COVID-19 Updates: Latest Information for Parents

Health Alerts: Coronavirus

Covid-19 Updates

Health Alerts: Coronavirus

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New! Keeping Our Community Safe: Letter to Patients and Families

Update: Two visitors are now allowed at the patient’s bedside and in the outpatient clinics. (Effective 3/25/21)

Protect Our Children: A Message from the Nation’s Children’s Hospitals

Scheduling Vaccinations at Rady Children’s

New! Booster Shots for Immunocompromised Populations

On August 12, the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people with weakened immune systems. For community members who meet the immunocompromised criteria, we are giving booster shots in the vaccine clinic. (See hours and location below).

The CDC has given final approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency usage in adolescents 12 to 15 years old.

Rady Children’s is scheduling appointments for anybody in our community 12 years of age and older.

If the patient or family has a Rady Children’s MyChart account, they can schedule their vaccine appointment directly in the appointments section. See patient instruction sheet.

The clinic is also accepting walk-ins as there are plenty of appointments and vaccine available.

For those without MyChart, please use this link to sign up children and family members:

Password: cares2021

Vaccine Clinic

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Location: 8001 Frost Street, Dining Rooms A, B and C next to the cafeteria. (Map it)

  • Please bring an ID and insurance card.
  • Paid parking is available in the Frost Street lot or Visitor North Garage.

Fifteen minutes of on-site observation is required after vaccination.

Read this post-vaccine handout.

You may also schedule appointments for Rady Children’s and other vaccine locations through the My Turn web portal.

CDC Okays Coadministration

The CDC has changed its recommendation that individuals should not get another vaccination within two weeks of a COVID-19 shot.

Now the CDC says it is fine to give more than one vaccine at a time.

COVID Collaborative for Children                                   
Learn how to get tested at Rady Children’s for COVID-19.

Rady Children’s Hospital Crisis Care Guidelines 

Rady Children’s has a longstanding covenant with our community, to restore, sustain and enhance the health and well-being of children and families providing safe, high-quality care to every patient.

Currently, we are in the midst of a statewide surge in COVID-19 cases. As a children’s hospital, we have so far felt the impacts less than our adult hospital partners, who are strained by staffing and supply shortages. We are providing support to these facilities where we can and working closely with hospitals in San Diego County and across the state in hopes we can avoid a true crisis situation.

Given the potential that resources may become inadequate to meet the needs of all patients in California, state government has developed Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines. These guidelines are based on best practices from across the country and guided by ethical principles and a commitment to equity, with the goal of providing the best possible outcome for the largest number of people impacted.

Across health care, the state, the country and the world, we are in this together.

Escondido Urgent Care Now Open
Learn about our Urgent Care Centers.

San Diego County Schools COVID-19 Town Hall for Families

Brought to you by the County of San Diego, the San Diego Office of Education and Rady Children’s in order to keep our kids, our schools and our community safe and healthy. (See Video Table of Contents.)

Questions about COVID-19?
Pediatric Nurse Advice Line: 858-966-8399
Monday-Friday, 8-5 p.m.

Video (Telemedicine) Visits Are Available! Learn more.

In-Person Visits: Preparation for Your In-Person Visit with Rady Children’s Specialists

Visitors and patients coming to the Hospital or clinics need to wear their own face coverings, as our supplies of donated masks to hand out are limited. Please wear the face coverings you are required to wear when you are out in the community.

Your child may be asked to wear a mask while checking in at the Hospital or going to a clinic. See Flier.

See Our COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

Centralized COVID-19 Medical Equipment Initiative Launches Today across San Diego County:
To donate needed supplies and equipment, call 800-258-0007 or email

New walk-in Orthopedic Injury Clinic open during COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

Lost your job or hours reduced? You can get health coverage!
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  • Urgent Care Centers at the following locations:

    – Murrieta (effective Thursday, March 26)
    – La Mesa (effective Monday, March 30

Sites will reopen as needed. Our other urgent care locations in Mid-City, Oceanside, Escondido and Chula Vista are open with usual hours. For round-the-clock pediatric urgent care, we also offer the emergency department on the main campus in San Diego as well as board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialists at Rancho Springs Medical Center in the emergency department.


