COVID-19

PLEASE DO NOT COME DIRECTLY TO OUR OFFICE.

With the outbreak of Coronavirus, we here at Metropolitan Pediatrics, have implemented precautionary measures to screen for possible high-risk patients. We are now offering Covid-19 Vaccinations, Covid PCR test, and Rapid Covid-19 test which gives results in 15 minutes.

For those not comfortable coming into the office, we will continue to provide telemedicine services.

We ask that you follow our instructions to prevent the spread of COVID19 and keep our community safe. Thank you for your understanding.

We, here at Metropolitan Pediatrics, have some exciting news to share. We will be receiving limited quantities of the COVID vaccine. The Virginia Department of Health will send us either the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, according to their discretion, since currently, these are the only COVID vaccines approved in older children. Currently, the vaccines are only approved for children 16 years of age and older. Pfizer is in the process of getting approval for children 12 years and older, and Moderna will soon follow.

If you are uncertain about getting your child vaccinated or have questions about the vaccine, then please call our office to set up a telehealth appointment with one of our physicians to discuss.

Please note that COVID vaccine appointments will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in having your child vaccinated, please read the following steps:

  1. DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE. WE ARE NOT SCHEDULING COVID VACCINATIONS OVER THE PHONE.
  2. If your child is 12 years or older, please TEXT us with your child’s name, date of birth, email address, and the best contact number to 703-835-5707.
  3. A staff member will call you to schedule your child’s appointment in a timely manner. (We cannot guarantee when you will receive a call from us since our scheduling is dependent upon the number of vaccine doses we receive from the Arlington County Health Department.) If we are not able to reach you after 3 attempts and 24 hours, we will remove your child’s name from the interested list. If you miss the calls, you will then have to re-text your child’s information to us, and you will be put on the waiting list again.
  4. Once we have called you to schedule the appointment, please go to our website, metropolitanpeds.com, to complete the consent forms. We ask that you complete this step at least 24 hours before the appointment. The consent forms will need to be filled out twice, once before the first dose appointment and then again before the second dose appointment. If you have not completed the consent forms prior to the appointment, upon arrival you will be given a written copy to complete OUTSIDE the office. PLEASE NOTE, WE WILL THEN NO LONGER BE ABLE TO GUARANTEE YOUR CHILD WILL RECEIVE A VACCINE IF THE APPOINTMENT TIME IS MISSED DUE TO INCOMPLETE PAPERWORK.
  5. If on the appointment date and time, you no-show (less than 24 hours cancellation notice), your child’s name will be taken off the list and the second appointment will automatically be canceled.

In preparation for your appointment, we ask that you kindly follow our sick appointment protocols below.

We are doing COVID testing in our office on weekday afternoons. We can perform the rapid Covid-19 testing (results within 15 minutes) or the Covid PCR testing (timing of the results is dependent upon the lab). Once your child’s appointment has been scheduled, we will either triage you over the phone or set up a televisit with the doctor. At the time of your appointment please come to our office on the fourth floor, STE 44. If you have a copay, we will either call you to collect it or you may give us a call; alternatively, you may pay on the portal.

Please be mindful of your appointment time and ensure that you arrive 5 minutes prior so as to avoid a traffic jam with other sick patients. If you arrive late or miss your appointment, we may have to reschedule.

Upon arrival, the medical assistant will administer a COVID test and any other tests the doctor requires. You will then be directed to go downstairs to wait in the car or outside the building until the results come in. The results will take about 15 minutes and we will contact you with the results via text or call. If you would like a record of your child’s test results, you may log in to the portal and obtain them there.  If your child’s appointment includes an in-person visit with the doctor, we will ask you to come back upstairs in a timely manner for the doctor’s visit.

Please remember, we are limiting the number of persons in the office so we are asking parents and guardians to refrain from bringing other family members or siblings. We please ask if you could limit it to one parent/guardian per two patient(s) being seen in the office. (A max of three persons from one family at one appointment time). If you are bringing in more than two children to get tested, we ask that a second adult be present with the remaining child/children since we are only allowing two patients and one adult in the office at a time. We are also asking if parents and patients of two years and older can wear a medical mask or cloth mask to the appointment as well.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Informational Articles:

For more information regarding Coronavirus follow the links below:

CDC – Emergency

Arlington County Department of Health

Virginia Department of Health

 

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NOW OFFERING TELEMEDICINE

We are now offering telemedicine services for sick AND well-child visits. Please call our office at (703) 522 4780 for more details.