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Your child's vaccination record

It is important to bring your child’s vaccination (immunization) record to all their Children's Mercy visits and appointments. This includes your child's COVID-19 vaccine card if they have received it.

Children’s Mercy is providing COVID-19 testing by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for children at several locations. View the latest symptoms of COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 testing options for children


If your need is more urgent, please call 911.

Testing available for those 2 months up to 22 years.


When you arrive:

  • Please arrive during the hours listed below.
  • When you arrive, use the kiosk to check-in. Select that you are there for a "Walk In COVID Test."
  • You will be called to the desk to register.
  • A staff member will then call you back to do the test.
  • Your child will not be examined at this time. You will only receive the test.

Getting test results

  • Please keep the child quarantined at home while waiting for test results.
  • Results will be processed offsite and will be available within 1-2 days.
  • Results will be sent to your MyChildrensMercy patient portal and may be available sooner.
  • A message will be sent for positive and negative test results.
  • If you do not have an account with the patient portal, we will call you with results.
  • Need to sign up for the portal? Sign up now.
  • If while quarantined you have a scheduled visit in a Children’s Mercy clinic, please call the clinic to ask whether you need to reschedule or switch to a telehealth visit.

Steps to get the test

  • Use Save My Spot to reserve a time to be seen via telehealth or in person at the Children's Mercy urgent care close to you.
  • The decision on whether or not your child will be tested will be determined by the provider.

Getting test results

  • Please keep the child quarantined at home while waiting for test results.
  • Results will be processed offsite and will be available within 1-2 days.
  • Results will be sent to your MyChildrensMercy patient portal and may be available sooner.
  • A message will be sent for positive and negative test results.
  • If you do not have an account with the patient portal, we will call you with results.
  • Need to sign up for the portal? Sign up now.
  • If while quarantined you have a scheduled visit in a Children’s Mercy clinic, please call the clinic to ask whether you need to reschedule or switch to a telehealth visit.
Get Started: use Save My Spot now

While waiting for the results, please follow the below instructions:

  • Call your child’s primary care provider with any concerns about your child’s symptoms or health.
  • Keep your child at home at all times. Do not take them to school, daycare, outside events or other homes.
  • Limit visitors to your home. This is very important to help prevent spread of disease until you get a negative test.
  • Practice good hand washing. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your
    eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean all “high touch” surfaces every day. This includes bathroom fixtures, doorknobs, phones, keyboards and bedside tables. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to label instructions.
  • Avoid sharing utensils, foods and drinks.
  • Have children two years of age and older and their close contacts wear a mask, this will help to prevent spread of the illness.
  • If you or anyone else in your home has cough, fever, or shortness of breath, please call your health care provider.
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) should be used for fever control.

Important: If your child is waiting for COVID-19 test results or tests positive for COVID-19 and has an in-person appointment scheduled with any health care provider, please call that provider to determine whether the appointment needs to be rescheduled.

Children having anesthesia at Children’s Mercy for either surgery or other procedures are required to have COVID-19 PCR testing within 72 hours prior to anesthesia.

Fully vaccinated patients without symptoms and who are not immunocompromised, do not require pre-procedure testing. Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks following last recommended dose by the manufacturer. You must have proof of vaccine verified by Children's Mercy staff. 

A nurse from the surgery or radiology department will contact you to arrange testing.

For more information, use these links:

Testing locations and times

 

Children’s Mercy is providing COVID-19 testing by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for children at several locations. 


Children’s Mercy Nurse Advice Line
(816) 234-3188

Monday - Friday

Children's Mercy Broadway, 1st floor
3101 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 915-4805
12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Children’s Mercy Blue Valley
6750 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
(913) 717-4700
Noon to 10 p.m.

Children's Mercy East
20300 E. Valley View Parkway
Independence, MO 64057
(816) 478-5200
Noon to 10 p.m.

Children's Mercy Northland
501 N.W. Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64155
(816) 413-2500
Noon to 10 p.m.

If you need testing on a holiday, please check the hours for urgent care locations.

Saturday - Sunday

Children’s Mercy Blue Valley
6750 W. 135th St.
Overland Park, KS 66223
(913) 717-4700
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Children's Mercy East
20300 E. Valley View Parkway
Independence, MO 64057
(816) 478-5200
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Children's Mercy Northland
501 N.W. Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64155
(816) 413-2500
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you need testing on a holiday, please check the hours for urgent care locations.

Additional testing information

Preparing your child for the test

We have developed a guide to help you and your child prepare for their test.

Screenshot of "COVID-19 Results" in patient portal.

Finding your results

Once you are logged into the patient portal:

  • Select View Health Records.
  • Then select COVID-19 Results. This will open the screen that provides the positive or negative result. 

Children's Mercy will provide information at the time of your test to help you understand what to do if the test result is positive or negative.