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LVHN Ready to Provide Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Shot for Immunocompromised

Recent FDA and CDC guidance recommends third shots for certain health conditions

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COVID-19 Third Shot

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is ready to provide a third COVID-19 vaccine shot to people whose immunity is moderately or severely weakened by certain health conditions or medications.

Vaccine shots will be available for immunocompromised patients starting today, Aug. 16, 2021. Registration is encouraged, though walk-ins will be accepted. 

Registration can be completed through MyLVHN, our patient portal, at MyLVHN.org, at LVHN.org/vaccines or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD). The hotline is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. COVID-19 vaccinations will continue to be offered at all LVHN COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics.

Who should get a third vaccine shot?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) late Thursday (8/12) recommended third shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for moderately or severely immunocompromised patients, those with weakened immune systems. On Friday (8/13), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), followed with its guidance, formalizing the approval for a third shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. 

The FDA and CDC recommend a third vaccine shot for those with a range of conditions, such as recipients of organ or stem cell transplants, people with advanced or untreated HIV infection, active recipients of treatment for cancer, people who are taking some medications that weaken the immune system, and others. More detailed information is at CDC.gov. Individuals may also be advised by their doctor to get a third vaccine dose.

“Along with encouraging those eligible immunocompromised patients to get a third shot, we urge the unvaccinated to also get their shots to protect against COVID-19, including those living with immunocompromised patients.” – Alex Benjamin, MD, Chief Infection Control and Prevention Officer, LVHN

There was no additional shot guidance for those who are immunocompromised and received the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those individuals should consult their physician.

Third shot recipients will receive the same vaccine as their previous two COVID-19 shots, when feasible. The FDA recommends waiting at least 28 days after the second shot to receive the third dose. Since the Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine that currently has FDA Emergency Use Authorization for those 12-17, that vaccine is the only one currently available for immunocompromised youth.

While proof of an immunocompromised medical condition is not required to get a third COVID-19 vaccine shot, LVHN will require those requesting the shot to attest they meet the criteria for being immunocompromised.

Vaccinations help everyone

“We were awaiting the FDA announcement and are ready to assist the medically vulnerable residents of the communities we serve with a third COVID-19 vaccine shot,” says Alex Benjamin, MD, Chief Infection Control and Prevention Officer, LVHN. “Along with encouraging those eligible immunocompromised patients to get a third shot, we urge the unvaccinated to also get their shots to protect against COVID-19, including those living with immunocompromised patients. This is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated and we urge everyone who hasn’t yet rolled up their sleeves to do so. It’s the right thing to do to help protect yourself and those around you and help end this pandemic.”

LVHN has administered more than 418,000 COVID-19 vaccination shots since vaccines became available in December 2020.

Schedule Your Vaccine

Qualifying individuals can sign up for a third COVID-19 vaccine shot on MyLVHN (mobile app or at MyLVHN.org), at LVHN.org/vaccines or by calling the COVID-19 hotline at 833-584-6283 (833-LVHN-CVD).

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