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Coronavirus Information for Families

Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 12 - 15
In an important step towards combatting the pandemic, the FDA approved use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15 on May 10. These vaccines are now available to be distributed to families in New York State.

Vaccine Distribution

There are a number of options to obtain the vaccine through UR Medicine.

GCH Pediatric Practice (AC6)

For the families whose pediatricians’ office is the GCH Pediatric Practice on AC6:

  • Use MyChart to send a message to request an appointment for COVID vaccine
  • Call the Pediatric Practice at 275-2821, option 2, to speak with a nurse to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment.

Pediatric Specialists (AC6 and AC1)

For the families that see a Pediatric Specialist at GCH:

  • Use MyChart to send a message to the GCH specialist to discuss COVID vaccine options
  • Call their GCH Specialist's office to discuss COVID vaccination options

Your child’s pediatrician or family physician may also contact you if his/her practice is administering the Pfizer vaccine to patients.

For information on other vaccine sites visit the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub: Patients should also watch for announcement on the New York state site: which will have large scale capability to vaccinate this age cohort.

Visiting Restrictions

Pediatric patients can have 2 designated caregivers, but only 1 may be present at a time.
We understand this is difficult for patients and families and we appreciate your support.
Covid-related Hospital Visitation Policy for Pediatric Patients
Reviewed 11/25/2020.

For Providers

Covid-19 Testing for Families of Pediatric Patients

Some pediatric patients will need to be tested for the Covid-19 virus even if they do not have any symptoms of infection. It's important to know if a patient has active virus before starting some procedures. We've gathered answers to some frequently asked questions about testing.

Read more about testing for Covid-19 »

Returning to Sports

The Golisano Children’s Hospital and Accountable Health Partners give the community a protocol for children returning to sports activities.

Return to Exercise after COVID-19 (K-12) Patients, 3/8/21 »

A message from Dr. Patrick Brophy, Chair - Department of Pediatrics

“We care for our patients, our families, and ourselves – and those roles are magnified during this time of rapid adaptation.”

Proper Face Coverings

We Redesigned Our Services!

See the precautions we've put in place to make your child's visit as successful as possible!

5 kids masked and physically distanced