COVID-19 vaccines: what you need to know
Children’s Minnesota experts teamed up to provide you with answers to all your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, safety concerns and side effects.
COVID-19 variants, the role of kids and potential effects
COVID-19 variants are in the news, particularly — the B.1.1.7, also known as the U.K. variant, is now the predominant COVID-19 strain circulating.
I think my child has COVID-19. What do I do now?
We urge you to stay home and call before coming to an emergency room or clinic, and know that we are ready to help if you do need to come in.
COVID-19 testing is available at all 12 primary care clinics for:
- Children with or without symptoms.
- Children who had symptoms that resolved at least 14 days ago.
My child needs emergency, primary, or other care.
Our pediatricians urge families to not wait to get care like critical vaccinations and treatment for injuries. Families may be worried about bringing their children to a hospital or clinic to receive care. But we want you to know that we’re here for you and have taken many extra steps so we can safely care for your child, including virtual care options.
Surgeries are being scheduled at our Minneapolis and St. Paul centers. Our team is taking extra precautions to keep your family safe.
You can still bring your child in for well-child check-ups and immunizations, essential for the development of children.
What is Children’s Minnesota doing to keep families safe?
At Children’s Minnesota, we have taken additional precautions to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19 (coronavirus) within our locations, and within the community. Children’s Minnesota is committed to caring for all children in the community, as well as to ensuring the safety and well-being of patients, families, staff and guests.
Visiting standards during COVID-19
Two consistent parents/legal guardians may be present at the bedside during a patient’s hospital stay. No other visitors will be permitted, including siblings. Two parents/legal guardians are also allowed to come with children to primary care and specialty clinic visits, and to same-day procedures, such as surgery. Parents/legal guardians must be well and will be screened for symptoms of illness daily, and must wear a mask.
Hospital amenities during COVID-19
Amenities such as cafeterias and group spaces have also changed during COVID-19.
Clinic visitor standards
When bringing your child into the clinic, up to two parents or guardians are allowed to accompany them. Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask while in the clinic.
COVID-19 information from our pediatric experts
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an illness that looks similar to common respiratory diseases like the common cold, influenza or pneumonia. Experts believe the virus spreads person-to-person through close contact. It can also spread through surfaces, especially if a person touches something with the virus on it then touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands.
CDC COVID-19 symptoms
- Loss of sense of taste or smell.
- Scratchy throat.
- Body aches.
Most people with COVID-19, including children, do not have serious problems. After seeing a doctor, most get better with rest and fluids. People who are very ill get care in a hospital with breathing help, IV fluids and other treatments.
Children can get COVID-19 but generally experience milder symptoms than adults do. Their symptoms are more like the common cold.
While experts do not yet fully understand the relationship, they currently believe that the virus may cause a rare inflammatory response in a child’s body, resulting in what is being called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Read more about MIS-C.
Caring for kids with preexisting conditions can be extra stressful during the time of COVID-19. Experts from our clinics that specialize in the care of kids with various conditions have compiled resources for your family during this difficult time:
- Asthma and COVID-19 (PDF)
- Cancer and blood disorders and COVID-19 (PDF)
- Diabetes and COVID-19 (PDF)
- HIV and COVID-19 (PDF)
- Clean surfaces in your home with usual household cleaners and disinfectants.
- Social distancing is important. Try and stand 6 feet away from others, do not shake hands and avoid crowds.
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Support our work
Children’s Minnesota needs your philanthropic support more than ever.
Please consider donating to Children’s Minnesota’s Urgent Needs fund. This allows us to place philanthropic support where it’s needed most, as soon as we receive the funds. Some examples of how we are using funds right now:
Supplies to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy.
Technological support for services like virtual care to allow patients to heal from the safety of their own homes.
Financial support for families who have a child with health needs but are also facing the reality of being out of work due to the virus.