In terms of:

  1. COVID-19 vaccination for children in eligible age groups:

The CDC, AAP and DPH currently recommend that all eligible individuals should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  PHA supports this recommendation and encourages all our eligible patients to be vaccinated.  Our goal is to be able to administer the COVID vaccine, to eligible age groups, in our offices beginning this fall.

 2. Mask wearing for unvaccinated children:

The CDC continues to discuss and debate the issue of mask wearing by children.  The AAP recommends universal masking in school.  As pediatricians and members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, PHA supports and endorses the AAP’s position of mask wearing in school.

 

As a pediatric practice in this community for over 60 years, with strong roots and investment in our community, our mission is, and will always be, to provide “patient-centered, evidence-based, quality care for our patients, from infancy through young adulthood, through compassion, collaboration, and open communication with their families and our community.”

 

For more details on the AAP’s guidance, please click here

 

With respect and regards,

Andrea Hagani, MD, FAAP
President & CEO

Nimrod Dayan, MD, FAAP
Chief Medical Officer

Karen Michaels
Chief Operations Officer

 

…and the entire PHA Healthcare Team