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COVID-19 Resources for Parents

The latest information for Western New York and the Finger Lakes region on COVID-19 spread, masking and vaccination for children.

Support for Parents

Throughout the pandemic, Rochester Regional Health has developed resources to help parents navigate the changing guidelines and requirements that local, state and national governments and organizations have put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Browse the tools below and call your Pediatrician’s office for more specific information for your family.

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Vaccines

Vaccination is the best way to protect against severe illness from COVID-19. All Rochester Regional Health Pediatrics offices are now offering the COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to their pediatric patients over the age of 12.

“I recommend that both eligible parents and children get the vaccine as soon as they can. It will prevent severe illness from COVID-19, and it will slow the spread in our community, in our state, and in our country.”

- Dr. Steven Schulz, Pediatrician, Rochester Regional Health

Our Pediatrics offices are accepting new patients.

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Masking

With changing and, at times, conflicting guidance on mask wearing – when should children be wearing masks and how can you help protect them from COVID-19?
See When to Wear a Mask

Parents of Children Aged 0-11 

Because the COVID-19 vaccines are not currently available to children younger than the age of 12, parents for this age group should continue to take extra measures to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.

Our Tips

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Limit exposure to unvaccinated adults and older children

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Avoid crowded, indoor locations

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Encourage mask wearing in recommended places like the grocery store and where required, like public transportation

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Delay travel plans or drive rather than fly

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What's Safe?

Tips from Dr. Lofgren on how to navigate protecting children under 12 years of age from COVID-19 while the vaccines for this age group are not yet approved.
See What's Safe

Parents of Children 12+

Preteens and teenagers can get sick from coronavirus and they can infect others. While cases are often less severe in this age group, there are instances of serious complications in children resulting from COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 Vaccines Explained: How Were They Developed so Quickly?

The Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine

On May 11, 2020 the FDA authorized the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use authorization for children over the age of 12. This approval came after intensive clinical trials and close monitoring of side effects and reactions in this age group.

Read more about the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

Where to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine for Teens

All Rochester Regional Health Pediatrics offices are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

Please call your child’s Pediatrician to schedule a vaccination appointment, or look for the nearest walk-in time using the Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Finder on the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub website.  All RRH Pediatrics offices are accepting new patients, with convenient hours and available appointments.

Find a Pediatrician Office Near You

Visit the FLX Hub: Finger Lakes COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Finder

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Helpful Tools




Q&A on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Teens

Answers to frequently asked questions on the development of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, it’s use in teens and how to help your child prepare.

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Being a Pediatrician and a Parent

Rochester Regional Health pediatrician and mother of two, Dr. LeKeyah Wilson offers her perspective on making a COVID-19 vaccination with your children.

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Keeping Your Kids Health Check Ups

All Rochester Regional Health family practice and pediatrician offices are still seeing patients for well-child checkups and annual physicals. This is important for essential screenings and ensuring your child is healthy.

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Are you an expecting parent?

Rochester Regional Health is here to ensure you and your family's health. As your family grows, we are here to help you every step along the way.
Information for Expectant Parents