As cases of the novel coronavirus increase in San Diego County, we understand you may have questions about your child’s health and how to access care. This webpage contains important details on what to do if your child is sick, the best way to contact us regarding receiving care, COVID-19 testing, health tips and more.

Clinics will continue to see patients in person with urgent and time-sensitive needs. For routine follow-up care, many clinics are offering video visits or telephone consults when office visits are not an option. To protect our patients and families, and minimize community spread of the COVID -19 virus, we are limiting the number of people who are on the Hospital campus or at the satellite locations.

**If you or your child is exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms – cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea – please contact your primary care doctor to seek advice on how and where to receive care.**

Please do not go to the emergency department or urgent care for minor respiratory illnesses or fevers. Rady Children’s is following the recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and San Diego County, to ensure we are prepared and equipped to provide emergency services to our community.


Rady Children’s is committed to meeting the health care needs of all children in our community, and our physicians are working hard to ensure that we are consistent in providing both preventative and routine care, as well as care for those with urgent and time-sensitive needs. During this time, however, you may experience scheduling modifications. You may be offered a video visit or a phone consult in place of a face-to-face visit for routine follow-up care.

It is important to check your child’s doctor’s website before coming in. If you do not find necessary information, please call the provider’s office to help direct your child to the most appropriate care without compromising your or your child’s health, and the health of other patients and our staff.


We recommend that, whenever possible, you have a video or phone visit rather than coming in to a clinic. These visits are convenient and safe, and are available at many primary care and some specialty care offices. You may be offered to option to change your in clinic visit to a telemedicine visit or phone visit. Learn more about video visits.


The only approved visitors to our clinics are Partners in Care. Anyone entering a Rady Children’s facility, regardless of vaccination status, must always wear an approved facial covering. Those wearing gaiters, bandanas, single-layer cloth masks or masks with exhalation valves will be provided a standard facial covering. Learn more.


The Hospital has updated its visitation policy to keep families and staff safe. Learn more.


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. (Watch the video below on how to clean your hands.)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your entire mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Practice social distancing: Stay six feet away from others and avoid large gatherings. This is particularly important for patients with chronic medical conditions or are immunocompromised.
  • Store a two-week supply of food and beverages, including food for family pets.
  • Ensure you have a two-week supply of prescribed and routine medications on hand. If you need refills, contact your pharmacy.
  • Plan ways to care for those who are at greater risk for serious complications, and determine who will take care of sick family members.

Our goal is to continue providing quality care and service to our patients and families, while ensuring we are protecting everyone from exposure to COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

Video: How to Clean Your Hands



Important Alert about Chloroquine Phosphate

Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a health care provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death. Clinicians and public health officials should discourage the public from misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums). Clinicians should advise patients and the public that chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a health care provider as prescribed medications.

The entire Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Advisory is available at the link below:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status

The World Health Organization has officially declared a pandemic (worldwide spread of a new disease) for the novel coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19.


As the outbreak expands, the risk of being exposed to COVID-19 will increase. Those living with or caring for persons with COVID-19, as well as travelers from certain international locations, are at an elevated risk of exposure.


Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. To date, illness in children appears to be milder than in adults.

Higher Risks

Patients with conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or weakened immune systems are felt to be at higher risk. Public health agencies are recommending that people at higher risk of severe illness should self-quarantine.


There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. The great majority of infected people will recover on their own.

COVID-19 Web Resources

If you have general questions about coronavirus disease, you can call 211 to speak to someone.

COVID-19 Cases

For the latest information on positive cases of COVID-19 in San Diego County and the state of California, visit the links below.

Preparation at Rady Children’s

Rady Children’s has a comprehensive plan in place that addresses how we respond to an infectious outbreak like the coronavirus.

Here are some ways that Rady Children’s is taking action:

  • We have a core team of experts who plan for infectious outbreaks and work in close collaboration with our San Diego County partners in public health.
  • We quickly identify patients who may be infected and then immediately isolate them from other patients and families.
  • Staff wear the correct personal protective gear and follow established practices, including excellent hand hygiene.
  • We participate in calls with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and communicate directly with our local health department on any potential pediatric cases.

We are confident in our plan to take care of coronavirus patients as we have with other recent outbreaks of measles, mumps, pertussis and H1N1.