Coronavirus Updates


Please print and bring the completed Covid-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form to your child’s scheduled appointment. Please complete one form for each child receiving the vaccine.


Click on the name of the vaccine to read, download, and/or print an electronic copy of the Vaccine Information Fact Sheet:

COVID-19 Pfizer-Biontech 5-11

COVID-19 Pfizer-Biontech 12 years and older

COVID-19 Moderna – 6 Months through 5 years of age

06.28.2022 Covid Vaccines for Littles, 6 months – 5 years

While we continue to provide Covid vaccine and boosters for our kids and adolescents 5 years and up, today we are preparing to schedule our littles, 6 months – 5 years, for the Moderna COVID vaccine.

For those who are hesitating, please know that although young children are generally less likely than adults to experience the most serious outcomes of the virus, some do.

Why should you vaccinate your child against COVID?

  • COVID is a risk for young children. Hospitalizations rose sharply in young children during the first Omicron wave in winter 2021-22. As of May 28, 2022 there have been more than 440 COVID deaths in children under the age of 5. Over 400 families now have empty highchairs and booster seats at their tables each morning.
  • We can’t predict which children will have severe illness from a COVID infection – more than half of children who have been hospitalized don’t have any underlying medical conditions.
  • We can now prevent the death of children by getting them vaccinated.
  • Vaccinating children can also help keep them healthy and in school, avoiding further disruption to their routines.

When it comes to the COVID vaccine for littles, we have a personal interest. While our 3 grandchildren over the age of 5 have already been vaccinated and boosted, we have been counting the days until our 3 littles could also be protected.

One of our youngest grandchildren was fortunate to participate in a blind clinical study of the Moderna vaccine to evaluate its safety and efficacy early in the pandemic. We were thrilled to find out when the study was unblinded that he received the actual vaccine. He’s scheduled to receive a booster very soon.

There are still two additional Weiss grandkids under the age of 5 who will receive their COVID vaccines as soon as possible. Needless to say, we’re thrilled.

Please join us in protecting all children.

Email us at to be placed on our scheduling list. We’ll call you as soon as clinic dates are available. Be sure to include your child’s name and your phone number.

We hope to see you soon!

Dr. Weiss & Diane

More information about the COVID vaccine for littles and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at The Shot of Prevention, a national nonprofit organization that aims to raise awareness of the critical importance of vaccinations for people of all ages.

01.09.2022 Update: COVID-19 Community Test Sites

Because of limited resources, our Rapid COVID-19 tests are reserved for those children who are actively sick and require an office visit.

Children who require a COVID test to return to school or daycare or who have been exposed to COVID and are not symptomatic are encouraged to seek testing at one of the many community sites listed below or utilize home tests available at many pharmacies and online.

Updated 01.09.2022**

Site Address Hours Cost Info
Ed Smith Stadium Parking Lot Corner of 12th & Tuttle
2700 12th Street, Sarasota
7 days/week
Free Drive-thru
PCR Only
For results: 410-833-2025 or 786-235-8534
R.L. Taylor Community Complex Parking Lot 1845 34th St, Sarasota 9-4 Mon-Fri
9-1 Saturdays
Free Walk-up
All ages
PCR & Rapid
Rapids Noon-4:00
Dog Track (Former Kennel Club) 5400 Bradenton Rd, Sarasota 9-5 Mon-Sat Free Drive-thru
2 years +
PCR results: 305-280-0441 or 904-780-5665
Dallas White Park 5900 Greenwood Ave,
North Port
9-4 Mon-Fri Free Walk-Up
All ages
PCR 9:00-1:00; Rapids All day
For results: 941-314-5974
America’s Pharmacy 3470 17th Street, Sarasota 9-6 Mon-Fri
10-2 Sat
$69.99 Drive-thru
Reservations recommended; not required
AFC Urgent Care 901 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 8-4 Mon-Fri
8-2 Sat
PCR covered by insurance; Rapid is not covered Drive-thru.
AFC Urgent Care 5925 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton 8-8 Mon-Fri
8-5 Sat
Walk up
Rapid & PCR
SMH Urgent Cares Check website for locations & times Insurance (copay plus deductible) or Self Pay 3 months +
Must see provider to receive COVID test
CVS Check website for locations & to schedule Free Drive thru
3 years up PCR – results in 1-2 days
Walgreens Check website for locations & to schedule Free Drive-thru
3 years up – Self-swab

