COVID19

Where you can find important COVID19 related links and resources and office updates

 

VACCINES

We have vaccines available for anyone 5 and up!

WE HAVE PLENTY OF VACCINE AND LOTS OF APPOINTMENT TIMES!

IF YOU HAVE ANY TROUBLE SIGNING UP FOR A VISIT ON MYCHART, PLEASE SEND A MYCHART MESSAGE REQUESTING A CALL BACK TO SCHEDULE OR GIVE A CALL TO THE OFFICE AFTER 9AM.  THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

THE SECOND DOSE:  THE SECOND DOSE MAY BE ADMINISTERED 3 OR MORE WEEKS AFTER THE FIRST DOSE.  WHEN SIGNING UP ON MYCHART PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE DATE YOU ARE SCHEDULING IS AT LEAST 3 WEEKS AFTER YOUR FIRST DOSE.

PLEASE SEE OUR COVID VACCINE FACT SHEET  FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE ROLLOUT AT WEST CAMBRIDGE PEDIATRICS.

WE CONTINUE TO HAVE THE VACCINE RIGHT NOW FOR PATIENTS 12 AND UP.  TO SCHEDULE FOR THIS AGE GROUP PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE.  YOU CAN ALSO RECEIVE THE VACCINE AS PART OF ANY UPCOMING VISIT YOU MAY HAVE AT THE OFFICE.

 

VACCINES - OTHER INFO

WHERE ELSE TO GET VACCINATED

- Check out the City of Cambridge Getting Your Child Vaccinated page

- Go to vaxfinder.mass.gov to see all Massachusetts vaccine locations  

- Call 2-1-1, the Massachusetts Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line, for help by phone.

- Cambridge pharmacies offering the COVID-19 vaccine: Cambridge CVSWalgreens, Star Market, and Inman Pharmacy.

- Sign up for Somerville (CHA Vaccine Center), Medford (Tufts University), and Everett (Encore Boston Harbor) vaccine sites here. These sites are operated by Cambridge Health Alliance, as part of the Metro North COVID-19 Vaccination Partnership. 

OTHER INFORMATION

- NO insurance, ID, or social security number needed.  You may be asked for ID at some sites, but it is not required or mandatory.
- Getting a vaccine will NOT affect a public charge determination or immigration status.

FDA INFORMATION SHEETS

Here is a link for information about the Pfizer vaccine 12 and older 

https://www.fda.gov/media/153716/download

Here is a link for information about the Pfizer vaccine 5-11 

https://www.fda.gov/media/153717/download

 

TESTING

Please see the mass.gov page for the most recent guidelines on COVID-19 isolation (for those who are COVID-19 positive) and quarantine (for those who have been exposed to a known COVID-19 case)

These sites from the CDC are also useful for deciding if you need to isolate or quarantine and how to perform each.

IN OFFICE TESTING

WE HAVE PCR TESTING IN OUR OFFICE.

TURNAROUND TIME IS USUALLY BY THE FOLLOWING NIGHT OR LESS, BUT CAN BE UP TO 48 HOURS.

To schedule a same day test please call the office.  If you do not need the test until day 5 of quarantine or on some other set day, please send a MyChart message to your provider and we will call you back to schedule.  

We currently are able to test any of our patients, not parents, guardians or caregivers, who have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, are close contacts of a known positive case (typically day 5 or later after last known exposure), or need a test for other reasons. The symptoms are:


-  Fever (≥100.0°F), chills, or shaking chills

-  Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 

-  Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 

-  New loss of taste or smell

-  Sore throat 

-  Headache when in combination with other symptoms 

-  Muscle aches or body aches 

-  Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 

-  Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms 

-  Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms 


We perform an anterior nares (front of the nose) swab in each nostril.

Our office charges for a visit and the test.  We can not guarantee that your insurance will cover all these costs.   Typically insurance will cover the test if symptomatic or for exposure but you may want to call your insurance company to confirm.  You may receive a charge for the visit depending on your deductible and co-pays.

Below we have testing sites that we recommend for testing that has a quick turnaround and is free.  Many of these sites are where we and our families have gone for testing.

