How do I schedule vaccinations and pediatric checkups during COVID-19?
Step 1: Contact your health care facility
Clinics and hospitals nowadays have a strict appointments-only policy. Even if you have gone to a particular clinic for years, you should still call the office ahead of time to secure an appointment and fulfill any other requirements, such as testing or clearances.
If you have direct communication with your child’s pediatrician, it is also possible to contact them via phone, email, or through other channels.
Step 2: Follow the protocol
After setting up a schedule for pediatric checkups or vaccinations during COVID-19, take note of the facility’s requirements. This may differ depending on the reason for the appointment, but can include requests for diagnostics like CBC, x-ray, and the COVID swab test.
Many hospitals and clinics in Metro Manila require patients to undergo COVID-19 testing prior to entering the facility. This acts as a safety precaution for the health care workers, office frontliners, and other patients. The cost of the PCR swab testing is shouldered by the patient, unless it is covered by insurance, HMO, or their employer.
Step 3: Get the necessary clearances
Because of the travel restrictions and quarantine statuses of different areas of the country, people under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 are not allowed to be outside of their homes unless they have the necessary clearances or have an emergency. Meanwhile, quarantine passes may be required in one area while not being required in another.
This is another reason why it is important to contact your health care provider ahead of time to know what their requirements are, especially if you plan to seek consultation in a different city. If you are required to get a clearance for your pediatric checkups or vaccinations during COVID-19, you can contact your barangay or city hall for more information.
Step 4: Prepare for the visit
If you and your child test negative for COVID-19 and have already completed the other necessary paperwork, all there is left to do is wait for your appointment. You can contact your health facility again once you have completed the requirements and to re-confirm your schedule.