** Information subject to change. Please check websites to verify

If you have lots of questions about COVID-19 you’re in good company. Here are some of the most common questions parents ask us.

TO QUARANTINE OR NOT TO QUARANTINE? … That is often the question.

  • If not vaccinated, your child should stay home for 10 days after their last exposure OR after receiving a negative test at 5-7 days. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other COVID symptoms are improving.
  • If fully vaccinated OR had COVID within the previous 3 months AND recovered with no symptoms, your child does not need to quarantine. Your child should be tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask for 14 days.

Quarantine guidance is pretty cut and dry. But there’s another question that must be answered first that is a lot more complicated.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD WAS EXPOSED TO COVID-19?… That’s the other question!

We visited Aunt Katie on Sunday. She tested positive on Thursday. Does my child have to stay home from school?”

“We were at an outdoor birthday party with a bunch of children and adults. No one was wearing masks. The father of the birthday girl was diagnosed with COVID the next day. Does my child have to quarantine?

Parents call us every day asking questions like these. We defer to the CDC and other evidence-based sites for the answers to “Was my child exposed?”

You typically need to be in close contact with a person with COVID-19 to get infected. Close contact includes:

  • Living in the same household as a person with COVID-19.
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19.
  • Being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a person sick with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).
  • Being in close contact (as described above) in the 48 hours before a person with COVID-19 developed symptoms.

If you child hasn’t been in close contact with a person who you know had COVID-19, your child is at low risk, but not zero risk, of infection. Your child can continue to go to school.


Even if your child isn’t sick, they should not go to school. Follow the quarantine guidelines above based on your child’s vaccination status.


Here’s where it gets tricky. For older children who are ok isolating from the family that is the best bet. As much as possible, your child should stay in a specific room and away from others in the home. If possible, it’s best for your child to use a separate bathroom. Wearing a face covering when around others is also recommended.

For children who are too young or for whom it would not be appropriate to isolate, everyone over 2 years of age in the household should wear a mask. Everyone should wash hands often, and cover coughs and sneezes.


We recommend that you treat for comfort as you would if your child had the flu: fever management, lots of fluids and rest. While rare in children, watch for difficulty breathing which might look like flaring nostrils and belly breathing.


If your child isn’t drinking or has decreased urination, difficulty breathing, wheezing, extreme fatigue or other worrisome symptoms call our office, 941-552-8341.

Please call us if you have concerns that can’t wait until the office reopens and before you consider going to an Urgent Care or Emergency Room. We know your child best and can provide personalized guidance that emergency facilities cannot. Just call the office number and follow the prompts to reach the on-call provider. We’re available 24/7 when the office is closed.

08.27.2021 Update: COVID-19 Community Test Sites

We know how important COVID-19 testing is when you’re concerned about exposure and when schools are requiring it.

Because of massive demand and limited resources, we are referring children to community sites for testing except to rule out COVID-19 when a child is sick and needs to be seen in-office.

  • If a child has symptoms without known exposure we’re offering Rapid COVID-19 testing in our parking lot. For those who test negative, we provide in-office appointments. With a positive COVID – 19 Rapid test, we provide virtual visits via Telehealth.
  • When a child has symptoms and known exposure, we will schedule a COVID-19 Rapid test in our parking lot. If the test is negative, we’re able to see the child in-office. If positive, we see the child virtually via Telehealth.
  • Children who receive a positive COVID-19 test elsewhere and who are experiencing symptoms requiring an appointment can schedule a virtual appointment with one of our Providers via Telehealth.

