PLANNING TO VISIT OUR CLINIC? YOU NEED TO WEAR A MASK!
As of Mar 21, 2022 the government of Ontario has lifted the mandatory wearing of masks in most public places. This means that businesses do not need to enforce the wearing of masks by provincial regulation, but it allows businesses to choose whether visitors and patrons will be asked to wear masks.
After careful consideration, we have decided to continue requiring that all visitors (with limited exceptions) continue to wear masks when they visit the clinic. We have chosen to continue the mask requirement in order to protect our most vulnerable patients, as well as our staff.
Who is a vulnerable patient?
Children under the age of 5 who cannot yet receive COVID vaccination, especially newborns who are much more susceptible to infections
Children with medical conditions that affect their immune systems (e.g. children receiving chemotherapy or taking medications that lower immunity)
Children with developmental conditions such as autism, who have difficulty maintaining social distancing
We recognize that everyone is tired of wearing masks and we also look forward to the day when they will no longer be required. However, in the interest of creating the safest environment possible, we are going to continue requiring masks for the time being.
Who does not have to wear a mask in the clinic?
Children under the age of two
Any individual who has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. Please note that medical conditions preventing mask wearing are exceedingly rare and we will require proof of the exemption, in the form of a letter from your physician.
If you choose not to abide by the mask requirement, we would be happy to schedule a virtual appointment instead. For patients that disagree with our decision, please do not argue with our staff as they have been instructed to follow the policy strictly. We will not tolerate any aggressive behaviour (either verbal or physical) towards the staff or physicians. Individuals whose behaviour is deemed abusive will be asked to leave the clinic immediately and this may result in your family being discharged from the practice.
WALK IN CLINIC
In order to give our staff and our physicians some much needed time to recuperate after two very challenging years, Pivotal Kids Clinic will not be scheduling weekend Walk-In clinics over the summer.
Our Saturday morning Walk In will restart in September 2022.
A pediatric walk-in clinic is available for:
Pivotal Kids patients
from Monday - Friday
All visits are in person.
***BY APPOINTMENT ONLY***
COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Aged 5-11 Years
With the recent announcement of Health Canada approving the COVID vaccine for children aged 5-11 years, our office has received many calls from parents who wish to discuss this vaccine with Dr. Witt or Dr. Cellupica. While we appreciate people wishing to speak to their physicians directly, we are finding it difficult to schedule these appointments with the return to more in person visits, check-ups, and urgent calls about illness.
Both Dr. Witt and Dr. Cellupica support the Health Canada recommendation that children aged 5-11 years receive the COVID-19 vaccination. This decision is based on expert opinion, and is especially important as children in this age group have become the fastest growing population of people who are getting infected with COVID. While most children will experience a mild case, there are concerns that children can develop MIS-C which is a severe multisystem inflammatory condition, as well as the risk of developing more severe COVID or suffering long standing symptoms after infection. As well, it is important to have as many people vaccinated in our community so that we can limit the spread of this deadly virus and hopefully prevent any further lockdowns and the negative effect they have on children’s mental health and development.
If you wish more information specific to the COVID vaccine in children, or if you wish to have a consultation regarding the vaccine, please visit https://www.sickkids.ca/vaccineconsult where you can speak to someone by telephone appointment. Additional resources can be found at york.ca/COVID19VaccineInfo.
If you are interested in booking a COVID vaccine appointment for your child, please go online at york.ca/COVID19Vaccine or by calling 1-877-464-9675.
ONLINE BOOKING AVAILABLE
ONLINE BOOKING IS OUR PRIMARY METHOD OF BOOKING APPOINTMENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR ONLINE BOOKING TAB ABOVE. IF YOUR MEDICAL CONCERN IS DIFFERENT THAN THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE, PLEASE CALL THE CLINIC.
IF PHONING THE CLINIC, PLEASE ONLY LEAVE ONE MESSAGE AND OUR STAFF WILL RETURN YOUR CALL WITHIN 24 HOURS.
Pivotal Kids Clinic offers high quality medical services to meet our patients' needs. We have a special interest in behavioural and developmental pediatrics, but also offer a full range of pediatric services. Our aim is to partner with families through their child's early life, and to help kids grow to be healthy and happy adults. We want to see your children reach their full potential.
Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: 9:00-11:30 for Virtual Walk-In Appointments
Walk-In Available to the Public on Saturdays only
Closed on Sundays and Statutory Holidays
37 Jacob Keffer Pkwy
Vaughan, ON L4K 5N8