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New Policy to Guide Seattle Children’s Engagement With Law Enforcement

Dismantling overpolicing and systems that may result in overpolicing of people of color at Seattle Children’s is critical to protecting the health and safety and minimizing trauma for Black, Indigenous and People of Color patients, families and communities. It’s one of the five pillars of our Anti-Racism Organizational Change and Accelerated EDI Plan.

Following the work in April 2021 of a multidisciplinary group that examined how Seattle Children’s engages with law enforcement, a policy has been created to guide workforce members on how and when to appropriately engage law enforcement at Seattle Children’s. Over the coming months, our related policies will be updated and our teams will receive training.

Seattle Children’s App Now Available in Spanish

The official Seattle Children’s App is now available in English and Spanish. The app, created by Seattle Children’s, helps families quickly connect to MyChart, find and contact services to support their child and family, access our interpreter services, and use turn-by-turn directions to navigate the hospital.

Families can download the app today from the Apple App or Google Play stores.

When referring your patients to Seattle Children’s, please share this information by giving them our family flyer about the new app (Spanish version).

Changes in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Hours and Inpatient Caregiver Visitation Standards

  • The hospital campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic is now open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., due to reduced demand.
  • Up to three caregivers can now be designated as eligible visitors for each inpatient (up from two).
  • Important note: we are still only allowing TWO caregivers to visit at a time.
  • Parents/caregivers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to be tested prior to their child being admitted to a double room.

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In-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations

Public Health Seattle-King County is partnering with community providers to deliver in-home COVID-19 vaccination to residents aged 12 and older who are homebound due to injury, illness, age, developmental, behavioral or psychiatric disorder. Formal or informal caregivers can receive vaccine at the same time. (Please note that this is not appropriate for patients who simply lack transportation to a vaccine site.)

To refer patients:

  1. If you have a number of patients to refer, please contact Caren Goldenberg, Homebound Vaccination Program Lead, at cgoldenberg@kingcounty.govor 206-477-3207.
  2. If you would like to refer just one or two patients, please use this secure link: https://redcap.link/WA_HomeBasedVax.
  3. If you know of patients or family members who would prefer to refer themselves, please encourage them to call King County’s COVID-19 Public Information Line at 206-296-4774.

For more information: Contact Caren Goldenberg, Homebound Vaccination Program Lead, at cgoldenberg@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-3207.

Seattle Children’s Provider News Special Update: COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth Ages 12 to 15

As of Thursday, May 13, 2021, Seattle Children’s is offering appointments for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to youth ages 12 to 15, in keeping with FDA and CDC guidance on lowering the age limit for the Pfizer vaccine.

Any individual wishing to make a vaccine appointment at Seattle Children’s must use our scheduling portal. Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to sign the consent at both the first and second dose appointments. They do not need to be a current Seattle Children’s patient to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Vaccine appointments can also be made through the Washington State vaccine locator. Please direct any questions about COVID-19 vaccines at Seattle Children’s to COVIDCommunitySupport@seattlechildrens.org.

Where to Refer Concussion Patients at Seattle Children’s

A new algorithm helps PCPs know where to refer patients for concussion at Seattle Children’s.

  • Neurology sees patients who have had ongoing headache for over two months, in the absence of a sports injury.
  • Sports Medicine sees patients who experienced a sports injury concussion, are at least 6 years old and have not experienced any of the following: hospitalization for more than 24 hours, skull fracture, intracranial hemorrhage, focal neurological deficit or neurosurgery/brain surgery of any kind in the past.
  • Rehabilitation Medicine sees all other concussion patients.

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Exceptions to COVID-19 Vaccine Age Limitations

We have been hearing from providers who are wondering if they could make exceptions to the age limitations on the COVID-19 vaccines and administer the drug “off-label” or under an expanded use exception.  While it may be tempting to consider, and there are certainly high-risk scenarios in which it feels like it might be best for a child or adolescent to receive the vaccine as soon as possible, the regulatory status of this vaccine makes that inadvisable at this time. “Off-label” use is allowed for FDA-regulated products that have received full approval, but not in the case of products offered under an emergency use authorization (EUA). Read full post »

Same-Day COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments; Expanded List of Eligible Patients

Same-day COVID-19 vaccines now available on a limited basis each day for eligible Seattle Children’s inpatients, ambulatory patients who are visiting the hospital for an appointment with their specialist and caregivers who are accompanying ambulatory patients to a same-day appointment.

Same-day appointments are dependent on vaccine availability and clinic capacity each day. We cannot guarantee them or schedule in advance. Read full post »

Provider News Special Update: Vaccinations Offered to Patients 16+ Who Meet Eligibility Criteria

On March 17, Washington moved to the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination (Phase 1B, Tier 2), which means people who are 16 years and older with certain chronic conditions or disabilities are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Seattle Children’s will continue to serve as a community vaccination site and will offer vaccines through our public portal to all eligible members of the public, as supplies permit.

We are contacting our current patients ages 16 to 21 with certain chronic conditions or disabilities who meet the DOH vaccine eligibility criteria to offer a vaccine appointment. Read full post »

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Update

Seattle Children’s is vaccinating individuals who are eligible under Washington state’s Phase 1-A, priority groups 1 and 2, including:

  • All workers at risk in healthcare settings except those who belong to another health system that is offering the vaccine.
  • Community members who are eligible under state guidelines, when vaccine supplies permit.

Testing update

As of March 3, Seattle Children’s has tested 26,879 patients. 734 have tested positive or inconclusive, for a positivity rate of 2.7%. Approximately half of all positive patients are asymptomptic.