Here is the most recent list effective 8/27/2021.

08.21.2021 Update: No Mask Exemptions

07.15.2021 Update: Delta Variant & Kids

If the temperature outside didn’t suggest otherwise, you’d think we’re in the middle of winter. The number of sick children that we’re seeing now is much more like what we’d expect during the winter months when coughs and colds and fevers are common.

So why are the number of sick kids nearly double over last year?

There’s no one answer but a few obvious possibilities.

As the number of people receiving COVID vaccines increase, safety standards have relaxed. Masks are noticeably absent in grocery stores and other public places. Social distancing is becoming a thing of the past as families and friends gather together once again.

While much of what we are seeing is typical childhood illnesses, what is most worrisome is an increase in RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and of course, the concern about the new, much more contagious Delta variant of COVID 19. Children who are too young to be vaccinated and those who choose not to be, are especially vulnerable.

What do parents need to know about the Delta variant?

  • All three COVID vaccines appear to work well against the Delta variant
  • If your child is old enough, be sure they are vaccinated as soon as possible. There is a 3-week period between the first and second shots so if you start now your child will be protected when school starts.
  • If your child isn’t old enough to be vaccinated wearing a mask is the best protection again the Delta variant, along with following all of the standard safety precautions including social distancing, especially when indoors and around adults who aren’t vaccinated.
  • Wash hands, properly and often.
  • Stay home and call us if your child becomes sick.

Most kids contracting the Delta variant seem to have mild infections but the jury will be out about the extent of complications for quite a long time. It is best to prevent infections whenever you can.

The number of COVID cases are on the rise in Sarasota County. The positivity rate is 8.53, up 3.31% in just the past 7 days. It’s definitely not time to let our guard down.

While communities around the country are walking back precautions, we are going the extra mile to keep everyone healthy and safe.

Weiss Pediatric Care and medical clinics around the country are responding to OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). Among other regulations, everyone over the age of 2 entering our office must wear a mask. Air purifiers, COVID questions and temperature checks are here to stay for the foreseeable future.

For the sake of our kids and for our community, please continue to practice safety guidelines whether or not you’ve been vaccinated.

Be well.

03.15.2021 Update: COVID-19 Vaccine for High-Risk teens 16 Years+

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the state of Florida have expanded COVID 19 vaccine availability to certain High Risk adolescent individuals 16 years of age and older.

In our continuing efforts to keep our patients safe during this pandemic, upon request we will complete the necessary form for all children that meet the criteria so that they may receive the vaccine when and if it is available.

This ONLY applies to the Pfizer vaccine* at present. It is the only company with a COVID-19 vaccine approved for ages 16 and up by the FDA. Other companies are petitioning for inclusion but are not covered by this new recommendation.

Weiss Pediatric Care adhere closely to the definition of High Risk as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control. The conditions that are accepted as fulfilling the approval for Pfizer COVID 19 SARS Vaccine are as follows:

  1. Chronic lung disease/Asthmatic bronchitis as defined by a diagnosis of Moderate to Severe Persistent Asthma. This does not include Mild Persistent or Mild Intermittent Asthma at this time. Children must be current on their required quarterly Asthma maintenance visits which include review and update of their Asthma Care Plan and confirmation of their current specific diagnosis. Those that are not followed and treated by Weiss Pediatric Care should either request the required form from their Asthma/Allergy care provider or contact our office to schedule an Asthma Care Review visit before a permission form can be completed.
  1. Type 1 Diabetes
  1. Severe Heart Disease currently being managed by Pediatric Cardiology
  1. Combined Immune Deficiency Disorder or current medical treatments that might impair the immune system such as Cancer treatment
  1. Severe Obesity (BMI >40), not including the diagnosis of “Overweight”
  1. Kidney or Liver disease (not including Urinary Tract Infections)
  1. Essential Hypertension (currently managed in consultation with Cardiology)

These rigid criteria are due to the lack of significant safety data to allow the blanket approval for all children that will hopefully come prior to next school year (2021-2022). This is an emergency approval granted by the FDA and approved by the CDC and AAP at this time.

