COVID-19 Overview and Update Local Resources and Information

During this unprecedented occasion, recommendations for COVID-19 are changing almost daily, and it can be overwhelming to stay informed on the latest updates. AAP-OC serves as a communication resource to help our pediatric providers stay updated on key health issues affecting our community. Here we have pulled the most updated information to provide our members practical guidelines & key local resources in Orange County on COVID-19.

Launch of Standardizing Information & Data

California has launched My Turn, a new system for Californians to learn when they are eligible to be vaccinated, a place to make an appointment when eligible and a mechanism to easily track vaccination data.

California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider FAQs

The California Department of Public Health Immunization Branch created a FAQ PDF document of California’s COVID-19 Vaccination program. This document is for prospective, newly enrolled, and current California COVID-19 Vaccine Providers.

February 9, 2021: AAP-OC Chapter Statement on School Reopening

Safety protocols should determine school reopening, not community case rates. California Pediatricians Urge Collaboration for Prompt Safe Return to In-Person Learning

Detect and Connect OC Shares Parent Well Child One-Pagers

It’s been almost a year since COVID-19 started, and your little one has grown so much in 1 year. For growing babies and kids, that is too long to wait without a visit to the healthcare provider to check on little hearts, heads, and bodies. Now is the time to safely catch up on well child checks because your child’s health and development can not wait. If you have lost your insurance, the Community Health Initiative of Orange County can help you find coverage and a healthcare provider over the phone. Just call 1-855-927-8333.

Detect & Connect OC developed parent-facing messaging promoting the importance and safety of well child visits.  Both versions are also available in Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Arabic. Contact for more versions.

ENGLISH Flyer (PDF)Image (JPG)
SPANISH Flyer (PDF)Image (JPG)
 Flyer (PDF)Image (JPG)

#CallYourOCPediatrician Resources

Physician Flyers
English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Farsi | Chinese | Korean | Arabic

Social Media Images
General: English
Mental Health: English
Growth & Development: English
Nutrition: English
Immunizations: English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Farsi | Chinese | Korean | Arabic

School Flyer

Southern California Clinical Trials To Begin Of COVID Vaccine For Kids

The call has gone out to Southern California children to participate in clinical trials for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. If all goes as planned, kids could get the shot by the summer, according to the president of the Orange County chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“The vaccines are not approved by the F.D.A. until we are confident in the safety,” said Dr. Kate Williamson, a pediatrician at Mission Hospital. “I feel very confident that we are going to be in that place in the near future.”

Student Symptom Decision Tree

This resource can be used to screen all students for potential COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.

COVID-19 Return-to-School Guidance

This Back to School Clearance Form was discussed on the Sept. 16 Virtual Chapter Chat and can be used by physicians.

A Pediatrician’s Tips for Promoting a Safe Return to Sports During COVID-19

This Back to School Clearance Form was discussed on the Sept. 16 Virtual Chapter Chat and can be used by physicians.

CDC – Toolkit for Youth Sports

Guidance and tools to help youth sports administrators make decisions, protect their teams and players, and communicate with their communities.

Open Letter of Support for School Nurses

We face significant challenges as we collaborate to re-open schools as safely as possible with the latest COVID-19 information. School Nurses are critical in the planning and implementing protocols and procedures as well as monitoring the health of students, faculty and staff.

The 500 members of the American Academy of Pediatrics — Orange County Chapter, are united in their commitment to ensure that school re-entry promotes the overall health and safety of children, teachers, school nurses and all school-related staff.

Governor Newsom Launches “Wear a Mask” Campaign

Californians should wear a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. Share the “Wear A Mask” campaign PSA and social media graphics to encourage others to #MaskUP!

It’s Time for Well-Child Checks — and VaccinationsUCI Health pediatrician Dr. Candice Taylor listens to Nathan Le's heartbeat as his mother, Pauline Le, holds him.

July 10, 2020 | UCI Health
Parents understandably postponed visits to the pediatrician during the lockdown phase of the novel coronavirus pandemic. It initially made sense for all but the most urgent healthcare needs.

Now, however, it’s time to get those well-child visits on the calendar, says UCI Health pediatrician Dr. Candice Taylor.

CHOC Children’s COVID-19 Safety Update

At CHOC Children’s, we know you want to provide your patients the very best care every day, especially during these uncertain times. CHOC has been in close contact with local, state and federal authorities to stay up to date with the latest outbreak information and ensure we’re following the best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19.

AAP-OC Statement on the Resignation of OC Public Health Officer, Nichole Quick, MD

The AAP-OC Chapter and its members speak out in support of Nichole Quick, MD, the Orange County Public Health Officer, and we are saddened by the circumstances prompting her resignation. This is a great loss for our community.

A Podcast by Dr. Richard Pan: Putting the Public into Health

How is COVID-19 impacting children, with Dr. Eric Ball, pediatrician, Children’s at Mission Hospital in Orange County

20 Questions with Dr. Kate: COVID-19 from Jamie McDonald on Vimeo.
A friendly Q and A about COVID-19 from pediatrician Kate Williamson, MD

Pediatricians Share Their Stories about How #PedsPutKids1st During COVID-19

AAP encourages members to share their experiences so we can continue to advocate on your behalf. AAP will share select stories in blogs, social media and other communications, with permission.