The Massachusetts Depart of Public Health has provided three options for quarantine in line with CDC recommendations:

7 days of strict quarantine after last exposure (residual risk of infection is about 5%):  Release on day 8 IF:

- Negative test (either PCR or antigen) on day 5 or later

- No symptoms up to that point

- Active symptom monitoring through day 14

10 days of strict quarantine after last exposure (residual risk of infection is about 1%):  Release on day 11 IF

- No symptoms up to that point

- Active symptoms monitoring through day 14

- NO TEST IS NEEDED

14 days of strict quarantine after last exposure (maximal risk reduction): Release on day 15 IF:

- No symptoms for 14 days

Please see the Mass.gov site for further details on how to quarantine and actively monitor symptoms.

QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CALLING OTHER SITES

Does the site perform testing on children my child's age?
Do I need to make an appointment?
What is the expected turnaround?
What is the wait time in line for a test?
Will I be charged for testing?

RECOMMENDED TESTING SITES

Cambridge mobile testing for Cambridge residents

Cambridge Health Alliance:  Serves residents of Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop. Call 617-665-2928


Mass.gov List of Testing Sites

Project Beacon Free Drive Through Testing at Suffolk Downs in Revere: Appointment needed, 12 months and up

City of Boston testing sites:  Boston has a number of sites set up that are open to the public and either are free or take insurance.

CIC public testing, $80 per test in Cambridge and Newton, Free Fall River, Greenfield and Lowell, 2 years and older.

 
 

QUARANTINE ACTIVITIES

In no particular order here are some things we think might be fun or that we have tried and are fun to do while stuck at home...

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+, used in schools and homes all over the world.

Check out these virtual train rounds from around the world!

A dad doing fun things with his 2 kids that you can do at home too

Great short podcasts to introduce classical composers to kids. Fun to pair with some Looney Tunes

Lots of cool things on Google Arts and Culture including seeing how Picasso and Mili made art with light.  Then try it at home!

Quick and fun little activity with beautiful results

Fun craft projects

From the Fabric Workshop and Museum some fun little art projects

MUSICAL TOURS

Go for a drive and pick a musician or band to work through.  Dr. Gall started with The Beatles.

From the Guggenheim, Jeff sketches stories and prompts folks to make sketches of their own.

The author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "Piggie and Gerald" books teaches kids how to doodle, including many of his most famous characters.

 

VOLUNTEERING

Looking for ways to be involved in efforts to help your community?  Here are some ways we have found.

This website is a great place to find ways to teach kids compassion and empathy, providing ways to engage them in giving activities.  In addition, it does provides links to local places to volunteer.

This article lists a bunch of local restaurants that are taking donations to provide meals for hospital workers.

An all volunteer community effort to help link individuals in need to with individuals who can help.  Their document also has a ton of other useful COVID information and more links for places to volunteer.  If you want to sign up immediately for a need or to help click here to fill out their form.

BELMONT COVID-19 NEED FUNDS

Donate to our local Covid19 Needs Fund;  all funds go directly towards COVID-19 relief efforts and to people in need.  For tax deductible donations, make checks payable to “Winn Brook School PTA” and mail to:  Amy Kirsch, 8 Jason Road, Belmont, MA 02478; write Belmont in memo line. To make a donation online (online donations are not tax deductible), go here.

A community run effort to link Watertown residents with a need to individuals who can help.  Sign up for a need or to help with these forms.

Food for Free has been rescuing food that would otherwise have been wasted and getting it to those in need in Cambridge since 1981.  They have a number of volunteer opportunities.

"Boston Cares is partnering with The Greater Boston Food Bank to provide centralized volunteer recruitment and coordination to meet the emerging needs of our network of partner hunger-relief agencies, including food pantries, community meal programs and other food assistance providers throughout the nine counties and 190 towns and cities across Eastern Massachusetts."

Free deliveries and friendly check-ins for those at-risk for COVID-19. Get what you need safely, from a volunteer neighbor.  Here is the volunteer page.

An organization serving the seniors in many of our local towns get access to food and other services.  Here is their volunteer page.  They need donations as well.

If you would like to be a volunteer responder during a Massachusetts health-related emergency or event then check this site out and register.

This website and associated app you can download connects young people to age appropriate volunteer activities.