I wanted to take a moment to address the frustration you must feel regarding appointment availability and the paucity of vaccine clinics. Believe me, we share in your frustration. There has been a confluence of events that have led us here.
– Demand for well visits is up considerably (many people delayed routine care during the pandemic).
– Staffing (not unlike the rest of the nation) the offices has been very difficult.
– Mental health visits have increased significantly.
– Unusually busy respiratory virus season
These are not excuses but a recognition of the reality of our practice.
I would like to take this opportunity to advocate strongly for influenza and COVID vaccinations for your child. As mentioned above, already the respiratory viral burden is unprecedented. I am aware of the difficulty of obtaining these vaccines in our clinic, however, other community resources are available and do a very good job (please see links in the comments for resources).
We are very proud of our call center staff, triage nurses, floor nurses and providers. They are working tirelessly to care for our ALL Pediatrics community of families.
Michael S. Caplan MD