Weiss Pediatric Care will update this guidance as new information is made available by CDC, FDA, and the AAP.


*Fact sheet: emergency use authorization (eua) of the pfizer-biontech covid-19 vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) in individuals 16 years of age and older

02.09.2021 Update: Say Yes to COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccines have done more to save lives in the past 100 years than any other medical accomplishment.

The COVID-19 vaccines will prevent hundreds of thousands of children and adults from becoming very sick or dying from this virus.

That’s why Weiss Pediatric Care is encouraging everyone to get the vaccine when it is available to them. When it comes to children our best hope is that the vaccine may be available for certain age groups before the 2021-22 school year begins.

Here’s what Dr. Weiss wants you to know about the COVID-19 Vaccine:

“COVID-19 can be a ‘silent’ disease that can spread easily to those we meet, talk with, and spend time with. It has been and continues to be a killer of people of all ages. This battle is far from over. We can’t afford to take unnecessary chances with exposing others we love, and care about, to such a dangerous pathogen. The COVID vaccine is our best and only solution at this critical time in history.”

We trust the science and research that support the recommendation for COVID vaccine for all. Yet we know that parents often have questions and want to do their own research before deciding about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Using Google to find answers to important questions can lead to information that is confusing and inaccurate. We encourage everyone to make an informed decision using information that is based in science.

Here are a few places we turn to for trustworthy information about the COVID -19 vaccine.

American Academy of Pediatrics – COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Johns Hopkins Medicine – COVID 19 Vaccines Myths VS Facts

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center – Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccines

Center for Disease Control (CDC) – COVID-19 Vaccine Myths & Facts

If you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines, please contact us. We are always here to answer your questions.

01/23.2021 Update


WHO: This service is available to Weiss Pediatric Care patients who meet one of the following criteria: 1) Children with known exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or who has symptoms common to COVID-19; and/or 2) Patients with cough, fever, loss of taste or smell or other symptoms that might be due to COVID-19.

WHAT: We offer Rapid COVID-19 tests, PCR (Polymerase chain reaction) tests, and Rapid COVID-19-FLU Combo Tests.

Rapid COVID-19 tests provide results in 15 minutes. Getting test results quickly helps us make decisions about your child’s care. When a patient’s rapid test is negative, we schedule an in-office appointment. When a rapid test is positive, we offer telehealth appointments.

PCR tests are considered the “gold standard” to determine if a child has an active COVID-19 infection. For that reason, we recommend doing both the Rapid and PCR tests at the same time. PCR tests are sent to an outside lab. Results are usually available in 48-72 hours.

Rapid COVID-19 & FLU Combo tests provide results in 15 minutes for both COVID-19 and Flu with a single swab. Because the symptoms are almost identical, knowing whether a child has one or both viruses (Yes! You can have COVID and FLU at the same time!) can be important for treatment recommendations.

WHERE: A member of our nursing team meets patients at their cars for COVID testing. When you arrive for testing, please park on the interstate side of our parking lot near the green awning. Be sure to call us when you arrive to let us know you’re here. We’ll also need to know the make, model, and color of your vehicle so your nurse will be able to find you. You’ll recognize your nurse because she’ll be wearing a blue protective gown, face mask, face shield, and gloves. We ask that everyone two years of age and older wear face masks when our nurse greets you at your vehicle.

