Coronavirus

Symptomatic COVID test site

Updated 3/19/20 

Dear Parents:  

Regarding the ongoing Coronavirus situation, we wanted to reassure you that we are doing all we can to keep all our patients safe and healthy. 

As of now, all appointments are being kept as scheduled, however we understand if you would rather reschedule non-urgent office visits. We would like to recommend that only one parent/guardian attend the appointment and try to avoid bringing additional children into the office.

We have increased our cleaning and sanitizing protocols in all patient care areas.  

Effective 3/19/20 we are now mandating that all patients wait in their car for their appointment, simply call the office and push option #3 for appointments, then choose the office you're checking in to when you have arrived and provide us the best number to call you back at when we are ready to see your child. 

As always, should you have any questions or concerns during this time, please do not hesitate to call the office. We have provided helpful links below, if you have any questions related to this information, please let us know.  

-Dr. Dracker 

Updated 5/18/2021

From the Columbia University Department of Pediatrics:

Why should a patient get vaccinated?
• To protect themselves, their families, their community, and help end the pandemic.

Who is eligible?
• Currently authorized for ages 12+ (Pfizer) and 18+ (Moderna, J&J).
• Free and available to everyone – patients do not need insurance, immigration papers, social security number, or ID.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?
• Yes!
• The vaccines were studied in tens of thousands of people.
• More than 100 million Americans have received a vaccine, including the president and vice president, movie stars, etc., and all are fine!

Is COVID-19 preventable with the vaccines?
• COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in preventing disease (especially severe disease and death). Even if you get infected after vaccination it will likely be milder or you won’t have any symptoms.
• To prevent other people in your family from getting COVID-19 it's important to also vaccinate parents/grandparents/babysitters/siblings/everyone.
• Over 580,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 including more than 300 children. With vaccination, death from COVID-19 is preventable!

What are the side effects?
• The most common side effect is a sore arm. Some people may also have redness, rash or swelling where they got the vaccine, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, or nausea, which usually only last a day or two. These are more common after the second dose.
• For J&J: a rare form of blood clot has occurred in a few people who received the vaccine (especially younger people). These are blood clots in the brain, called cerebral vein or cerebral sinus vein thrombosis. Over 7 million J&J vaccines were given, and this clotting problem is VERY RARE. The CDC paused the J&J vaccine to investigate and found that the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks of not getting it. A patient can choose which vaccine to get, so for some patients J&J is not the right choice.

How do the vaccines work?
• The Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines use mRNA. The mRNA is like a blueprint to tell your body how to make the "spike" protein, which is on the outside of the COVID-19 virus. The body then makes antibodies to this protein, which protects you when you are exposed to the virus in the future. Neither the mRNA nor the spike protein can make a patient sick with COVID-19. The mRNA is made out the molecules (nucleic acids) that are already in all our cells, and the mRNA then falls apart and is eliminated from the body quickly.
• The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a disabled adenovirus to guide your body to make the same mRNA that is in the other vaccines, which is then used to make the "spike" protein and then the same antibodies to it. Neither the adenovirus nor the spike protein can make you sick.

How were the vaccines made so quickly?
• The COVID-19 vaccine is based on decades of research for similar vaccines.
• Timelines were overlapped to speed-up the process.
• All of the same safety standards and expert reviews were used as in all vaccines.

What about the new variants?
• As viruses spread, they may change - forming new variants.
• Vaccination is our best tool to stop new variants.
• Vaccines will still help protect us against getting really sick from the new variants.

Where can patients get the vaccine?
• Many pharmacies are offering walk-in visits.
• Visit ongov.net for many vaccine clinic opportunities

If your child receives the COVID vaccine, please be sure to mention it at your next visit, as well as bring your vaccination card for us to add to your child's file.

Link to New Pediatric Patient Education site: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Liverpool Office

4811 Buckley Road, Liverpool, NY 13088

Monday:

9:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday - Friday:

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

If you are looking to pickup forms or drop off any lab specimens, We ask that you call ahead to be sure that we are still in the office.

Sunday:

Closed

Camillus Office

5700 W. Genesee St. Suite 1, Camillus, NY 13031

Monday - Friday:

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday, Sunday:

Closed

  • "They always care about the kids really it’s the best clinic ever recommend it."
    - Om Saif, 2020
  • "The staff, from front desk ladies, to nurses and of course providers, have cared for our special needs daughter since birth, she will soon be 16! They are exceptional with her & myself! I don't know what we are going to do when she turns 21, Dr. Dracker says he's going to keep her forever!"
    - Amy Weber, 2020
  • "All three of my boys go here, as well as my step daughter. They are AMAZING! I get responses right away, they know my children the minute we walk in. They are quick but efficient, they listen to you. If you don't like one provider - definitely ask to see another. Sometimes as a parent you just don't click with someone. I have seen every provider there, including Dr. Draker and everyone has been amazing. They hold a flu clinic so you can just go in and get your flu shot for your kids without having to spend a bunch of time there."
    - Rosenda Mendoza, 2020
  • "My children saw an NP today named Lisa. She was absolutely fabulous with my children for their physicals. She was caring understanding and did her job perfectly! Along with the nurse who checked us in and gave my daughter a shot. She was amazing also."
    - Audrey Grant, 2019
  • "My daughter and now my grandchildren are seen here. This place has an outstanding staff. They are friendly, kind and certainly know how to make both the children and the parents feel comfortable."
    - Kathleen Vandyke, 2019
  • "Very helpful, my kids love the office and doctors."
    - Nicole Majo, 2019
  • "THE BEST HEALTH CARE FOR BABIES TO 21!!! THEY REALLY DO CARE ABOUT THERE PATIENTS. MY KIDS BEEN GOING HERE FOR ABOUT 12 YRS I LOVE THE STAFF, MS.AMY, ALL THE NURSES, AND MY DOCTOR DR.GREEN....OH MY GOODNESS SO MUCH I CAN SAY ABOUT DR.GREEN, BUT I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH OF SPACE..LOL ;-) VERY CARING, GENTLE AND REALLY CARES ABOUT HER PATIENT. I HAVE NEVER HAD AN ISSUE WITH ANYONE AND I LOVE THEM ALL. THEY TREAT YOU WITH RESPECT LIKE NO OTHER!! SO YES YOU SHOULD BRING YOUR KIDS HERE...YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!!!"
    EILEEN V, 4/5/2018