Below are key resource materials for providers on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
This announcements section will be updated in conjunction with the release of pertinent information from leading agencies.
FCAAP Supports Continued Use of Masks in Schools
Statement by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics – “Since children under 12 years of age are still not yet eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccine will most likely not be available for this age group until winter of 2021, most children are still at risk for Coronavirus infection and transmitting the infection to others. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend masking in schools. The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) supports the continued, universal use of masks and physical distancing in schools by all individuals including students, faculty members, and staff through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Masking should be in addition to the continuation of testing protocols in schools to mitigate the spread of infection. Finally, and most importantly, FCAAP recommends that all vaccine eligible children, faculty, and staff in schools should be vaccinated.”
COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11 years of age, and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has not yet made a recommendation on vaccinating this age group. CDC will update this web page when new information is available.
AAP Resources – October 13, 2021
AAP offers information to help practices administer COVID-19 vaccine to children and teens ages 12 and older, and to be ready to expand when the vaccine is authorized for children ages 11 and younger. These pages will be updated frequently as details are available regarding dosing, coding, and administration of the vaccine for ages 5-11. For questions or comments related to the vaccine, please email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Vaccine: What Pediatricians Can Do Now
COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation in Pediatric Practices
COVID-19 Vaccine Administration: Getting Paid
Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Through Pediatric Practices
About the COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions
Becoming a COVID-19 Vaccinator Video Series
Children and COVID-19 Vaccination Trends
The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQs
COVID-19 Vaccine for Children and Teens: What to Know
The authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and older is a vital step in bringing lifesaving vaccines to children and adolescents. The AAP has compiled and updated resources to help pediatricians and their staffs prepare and also offers the latest news on co-administration and other vaccine issues.
Policy Statement: COVID-19 Vaccines in Children and Adolescents
AAP News: AAP, CDC recommend COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 and older
AAP News: AAP develops coding, billing guidance for COVID-19 vaccine services
News Release: American Academy of Pediatrics Calls for Children and Teens Age 12 and Up to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
May 10 Statement by AAP President Lee Savio Beers: Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 12 and Up Important Step in Protecting Children During Pandemic, Says American Academy of Pediatrics
AAP.org: Critical Updates on COVID-19
AAP.org: COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions
AAP.org: Getting Paid
AAP.org: Planning Vaccination Events
AAP.org: COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation in Pediatric Practices
Cases in Children: Children and COVID-19: State-Level Data Report
HealthyChildren.org: The Science Behind the COVID-19 Vaccine: Parent FAQs
HealthyChildren.org: Getting Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine
V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.
Back to the Office Toolkit
Keeping Children Healthy Parent Handout
COVID-19 Florida Health Care Provider Forum Series
Back to School Checklist in English and Spanish.
Survey: FCAAP Member Feedback on Provider Relief Fund Application Process
Survey: FCAAP Member Feedback on Medicaid Payment for Telehealth Services
FCAAP Recommendations for School Reopening 7.28.20
FCAAP Recommendations for School Reopening – Revised 9.11.20
FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised 10.20.20
FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised 11.23.20
FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Revised 12.23.20
FCAAP “Stay S.A.F.E.R.: Travel Guidance During an Ongoing Pandemic”
Back to Safe Communities of Learning (SCOL) Decision Guide
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers
CDC Guidelines for Re-Opening Services
CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Medical Centers, Clinics, and Clinicians
Additional COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkits (Recipient Communication, Storage and Handling, Long-Term Care Facility Guidance)
CDC’s V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
CDC COCA Call: What Clinicians Need to Know About Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccination of Adolescents
CDC Updated Clinical Considerations for the Use of COVID-19 Vaccine
CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ
COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old
County Executive Orders on Facial Coverings During COVID-19
Available executive orders pertaining to facial coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida can be found alphabetically by county as follows: Alachua, Broward, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Leon, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, and the City of Tampa.
Florida Department of Health (FL DOH):
Florida COVID-19 Response
24/7 COVID-19 Call Center: call 1 (866) 779-6121 or email COVIDemail@example.com
FL DOH Health Care Provider Telephone Conference Call for COVID-19 – fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm EST. Click here for call in information and additional details.
COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability
Florida Healthy Kids:
Florida Healthy Kids Takes Proactive Steps to Protect Members During Covid-19 Outbreak
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
NCQA’s COVID-19 Response Page
State of Florida Response:
Governor DeSantis’ Executive Orders
USDA Food & Nutrition Service:
FNS Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA):
FDA Updated EUA for Phizer COVID-19 Vaccine – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized storage of Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine at standard freezer temperatures for up to one month. Unopened, thawed vials of the vaccine can be stored in a refrigerator at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius for up to a month, up from a previous maximum limit of five days. Review the full EUA amendment and access the Fact Sheet.
White House Task Force COVID-19 Response:
BUSINESS & PERSONAL RESOURCES
FCAAP “Back to the Office” Toolkit
Pediatric Overflow Planning Contingency Response Network (POPCoRN)
Headspace Plus meditation platform
Free legal services for healthcare workers from Legal Advocacy for Medical Providers Foundation, Inc. (LAMP)
FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) tips to protect yourself from COVID-19 fraud schemes
Small Business Association (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program
Paycheck Protection Program Application
Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program
HHS CARES Act Provider Relief Fund site for provider inquiries and payment attestation portal through United Health Group
HHS Medicaid Provider Distribution Instructions 6.11.20
HHS Medicaid Provider Distribution Application 6.11.20
HHS Medicaid Targeted Distribution FAQs 7.6.20
AAP FAQ: CARES Act Provider Relief Fund 6.15.20
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Guide to the CARES Act
U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Emergency Loan Information
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Florida Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Center
Well-Child Visits Provided Via Telemedicine During the COVID-19 State of Emergency – 5.29.20
Telemedicine Payor Guide – 4.3.2020
Telemedicine Detailed Payor Coverage – 4.3.2020
Disclaimer: The information above is subject to change daily, individual contracts may vary, and the 30-90 day periods for waivers will vary between payors.
CMS General Medicaid Telehealth Guidance
AAP Online Telehealth Compendium
The information provided on this page is subject to change without notice based upon new information, resources, and directives from federal, state, and local authorities and medical experts. While FCAAP will do its best to update information that has been changed due to the issuance of new guidance and directives, there will be a delay in such updates and we cannot guarantee that all information will be updated to reflect such changes. This information is provided only as general guidance and is not being offered as a medical or legal opinion.
Thank you to The Pfizer Foundation for supporting FCAAP’s efforts to support pediatricians and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.