HOW: Rapid and PCR tests require nose swabs, much like the ones we use for flu testing. These swabs are not deep into the nose. Instead, our nurses describe the swabs more like a “tickle” just inside the nose.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Most private and Medicaid insurance plans cover the cost of the Rapid COVID-19 tests and PCR tests. For those without insurance, or if insurance does not cover the cost, the costs are:

Rapid COVID-19 tests: $50
Rapid COVID-19-Flu Combo tests: $75
PCR Tests – $125

For additional information, please give us a call at 941-552-8341. We’re always happy to hear from you!


9/8/2020 UPDATE: Flu Clinics During a Pandemic: What it will look like for our patients

FLU CLINIC DURING THE WEEKDAYS: Thursday and Friday from 8:15am to 9:15am / 3:45pm – 4:45pm

  • When you arrive please call from your vehicle.
  • We will ask you the COVID-19 screening questions and go over the consent for the flu vaccine with you over the phone.
  • We will verify your insurance and take any payment necessary before you come inside.
  • Once we have reviewed everything with you we will invite you come to the door to take your temperature.
  • Please be sure to wear a face covering.
  • We will administer the flu vaccine and you will be on your way with cookies and a badge of honor.

ONE-WAY WALK-THRU FLU CLINIC ON SATURDAYS: October 3rd, 10th and 17th from 8am – 12pm

  • We will be calling on Friday for any insurance questions and to collect payment over the phone
  • When you arrive on Saturday – be sure to wear a face covering and come to the office to check-in.
  • Please be sure to follow the queue lines to ensure safe distancing at all times.
  • We will greet you outside our front door and provide you with a brief questionnaire to complete in our courtyard that includes:
    • COVID-19 Screening
    • Flu Vaccine Consent
  • Once you have completed the questionnaire, you will return to the front door for your temperature check and to be escorted to your sanitized exam room.
  • Your nurse will be waiting for you to administer your flu vaccine.
  • After receiving your badge of honor and some cookies for the road, you will be directed to the exit.
  • Be sure to follow the arrows for our one-way walk-thru flu clinic to ensure safe distancing.

Take a walk with this muggle through the magical world of Weiss Pediatric Care to see what our Saturday Walk-Through Flu Clinics will look like this year:

7/28/2020 UPDATE:

COVID-19 Scheduling Update: The pandemic and summer physical season have conspired to create a perfect storm …of the scheduling variety. Just when we are at our busiest, we are challenged with significant scheduling restrictions to ensure the safety and health of our families. What that means for you, our patients, is that we may have changed your previously scheduled appointment to allow extra time for:

  • in-car check-in procedures;
  • spacing of visits to maximize physical distancing;
  • separating sick appointments from well appointments;
  • accommodating telehealth appointments for sick children;
  • enhanced sanitizing procedures.

We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of the scheduling gymnastics that we are performing on a daily basis to keep you safe and healthy. We are especially grateful for your understanding and your willingness to make changes along with us.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to continue to keep your children healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

COVID UPDATE 07.01.2020


We continue to adjust our guidelines to ensure your safety as more information is made available by the CDC.

  • We are still offering telehealth for all respiratory conditions and illnesses
  • We have designated appointment times for well visits and designated times available for in-office non-respiratory sick appointments.
  • We are screening all patients and accompanying adults for COVID-19 exposure and active symptoms before allowing entry to the office.
  • We have suspended walk-in hours indefinitely so that we can offer you the most appropriate appointment when your child is sick, either in-office or via telehealth.


At this time, we have no plans to offer COVID testing in the office. However, here is what you need to know about testing in our area.

Anyone who wishes to be tested can be tested without a physician’s note and without symptoms.

When considering whether or not to seek testing, here are a few questions to guide your decision:

  1. Were you in direct contact with someone two days prior to their testing for COVID-19 and whose results were positive or who had active symptoms?

Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of that person for longer than 15 minutes. If your exposure doesn’t meet the definition of close contact then your risk is low.

  1. If you were in close contact, has it been longer than 10 days since you were with that person?

If it hasn’t been longer than 10 days, testing is recommended. If it has been longer than 10 days, then ask yourself the next question.

  1. Do you have symptoms such as a rash on hands and feet, shortness of breath, or a persistent cough?

If the answer is YES, then going to the hospital or being tested is recommended. If the answer is no, then ask yourself the next question.

  1. Do you have fever, sore throat, headache, red eyes, body aches or muscle pain, chills or fatigue, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting?

If the answer is YES to two or more of these symptoms, then testing is recommended. If the answer is NO or yes to only one symptom, then testing is optional.

If you have had direct contact or any of the current symptoms of COVID-19, please call us to review the exposure and provide recommendations and guidance.

For a list of current symptoms of COVID-19, visit the CDC website.


RL Taylor Community Center Complex is the only local testing facility available for children. Adults can also be tested at this facility. Testing is free. No appointment necessary.

RL Taylor Community Complex Drive-Thru Testing
7 days/week 8am-5pm
1845 34th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234
Nose swab. Need valid photo ID. Results 2-4 days.

Plan on long lines at this facility and others in our area. A portion of your wait time will be outside of your vehicle. It is a good idea to bring water and snacks and some entertainment while you wait. There are a limited number of tests available per day, so plan to arrive as early as possible to avoid being turned away.

For additional testing locations, you can contact the COVID hotline at 941-861-2883.

What Else Should You Know?

We encourage everyone to continue to social distancing and follow all the CDC recommended guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

If you have any questions, concerns or just want general information about COVID-19, we are here for you and doing everything we can to answer all of your questions as quickly and as accurately as possible.

We apologize for all the inconveniences created by this pandemic and thank all of you for your continued trust in us as we work together to keep everyone healthy.

Update: 6/9/2020

Our busy summer physical season is now in full swing! By following our new protocols, you can help us keep everyone safe during their visits to our office. Please read the important details below:

  1. Only one person should accompany the child who has the appointment and only children with appointments should come into the office whenever possible.
  2. Everyone who enters the office who is over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask for the duration of the visit.
  3. If anyone in the home is feeling ill DO NOT COME to your child’s well appointment. Call the office to discuss any symptoms and discuss making alternate arrangements.
  4. If you are in a quarantine period as directed by a healthcare professional for yourself or someone in your household DO NOT COME. Call the office.
  5. There will be no waiting room. When you arrive, please call from your car to let us know you are here. We will notify you when your exam room is available.
  6. Please put on your mask before you enter the office. We will take your temperature and escort you directly to an exam room.
  7. Prepare your young children for what they will see: everyone in masks, no books or toys.
  8. Complete your surveys on the portal PRIOR to the visit so that we do not have to share devices for completing them in the office. Visit our website for instructions logging into your portal and contact our office if you are not able to login. Access your portal here:
  9. Call to confirm your child’s appointment 24 hours in advance. If you are uncertain of your next appointment time, feel free to call us at any time.
  10. Bring any school/camp forms with the parent portion completed so we can complete them in a timely manner. All form requests will be completed within 2 to 3 business days and uploaded to your patient portal. We are unable to fax or email completed forms.
  11. Please keep your well appointments so we can provide appropriate care and vaccines to protect your child and our community.
  12. Call the office if you need to reschedule at least 24 hours in advance so we can offer that appointment to another patient.

Thanks for working with us to keep your children and our community protected and safe!

5/18/20 Update:
Telehealth is here to stay! OUR KIDS are taking classes at home, YOU are working from home, and NOW, you can see US from the comfort of YOUR HOME. We are offering telehealth to sick patients and for other appointments such as asthma, ADHD and allergy follow-up. Call us to schedule a virtual visit.

We continue to see children for well visits, while also offering limited in-office sick appointments at separate times for issues that cannot be addressed via telehealth such as ear pain and urinary symptoms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging everyone to keep their well visit appointments. Well visits are an important opportunity to make sure that your child is growing and developing normally, to provide immunizations, to administer age appropriate screenings, and to identify and treat any health problems. In addition, they allow both you and your child an opportunity to ask questions related to their physical and emotional health and well-being.

Call us today to schedule your child’s well visit and beat the summertime rush!

We are taking extra steps to make sure you and your children are safe when you come to see us.

  • We screen all patients prior to scheduling appointments and then again upon checking-in from their cars. We ask questions about coughing, fever, or shortness of breath; travel in the past 14 days; and potential contact with anyone with a presumed or confirmed case of coronavirus in the past 14 days.
  • Everyone is wearing facemasks – staff, parents, and kids over two, though we know that little ones often just won’t or can’t wear a mask.
  • Staff temperatures are taken and documented at the beginning of each shift; Parents’ and children’s temperatures upon entering the office.
  • Only one guardian accompanies each child for a visit, though we understand that some of you may feel strongly about both parents being present.

To minimize time in the office and to limit exposure, much of what you used to do while in our waiting room you can now do while waiting in your car for a room to become available. Call us when you arrive so that we can help you:

  • answer pre-visit screening questions;
  • address any payments;
  • complete surveys via your patient portal using your smart phone;
  • review what to expect at this visit and when your next appointment is scheduled.

Now more than ever, it’s very important that families stay connected to their pediatrician and their medical home. We care about the health of your baby, child or teen and are happy to talk to you about anything from medicines and illnesses to injuries and behavior issues.

We thank you in advance for your understanding as we have been moving appointments (unfortunately sometimes more than once) in order to adjust our office schedule to make sure our patients can receive the safest care possible.

We are starting to plan for the next three months and will make accommodations to keep all of our community as safe as possible. Thanks for working through this with us! We will make it through together.

04/29/20 UPDATE

Summer is almost here!

We’re working hard to make sure we have availability for everyone’s well visits while continuing to follow guidelines to keep everyone safe.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • To create separate well and sick visit times, well visits will be offered in the mornings and early afternoons throughout the summer. Sick visits will be scheduled via telehealth with Dr. Weiss and in-office during specific afternoon hours for non-respiratory illnesses.
  • Because Dr. Weiss is taking the lead on our telehealth appointments, his availability to see kids in the office will be somewhat limited this summer. However, our amazing Nurse Practitioners will be here, as always, to take excellent care of you.

As we shift things around to accommodate new protocols and staff availability, it is possible that your child’s previously scheduled summer well visit appointment time has changed and maybe even which provider your child was scheduled to see. Please give us a call to confirm your child’s next well visit appointment, if we haven’t already called you, to make sure to secure a day and time that works best for you.

While we are separating well and sick appointments by modifying how we schedule, we are also continuing to follow guidelines to further limit everyone’s exposure.

  • That’s means we’ll be asking you to call us from our parking lot upon arrival so that we can check you in and make sure we have a room waiting for you.
  • We’re also asking that whenever possible families have only one adult accompany a child to their appointment.
  • And we’re asking that everyone older than 2 years of age who visits our office wear a face covering.

As for us, we’ll be greeting you with masks on, and offering you hand sanitizer upon entering the office and just about everywhere else you turn. We’re sanitizing like we always have but with even greater vigilance, if that’s possible.

While things are surely not back to normal, our care for your children is all that you have come to expect.

Our team is looking forward to seeing you now and over the summer so that everyone is ready for a healthy start to a new school year.

Please visit our website for real time information on how we are working to protect you and your family at

04/02/20 UPDATE

As an essential service, Weiss Pediatric Care remains open, even as Governor DeSantis has issued a stay-at-home order. We’re here, working hard to answer your questions over the phone, and to provide safe care for well and sick children in our office and through Telehealth appointments.

It is especially important that infants keep their well visits and get immunizations on time. We don’t want to have an outbreak of measles or another preventable illness during this time when hospitals are trying to prepare for a surge of ill COVID-19 patients.

Since many children and parents are home during this stay-at-home period, we encourage you to schedule and keep well visits now to avoid the inevitable summer rush. Many of our student athletes will need sports physicals in the fall. Now’s the time to get in before the rush. We are confident that our office remains a safe place to receive appropriate care.

We are scheduling well visits until 3:00 pm daily, and seeing children with non-respiratory illnesses in the office between 3:00-4:00 pm.

With the introduction of Telehealth, we’re pleased to be able to schedule most sick visits virtually. Telehealth visits are available every weekday from 9:30 am – 4:40 pm.

Effective immediately, we have dedicated exam rooms that will be used ONLY for well visits. We will, of course, continue to clean and sanitize all rooms to the fullest possible extent after every patient visit.

Our staff are wearing masks and face shields for all visits and we’re thoroughly cleaning rooms between patients.

We’re asking all patients to call us from their cars upon arrival. We’ll take care of check-in by phone and let you know when your room is ready. No waiting in the waiting room for now.

We also ask that, whenever possible families have only one adult accompany a child to the office so that we can limit the number of people in the office and exam rooms at any one time.

Please call us first whenever your child is sick and before going to an urgent care or emergency room. Let us help you choose the safest place for care, as the urgent care or ER may increase your family’s risk of exposure.

We continue to provide care for your children – well or sick. Call us first!

3/23/20 UPDATE
WELL VISITS: please keep your appointment. Bring only the child with an appointment and one parent (feel free to have the other parent join the conversation on speaker phone). AND IF YOU DON’T FEELWELL DON’T COME. Please call to reschedule.

SICK VISITS: All sick visits will be screened by the nursing team and then rescreened by Dr. Weiss or a Nurse Practitioner to decide whether an in-office visit is necessary and/or can be accomplished by Telehealth.

3/19/20 UPDATE
COVID-19 Testing
We are unable to test for COVID-19 in our office. Suspected cases are being referred to our local health department who will advise if a person is a candidate for testing. Currently only patients who have symptoms including fever, cough, trouble breathing AND known travel or exposure to a confirmed case are being tested.

3/18/2020 UPDATE

  • WELL VISITS ONLY scheduled in the morning; SICK VISITS ONLY after lunch.
  • Staff will wear masks for sick visits.
  • Telehealth is coming soon so stay tuned for opportunities to schedule virtual visits.

3/16/2020 UPDATE

  • Walk-in visits and extended Monday hours are cancelled.
  • No waiting in the waiting room. Call from your car upon arrival so we can let you know when your room is ready.
  • Please leave siblings and other family members at home, whenever possible. Only bring the child being seen accompanied by one parent.

Viral illness: fever, cough, difficulty breathing; symptoms can be mild to severe.
Spread: person to person, through respiratory droplets; new cases are emerging showing community spread meaning no known contact with an infected person and no recent travel to endemic areas.
Testing: in-office testing is not available suspected cases are being referred to the Sarasota County Health Department.
Treatment: current treatment is supportive care; rest, fluids, fever medications; it is not know if current anti-viral medications are effective against COVID-19
When to call the doctor: if your child is having significant shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or fever over 100.5 for more than 4 days, contact us.
Reducing the spread of viral illnesses:

  • Good handwashing is key!
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Do not share eating utensils (e.g., spoon, fork).
  • Stay home if you feel ill.
  • Healthy eating, exercise and adequate sleep are all cornerstones of staying healthy.
  • The use of masks in public does not keep you from picking up respiratory illnesses. Masks can help (but not completely prevent illness) protect those around you if you are sneezing or coughing.

Remember children with coronavirus generally have MILD symptoms but it is important to keep them from spreading to the more vulnerable people in our community. Social distancing and handwashing are key. If your child is having respiratory symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat) but is not experiencing any distress it is best to STAY HOME!

For trustworthy, current information about COVID-19: